Tuesday, December 13, 2011

One year Gotcha Day anniversary!

One year ago today we met our little Saidie for the first time.  Here is a link to the post I made for that day.  It still amazes me that the frightened, grieving child we met in China has become such a happy, playful, loving little girl. 

While the journey from there to here has at times been marked by tears and difficulties, it has much more so been marked by laughter and joy.  We have witnessed a slow and steady transformation in Saidie that continues to develop daily.  Her tender love and engaging smile bring such sweetness to our lives.  Her girly-ness and love of bling bring a special sparkle to our days. 

Tonight we celebrated our little sweetie.   We ate Chinese take-out and let Saidie unwrap her Gotcha Day gift.  This year's gift was a little blue patchwork quilt with traditional Chinese dresses on it.  Each year our girls open a small gift from China on their gotcha day and we light their gotcha candle in memory of their Chinese family.  After the gift was unwrapped, we watched Saidie's movie.  It consists of both still photos and video of our time in China with Saidie.  She enjoyed her movie so much that she requested we watch it again.

Happy Gotcha Day, Saidie!  We certainly love being your forever family.


Gina (Caleeo) said...

Congratulations! Beautiful post - love seeing the awesome pictures.

Paige said...

Happy one year! Wow, it has gone by quickly!

Martha said...

Can't believe it's been a year already...seems like you just got back. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

So sweet! Thank you for allowing us to love and pray for Sadie. It is so fun to see her grow. May God continue to bless her and keep her in His strong hand!
Love, the Kochs

Kristina said...

Wow! Can't believe it has already been a year!!!