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10.27.2009

Already ~ and yet only ~ a year?

I don't know where the time has gone. In some ways it seems like just yesterday when I looked up from signing paperwork in the Wuhan Civil Affairs office and saw a timid little boy walk in.

And then it was time for the orphanage staff to go. While he had been curious about the tall, strange sounding white people at first, he wanted no part in being held by me!

Thousands of hugs, kisses, and everyday moments together has brought us so far!

Actually taken last Thursday, so not quite a year later, but close...


And man there were days along the road that I thought they may kill one another, but today my kids really enjoyed one another's company.

Now, looking back on it all, I suppose it was at the moment that I took this picture on that very first night that I thought ~ no, make that KNEW ~ that while we had some bonding to achieve that before long as a family we were gonna be alright.
My precious Caleb,

It just seems like you've always been here. Thank goodness you sleep as hard as you play or Mommy would have giant bags (instead of just dark circles) under her eyes. Daddy and I laugh and say that you turned our lives upside down ~ and man do we like it! You have enriched our world more than words can express. Happy one year forever family day. I love you to the moon ~ and back!

Always,
Mommy
My happy boy today, 365 days more beautiful!

15 comments:

Leslie said...

Kristi, you always leave me misty-eyed in some hotel room in another state while I'm reading your blog late at night. =)

I see the glory of God in your family.

Laurie said...

What a great day to celebrate! He is just darling, Kristi!

Amy Woods said...

I can't bu-lieve that its already been a year!!! My how he has changed!! Happy Forever Family Day!!!

heather said...

Happy forever family day my friend! I too cannot believe it's been that long ... strange to me still how it can seem like ages and just yesterday all at once. The transformation in your sweet boy has been wonderful to see. Happy Family Day sweet Caleb!

Rachelle said...

Happy Forever Family Day! What a blessing!

Gavin's Family said...

What a wonderful post from a mother to her son.
You have such a beautiful family.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy Family Day! That first anniversary... so special. Every year is special, but that first one! The amount of change you see in that first year... in everyone... sigh.

Cindy M said...

Love, love, love you, Caleb, my little junk food junkie! Too bad your Pringles aren't in the mail yet. Hang in there...band season is almost over!!!

Di said...

Congratulations!! I cannot believe it has been a year that i have been following your adventures in life!

Kimberly said...

Happy forever family day!! Caleb has grown so much this year-- he looks so joyful in the picture you took today. Wow- a whole year together already!

Jenn said...

It's amazing the difference you can see in him today!

I just remembered....we got our Karleigh Mei in the same room! Oh the memories in that Wuhan Civil Affairs office. sigh.

Lisa said...

I still can't believe it's been a year. I started following your blog not long after you came home and I just can't believe I've been doing the blog thing that long!

He has grown and flourished sooooo much! Happy Forever Family Day!!!

Nancy said...

Yay! Happy one year anniversary!!!! I teared up reading your post and looking at the pix. That's one happy little boy. You are SO blessed!

Pam said...

Happy family day!

I am so sorry I am late, but for whatever reason, I'm not getting the updates on my bloglines. We were certainly thinking of you and your SWEET family on your special day, though.

Jess and Tim said...

I am very late in posting this, but to Mr. Caleb, Happy family day! You are beautiful gift from God!!