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9.04.2011

Sunday Snapshot {better with a friend}

Assessment stagger days wrapped up Tuesday and Wednesday we went to meet the teacher.  Thursday was the first day for all the kindergarteners at Kylie's school.   And while she was still clearly having some anxiety about the official start of her kindergarten year, that first day she had a friend at her side.


These two were born two weeks apart in the same province of China.  Their parents met on the flight to Beijing.  They were united with their forever families within minutes of each other in the same hot room at the civil affairs office in Guangzhou.  Three days later they had their first of  many play dates in the China Hotel.

feb 8, 2007
And as testament to God's amazing design, today they live in the same neighborhood.

as the girls stood on shannon's driveway thursday morning i had flashbacks of a visit ky and i made just days after  her second birthday.  i asked them to sit down and it made my throat catch a little as i remembered in my mind just how tiny they were in that picture.  see for yourself here.
For that reason, they are attending the same elementary school.


And if you are going to the same school, you may as well walk together on the first real day, right?


They held hands the entire way.  We're not sure if it was a sign of their friendship or a matter of survival. Shannon and I walked just out of earshot for most of the time, but occasionally caught bits of conversation about random things ~ what they thought they'd do at gymnastics that night, silly antics they had witnessed in their siblings, what they did the day before...


Sweetest of all though?  I overheard Ky at one point say, "Yeah, I'm a little bit nervous too.  But I know I'll see you on the playground.  Okay?"

must... fight...back...tears ~ so thankful she has someone she shares so much history with to face the unknown of elementary school!
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Sunday Snapshot




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19 comments:

Sis said...

Oh, how cute are they? So adorable! Just came across your site from Sunday Snapshot. Cant wait to read back and catch up on your journey! I have been on this journey for about 3 years now....still waiting. Thanks for the pics!
~Sis
http://adoption-thecrookedroad.blogspot.com

Tina Michelle said...

That is so sweet!

Kate said...

What a gift to your girls to have each other. That is really special. They are so sweet..and I know they will have a fabulous year!!

Merrill said...

Oh my goodness! What a story those girls share! So glad they had each other as they ventured off to kindergarten. Hope they have a wonderful year!

prechrswife said...

So sweet! Love that they have each other on this adventure...

jody said...

I am so happy that God has brought all of us together! What sweet friendship K and L will share years to come. It really is amazing when I look at all of our kids from a place on the other side of the world building relationships here. God is so good to us!

sweet momma luv u said...

What a sweet friendship for life! I love your daughter's backpack. Can you tell me where you got it?

I am visiting from sunday Snapshot.
Jody
mommy to 2 adopted wonders

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

How wonderful that they are able to have each other to lean on for support- they are so darling going off to school.

Christian said...

Adorable!! Very heartwarming.

Our Journey to China said...

Oh how sweet God is to bless these sweet girls with such a life together. :0) I love it!

anything but LoKEY said...

That is so awesomely sweet. God is so good!

Jenn said...

The story is so adorable, I love thier friendship. I hope they continue the friendship into adulthood.

roomforatleastonemore said...

Kristi, That is absolutely the most amazing and precious story I've read in a long time! You are so BLESSED to be so close to Kylie's China Sister.

While we have one in our town physically (yes, same SWI though they came home at different times), there is no relationship. Our girls don't even know each other. It breaks my heart, but I have tried.

I am sure you don't take it for granted, but for someone who prays DAILY for a friend like that for her DD ... just had to share thank you for sharing b/c this gives me hope.

Traci said...

Pray it is going well! I can't believe how much they both have grown!!

Grandma Shultz said...

My precious, Kylie (and Lottie), you are so grown-up. Know you will love school and meeting many new friends. I'm so happy that you have each other to walk to and from school together (with Mama's as well, of course). I'm so proud of you. Want to talk with you all about what you are learning at school!

Kathy said...

What a wonderful gift to have such a good friend to walk to school with on the first day (and many days after as well). You too just look like you have been together forever. I'm so happy for you both. Have a great school year.
Love, Grandma M

Nancy said...

I just can't get over it... how the girls live near each other & are going to school together. Definitely a God thing!

Glenda said...

So sweet and such a wonderful gift from God for both girls and their families!

Heather said...

How special that they are together. So happy for them both! Adorable pics as always!!!