three years of "Darcyness"

Can it be?

Three years already?

Those initial moments are forever etched in my mind.

Timid curiosity at first over the two children who looked like her that came bounding into the room with the two adults that didn't.  Shyly reaching for the colorful candies I offered.

Then the struggle when I held her for the first time.  A little girl wanting to be anywhere but in my arms.

The look of inconsolable sadness in her eyes as it became clear to her that no one in the room understood what she was trying to tell us.

The feeling of my heart shattering along with hers...

And then?

A glimmer of hope.

The first smile...

...followed by the first laugh.

So thankful I had stuck a princess flip phone in my pocket at the last second before we left our hotel room a family of four.

It truly was the ice breaker.

By the time we got back to the room, she had established herself firmly as part of the M5.

By morning on the 21st, her official adoption day, it was clear that the process of her heart being mended had begun.

She walked into our family and never looked back.

Three years later I stand in awe of realizing more fully what a blessing we received that day.  DQ, the M family is richer for having you in it.  You really are smart as a whip, sweet as honey and cute as a button.  That smile of yours radiates happiness to all in your path.  You exude pure joy and have such a precious spirit about you.  You look out for others and truly exemplify the Golden Rule.

I am eternally grateful that God led us to you and look forward to see the mighty ways He uses you to bring a little more Heaven to this earth.

Happy three years sweet girl!


likeschocolate said...

Thank you for sharing such special sweet moments with all of us! Cogratulations!

Traci said...

How can it be three years? She has grown up so much but it is crazy how much the glimmer in her eyes and that cute grin have stayed the same.

Glenda said...

Oh, how I remember waiting by the computer for the first glimpses of Miss Darcy. Who knew what a special friend she would end up being to my kiddos! So thankful the Lord has allowed us to be a part of your journey, Darcy Q! We love you!!

Emily said...

Happy three years,beautiful DQ!


Laurie said...

LOVE those pictures and seeing the quick transition from scared to happy! :) She was a perfect fit for your family, and I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE her smile!! Happy 3 years, Darcy! :)

Grandma Shultz said...

I write this as tears of joy run down my cheeks onto my shirt. Darcy, sweet Darcy. It seems that you have always been in our family. Know that God had a place for you in our hearts before your Mommy and Daddy ever met you. You have been a delightful part of your "forever" family. I love you.

Kathy said...

It is such a privilege and joy to have Darcy Q in our family. She brings such special happiness to everyone and is such a bright light to all. I love you dearly, my darling child.
Love, Grandma Miller

Cindy M said...

Hey, look! I figured out this password business!! I haven't been able to post for weeks!!

So. Darcy,girl, your sweet spirit is just darling. I'm going to have to search for some photos of your first visit here. You have grown so much, but you've loved and been loved way more than that! Hugs and kisses from all of us Martens!

Heather said...

What a sweetheart! This post makes me want to reach into my screen and give her a hug! So it looks like you'll have to give her an extra one. She is one adorable little girl!!!!

Laine said...

We love you DQ!!!!! Happy 3 years! So thankful 3 years ago that we were knit together wtih your family forever!

Nancy B W said...

Happy Gotcha Day!