Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gotcha Day 2013

April 16, 2012, you came into the civil affairs office and my heart grew 4 times.  

Your little cheeks were so rosy
and your eyes so very deep and wondering.  

We wept and I whispered into your little ear in my terrible Chinese how very much we loved you and that I was your mama.  I will never forget how your body relaxed.  

The word marmalade came to mind, you felt like marmalade must feel on toast.  Every inch of my body warmed to yours as the Holy Spirit ministered to your heart that this was home.  We were yours and you forever ours.  

You came with a tiny bread roll in one hand and a tissue in the other, you left with our hands and hearts in yours.

I wrote that day, in your journal. 
You are here, and I am in love.
Thank you Jesus.
Your Daddy, your brothers and your sister 
are over the moon for you.

And we still are today.  Your eyes went from serious that Monday morning to filled with joy, excitement, and a world full of love.  Your capacity for fun and compassion amazes us daily.  

Our little bird sent from heaven to our nest;  we thank God every day for His provision, His call, His incomparable love and mercy.  Four children lent to us;  we are indeed so privileged.


  1. We are rejoicing with you dear friends!!! Ava is a treasure and her smile lights up the room! We are richly blessed that our Heavenly Father allows us to watch your little bird grow up from the sidelines!

    Blessings to you all on this very special Gotcha Day!

  2. Congratulations! So excited for you and your family!