God is such a faithful and loving God! He heard our desperate cries to become parents, he heard our pleas for a happy and healthy baby (okay, and cute one, too), and he answered them so perfectly when he CHOSE Fan Xiao Jia for us. He knows what we don't--the circumstances of her birth, her birth parents, her foster parents, and so many other things. We know that just about the time she was conceived, we decided to take the plunge and begin our adoption journey.
In many ways, it seems like this special "Gotcha Day" moment was yesterday. We can't believe it has been a year. In other ways, it seems like it was a lifetime ago because it feels like Lindy has always been a part of us. With each passing day, she has spent more of her life with us than in China. Even though we may have missed some of Lindy's firsts, we have had the joy of experiencing all of her firsts with us and so many of her special baby milestones. We saw her crawl and walk for the first time and now we watch her run. We have heard her as her baby babble (which to some sounded like Chinese) has turned to distinguishable English words and an ever-growing vocabulary. Best of all, we have the special privilege of being called, "Mommy & Daddy."
When we met Lindy there were tears--hers and ours. As can only be expected, from time to time there are STILL tears--hers and ours. When we first met Lindy there were smiles and laughter--only ours. Now, everyday there are smiles and laughter--hers and ours.
We love our darling daughter so very much and happily celebrate this first anniversary of when we met Lindy and finally became a family. Although April 4, 2006 is the day it all became OFFICIAL and LEGAL, April 3rd will ALWAYS be "Gotcha Day" and an extra special day to us.
Below is a slideshow of some highlights of our first year with Lindy. Click View All Images and it should start it for you. Enjoy!
Don, Lisa, & Lindy Li-Xiao