Friday, May 25, 2012

One Year Later

My life was completely changed on May 25, 2011. A man in Nanchang, China handed me a baby and suddenly my dreams of becoming a mother had come true.
I can't believe it's been a year since I met my daughter. I remember that day like it was yesterday. And yet, it feels like Mia has been with me forever. Such a strange contradiction.

You always hear adoptive families say that somehow a perfect match was made and I am no different. She is my perfect daughter. Perfectly matched to me. We are so much alike. Which is sometimes good and sometimes bad. 

This last year has been full of new experiences for the both of us as we've grown into our roles as mother and daughter. It wasn't always easy. But I can honestly say that now , a year later, we're two peas in a pod. She knows me as well as I know her.

I'm a much more comfortable, relaxed and confident mom than I was a year ago. And Mia... wow. She's amazing. Every day she changes. She's so incredibly smart. She's happy, warm and affectionate. She's stubborn and strong willed. She's the sunshine in my life. 

I loved her the moment I made the decision to adopt. I loved her when I first saw her photo. I loved her on the day she was finally placed in my arms. After a year with this wonderful, beautiful girl... that love has grown and blossomed and wound it's way into every ounce of my being. I can't imagine a life without her.

Every day together is a blessing. Even the tough ones. I can't wait to see what this next year brings.


dawn said...

I can't believe it's been a year but then I look at how much she's changed and then I can.
happy 1 year together in person but so many before that in your heart.

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Gosh, I can hardly believe it has been a year already!!! HAPPY ONE YEAR!!! She is something else.... seriously, I could eat her with a spoon!

Hope you girls did some celebrating~



Greg, Dottie and Mimi said...

I so feel that same way with Mimi and Mei Mei as you do Mia. Happy mama and daughter day to you both. Mwa!!!

Robin said...

Exactly what I have come to expect from you -- a perfectly heartfelt post that says it all. Everything we all feel. And what a perfect match. It feels crazy to be a marking a year anniversary - and also so exciting to keep marching forward with these amazing spicy girls in our lives. Love to you both.

Kim said...

Happy 1 year... you are truly blessed...
Love ya..

Anonymous said...

Hard to believe a year has passed since she was placed in your arms. Mia looks so happy and you can feel the outpouring of love for her in every word you post! Happy Forever Family Day!!

Aus said...

I was at a conference last week - the same one I was at when I first heard about your adoption journey - working on a picture layout for one of our adopted kids foster family. I remember...and I love seeing adoptive parents utter the words "like they have always been here" - kind of the real "turning point" of our respective journey's...great joy for you guys!

hugs - aus and co.

La-La-Liene said...

I can't believe how much Miss Mia has grown and changed in a year. She is so beautiful and has one heck of an awesome momma!

Congrats on 1 year as a family!

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