Saturday, May 10, 2008

2nd Year Gotcha Celebration

On that unforgettable May 8th in 2006, I held our precious daughter in my arms for the first time. Just the thought of that entire China trip makes me get all teary-eyed. It was a realization of a long-time dream coming to life, coupled with the nervousness of being a first-time mommy no where near the comforts of home. More than anything it was seeing the absolute miracle of God's love & his plan...and how this beautiful little baby with so much personality and determination on the other side of the world was without a doubt meant to be in our family. What an amazing experience it was.

View this montage created at One True Media
Our Journey to Leah









A week and some change later, we were reunited with Shawn for our official family day..again, the thought of THAT gets me all teary-eyed too. So to celebrate...we've had cake, sang made up "Gotcha day" songs, got presents, gone to the playground (lots) and even went to see the Backyardigan's Live!...and the highlight of our "Forever Family" festivities...we will celebrate two years of being together on a beach in beloved Destin next week. Why celebrate such a wonderful occasion in our lives on just one day?

Words aren't big enough to describe how much I love my family.
I am so blessed.

















8 comments:

Shannon said...

Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary. We share the same "gotcha" day, only a year apart!

Alyson & Ford said...

Happy Forever Family Day!!
She's a cutie!!

Alyson LID 01/27/06

sara said...

Happy Mother's Day, Melissa!! I LOVE that picture of you & Leah, where she is a baby - you have such a GLOW - so much love there!! You a beautiful & blessed family :)

sara said...

..and oh yeah, this new blog design is one of my faves!! Adorable!

Leslie said...

Happy Mother's Day Melissa.

Happy 2nd Gotcha Day also little Leah!!!!

I also love this design the best.
Man, you can do anything.

amy said...

Beautiful pics and post, love that last picture!

Anonymous said...

Hey Melissa,

Congratulations on your 2 yrs as a family of three! It is great that we get to celebrate our daughters twice in a year! Our three year is coming up soon!

By the way Leah looks so grown up in the picture wit her dad at the park.

Dana

Leslie said...

what a beautiful girl, how lucky you are! :)