Today is Jenna's Gotcha Day. One year with our family.
I woke up this morning with memories that actually made me feel stressed. Makes me wonder about the stress our kids feel for years after being handed over to strangers.
Nothing prepared us for how she transitioned that first night.
We had never experienced such utter anguish...for hours.
She wanted to go back to the orphanage. The only home and "family" she knew.
This was our fourth adoption, and you would have thought we'd have anticipated this.
But those rosy glasses were on again, and boy did they get thrown off in a hurry.
Survival 101 for all of us.
This sweet little face had many smiles in China. But we soon learned that many of those smiles were her way of searching out love...from anyone who would love her and give her what she needed. I think this picture captures what was in her heart and head not only in China, but for quite a while after she came home.
This is our little princess now. Smiling...because she knows she's truly loved (and because she knows she's adorable and has THE most captivating smile). Smiling...because she knows she's one of God's princesses and beautifully made.
It's not all fun and games, and sometimes it's just plain hard.
Thanking God today for the family He gave us, the grace He shows when we goof up, and His love that keeps us all seeking to be more like Him.
Happy 1st Gotcha Day, Mei Mei. We love you!
"Yet those who wait for the Lord
will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary."