Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Six Month Gotcha-Day-versary

I told Elizabeth yesterday that I'd put the phrase "aversary" on anything, but that my favorite "aversary" is the "Day I Got to Leave Almaty-Aversary"!

However, a very close second (of course, you realize this is really the first!!) would be Ellie's Gotcha Day-Aversary (and here), which occured six months ago today.


I still remember how my heart was pounding as they led me from the office where I'd "played nice" and done all the things required (given gifts, signed forms, talked with the director) so that I could get over to see Ellie for the first time in over four months.

And, then I saw her lying in her crib, picked her up and she gave me her (now) famous smile and I was hooked!!








When I think back through just some of the things our family has gone through in just the past six months, it's no wonder I'm tired! *smile* But, oh, so very, very worth it. When she blows those kisses, or lays her head on any of our shoulders (it seems to be the sweetest when it's on Josh's shoulder too!!) and "pat pats" us or gives us that big smile in the morning, we know, we'd do it all over again to get the joy of having her as our daughter and sister.

Happy "Gotcha-Day-Aversary" Ellie! We are so glad we all have each other as family -- forever.

5 comments:

Hilary Marquis said...

Oh that grin! She melts my heart too.

multimom said...

It's wonderful to see how much Ellie has grown! Her Gotcha Day and Bethany's are only a week or so apart, so their milestones always remind me of each other's. Big hugs to all, and please tell Ellie that Bethany says hi! Congratulations, Ellie!

Mala said...

Wonderful, happy Gotcha Day!!!!! 6 months already...

Lori said...

Gosh...she's grown up so much already!!!! I absolutely adore the pictures of her beaming up at you with her little tongue just sticking out! The bliss on both your faces is absolutely enthralling! What GREAT memories!

Kelli said...

Happy 6 months together! I can't believe it's already been 6 months!