Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Adoption Nostalgia

As any parent knows, it seems that our children grow up WAY too fast. A day hardly goes by when I look at LO and can't believe how grown up she is getting. It seems like the trip to China to get her was just yesterday.

For those of you who don't know much about the way the Chinese adoption process works, here's a brief explanation. It basically involves a WHOLE LOT of paperwork (and a WHOLE lot of $$.) Once you make your way through the paperwork, home studies, fingerprinting, etc. you basically send all your papers to China and then you wait. And then you wait some more. And then you WAIT even more. Until the day when you finally get "The Call" and are told that you have a child waiting in China for you.

My call came in March 2001 - just shy of six years ago. The above picture on the left is the first picture I ever saw of my daughter. The above picture on the right is a picture of her this past Sunday at our Purim carnival. LO was 21 months old when we met in May 2001. She stood 31 inches tall and weighed all of 16 pounds. Look at her now. What a difference love can make. And what a blessing G-d gave me.

13 comments:

Jack's Shack said...

And what a blessing G-d gave me.

And how. May she continue to bring you nothing but joy and smiles.

Another meshugannah mommy said...

Way to make me cry!

She's beautiful. I am so happy G-d brought you together.

RaggedyMom said...

I'm with AMM - I did not expect those tears to spring to my eyes while clicking here during Andy's nap!

You two are some special pair! Those two photos of LO side by side should be made into a public service announcement regarding adoption. Inspiring!

The Babka Nosher said...

She's absolutely beautiful... and from what you say, she's just as beautiful on the inside. You are both lucky to have each other!

Amishav said...

What's Love Got To Do With It? Seemingly...everything. What a wonderful thing you've done for this little girl. You should be very proud.

Bice said...

I have a Korean nephew and niece. My brother says, "G-d made us for each other. It just took some time to work out the logistics."

Same for you and LO.

Hila said...

So precious. What a blessing you both are for one another. Such joy!

torontopearl said...

You bring joy to each other's lives, and you're both so lucky to have one another.
May you continue to have much naches from her...and she from her dear mom!

Leah said...

Wow! Your love has made such a difference for her and hers, I'm sure, for you.

Have you read the NY Times today? About a girl who just became bat mitzvah in NY who was also adopted from China.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/08/nyregion/08batmitzvah.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&hp

Annie said...

Did you see thisarticle in the New York Times?

harley said...

My mom adopted me as a teenager (a long story) and my favorite moments are when people tell me how much I look like her. There are few things more beautiful than to know that someone chose you and chose to love you, even when it was not the easiest route for them to take.

Sona said...

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/08/nyregion/08batmitzvah.html

Just in case you missed this article.

orieyenta said...

Thanks everyone. She really is the BEST a mother could ever ask for. I am truly blessed.