Friday, May 6, 2016

Adopting My Loves

Today I'm linking up to Kelly's Korner's blog to talk about adoption. She runs a weekly "Show Us Your Life" and today it's adoption. I'm sharing my story because there may be others out there who we can share with or just may have questions.

Our journey started in 2004 when we tried ALMOST everything to have a baby. I didn't know at the time that God had different plans for me. I honestly thought he was mad at me. But then when He opened my eyes, I knew his plan. Fast forward to October 2010. My husband and I are on a plane to China to be united with our daughter, Ava. She was two years old. And we were ALL petrified. But I will never forget that moment when they tapped me on my shoulder and I turned around and she was there. Right in front me. A real person who was my daughter. In that instant, my heart healed, nothing else in the world mattered at that moment. I still can remember that moment vividly. I stopped breathing, I think. My heart stopped, I think. How I didn't pass out I have no idea. She was beyond the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. And she was scared. She cried. I cried. She cried more. But man, I was over the moon.

We settled into life quite nicely as a family of 3. But...there was still that feeling. Ava was everything I had ever wanted, but still...
Fast forward to 2014. My husband, Ava, my mom, and myself were on another plane to China. This time? To adopt our sweet little Addy. I had this one in the bag. Been there, done that. It was the same heart stopping, breathless moment. She was gorgeous! But boy was she mad! She was a harder nut to crack.

I wouldn't change anything about those days.
And today?
Ava is a strong, independent 7 year old who loves soccer, the Ninja Turtles, and chicken on the bone.
Addy is a 5 year old girly girl who loves cheerleading, Paw Patrol, and anything sweet.

Thanks for stopping by!

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