Our Mia turned 14 this month!
She has been home for 2 yrs 9 months!
Our time together has been eventful.
It took her a long time to "like" us.
And it took even longer for her to "love" us!
After spending 11 yrs 3 months in two different orphanages
she was very hesitant to trust us.
Mia has little to no recollection of her time in China.
Which is unusual for older child adoption.
Most of what we know has come from her friends.
She never talks about her previous life.
But, she loves to talk about when she met us in China.
We all end up laughing about it because she did not like us at all...
And now I can honestly say-
SHE LOVES US!
She adores us!
And we love and adore her!
Thank goodness older brother Mark came with us!
And when he left China, big sis Katie met us in Guangzhou!
Mia really liked the big kids and connected with them while in China!
I don't think she knew she could say no to the adoption-
It wasn't until after the first week in China that Sarah
all of the sudden remembered how to speak Mandarin.
Mia was shocked to hear her speak the same language!
And then Sarah could tell us what Mia was saying...
That was a mixed blessing!
Mia, Melissa and Madeline's three year post placement report is due soon!
Although it is a lot of work, it is a joy to do!
A mini trip down memory lane!
What a journey it has been-
challenging and so worth it!
We couldn't imagine our lives any other way!
Each child is such an amazing blessing!
The joy you see on her face, is what we get to see
Our triple adoption was an wonderful success!
It was God's perfect plan for our family!
And we are so grateful to GOD!
We are so thankful this sweet girl is home.
In China when a child turns 14 they are considered unadoptable.
They can never have a forever family and they will forever be an orphan.
As it turns out our rather large family is the perfect fit for her!
Someone got a birthday phone call from their big sis Kate!
Sometimes birthdays are hard for adoptees but this girl is handling it like a champ!
She was amazing!
Happy, thankful, joyful and so appropriate!
She loved everything we gave her!
And even though she turned fourteen she still wanted a stuffed animal and blankies!
A stage she missed out on as a younger child.
Anytime sweetheart, anytime!
The show NEVER gets old!
The girls all sat at one end of the table
and the little boys, big boys and the parents sat across from them!
Can you see the piece of zucchini going right into her mouth?
Sarah, Ava and Melissa were successful, too!
Gotta love a restaurant where it's okay to throw food!
The big brothers met us at dinner!
So glad they could take time away from work and school to meet us!
We are very thankful to have them in town and to be able to see them sometimes!
We miss Matt and Caitlin, Katie, Andrew and Emily.
Happy birthday sweet girl!
YOU are a treasure!