Sunday, February 8, 2009

3 Years Ago Today

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Dear Ella,

Three years ago today, we rode on a small bus...on our way to meet you for the very first time. I will never forget that day...the moments of anticipation as we were on our way to finally be able to see you in person! Mommy was so excited and nervous at the same time. Ba Ba was nervous and on the quiet side. Would you like us? Would you be terrified? How big were you? You had just underwent open heart surgery, would you be feeling well? Oh, the excitement and anticipation.......

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And then all of a sudden....there you were! And our hearts would be changed from that day on....with a love for you that we would not have been able to imagine!


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They had you dressed in 4 layers and you were soooo hot! Bless your heart! Today, I pulled out your box of clothes from Gotcha Day and showed them all to you. They brought back so many memories. You told me you did not like the way they smelled. Mommy never washed them, so the smell would be the same and I guess the smell of your SWI may have brought back some not so nice memories...because you told me to put them away because you "do not want to smell them anymore"!


God blessed us with the sweetest little girl from all of China......how did we ever get so lucky and how did God see us as so deserving as to bless us with the gift of YOU! Your sweet face 3 years ago.......
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And your sweet face now......
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You dressed in your China princess clothes 3 years ago.......
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........and today
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Thank-you for bringing such joy and happiness into our lives. We love you forever and we love you all the way to the moon.......AND BACK! : )


Happy Gotcha Day to our friends...the Geer family and to Vicki and her family....whose 4 ladybug princesses will soon be five!!!!!

I will be away from the computer this week....so I will catch up with you all when I return. Have a wonderful week!

 

47 comments:

Sherri said...

Awwww, those pictures are precious, Michelle!

I hope you have a wonderful week, and that it's not too busy for you.

Happy Gotcha Day!

sherri

Laura said...

Happy Family Day!

Laura

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Happy 3 Year Family Day...
Ella is soooo beautiful...
I am sooo happy for you and your family..
Have a WONDERFUL Week..
Can't wait to hear all about it..Hugs..
Love ya girly..

Tisha said...

Happy Family Day! This post brought tears to my eyes. What a precious child of God. You all are beyond blessed. Enjoy your special day.

Blessings,
Tisha

delucchi family said...

What a special day!! I love love the way she has changed and grown and yet that little face is still the same, adorable!!!
What a blessing she is indeed.
Love Jules
xxxx

OH MY #6 said...

U have the best week too.

And, your girl is just beautiful.

Lea
xo

sara said...

happy 3 years!!! What precious memories. It seems like yesterday, huh??

Thanks for spreading the word about the starfish babies. I was overjoyed when my Mom called me this week to tell me she was sponsoring one! All because of the "word on the blog"!!

Jackie said...

Awwww Happy gotcha day!!!!!! She's a doll!

Colleen said...

Happy Family Day!!!! Ohhhh she is adorable!!!! I just love the referral photo, just precious! What a very beautiful and blessed family!!!
I have been meaning to ask you if you have shared the Mother Bridge of Love book with the girls yet?
Have a wonderful week!!!!

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

Oh Happy Anniversary to beautiful Ella!!! I remember following you to China and thinking how rosey her little cheeks were and watching her beautiful complextion surface in the loving care of her mommy. What a blessing you are to each other!!!

Love,
Robin

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy Gotcha Day!
What a beautiful post for your oh, so beautiful and precious Ella.
God bless you all...

AZMom said...

HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!!! What wonderful, wonderful memories for all of you :-) Big hugs!!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Ella and Family on your Forever Family Day! how has it been 3 years already since she said goodbye to her buddy Sam when she left Hengdong to meet her family?

Love,
Tammy, YuanYuan and family

Dori's Mommy (Diana) said...

Happy Ella Day!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy Ella Day!!! And can you believe the Tongginator wore those EXACT same pants?!?!!! And I think the coat, too - the colors are the same, but I can't remember what animal was on the front. How funny.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Ella's precious expressions haven't changed at all....she is such a peaceful looking child.

Happy Family Day Michelle and I hope you have a wonderful week....as always you are in my prayers sweet friend.

The Byrd's Nest said...

Ella's precious expressions haven't changed at all....she is such a peaceful looking child.

Happy Family Day Michelle and I hope you have a wonderful week....as always you are in my prayers sweet friend.

Carmen said...

Your words bring tears to my eyes because I know exactly how you feel. While the girls are surely blessed, it is nothing in comparison to the blessings we have received.

mommy24treasures said...

what a sweet sweet post about your darling sunshine.

Donna Geer said...

Hi Dave & Michelle. I was thinking of you Saturday. Our little pricesses have come so far in 3 years. Our family is blessed to have traveled with you in China.
Lovely post.
Much love,
Donna & Charlie

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Such beautiful pictures of your sweet girl!! Happy Family Day!

Have a great week!

Lisa

Mom To Six said...

Sweet Ella! Happy Gotcha Day! You were strikingly beautiful 3 years ago as you still are today.

Michelle, have a blessed week, my friend.

Hugs,

Ohilda

Michelle said...

Happy Family Day!!! Those pictures are so precious from three years ago. She is such a beautiful little girl... back then and now.

I hope you have a great week!!

Doug and Terrye said...

Those are some of the sweetest pictures. What a joy to see the then and now :)

Terrye in FL

Colleen said...

Love the pictures..Happy 3 year Gotcha Day!!!!

Ivy said...

I SOOOOO LOVE GOTCHA DAY MEMORIES!

HAPPY ELLA DAY! WHAT A SWEET POST AND BEAUTIFUL CHILD.

ENJOY, AND CELEBRATE YOUR BEAUTIFUL FAMILY.

HUGS,

IVY

OH AND MWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

Tiffany said...

Happy 3 Years!
Ella is such a little beauty and what a sweet smile! LOVE those rosey cheeks!!!!!!

Enjoy your week and Blessings to you all!

holly m. said...

Hi Michelle!
I'm always smiling, but have tears in my eyes when I finish reading your bloggy.:)

Ellie was such a beautiful child and Still is. Forever family day brings back so many memories for me.

Praying for precious Sophia and your family.

Love, Holly M.

holly m. said...

I'm sorry, Michelle! I meant Ella not Ellie, but the sentiments are the same.:)

Jennifer said...

BEAUTIFUL POST!!! I can't believe we were in China at the same time.

I loved seeing pictures of Ella in China. I love the first picture of her holding her referral picture.

Jen

Sharon said...

Oh Michelle, such a beautiful post!! What a tiny she was back then,. And love the new silks!!!!

Sheri said...

Oh I love these anniversaries! What special memories of your sweet girl. I'm catching up on your blog after a while away from blogging, and it looks like you had some wonderful things to do to celebrate the Chinese New Year. More memories...

GGAdventures said...

Happy Family Day, Ella! What a wonderful post.
Have a good week,
Kayla

Denna said...

Precious Pictures. She is beautiful. Happy Family Day!!!!

Kim said...

What a beautiful blessing she is!! Congratulations on 3 wonderful years together!

DAVID AND AMY VENN'S WEBSITE said...

How Sweet!! Ella is just beautiful!! I love the comparison pics...but they always make you wonder where has the time go...it never feels as long as it is!1 Time flies when you are having fun!!

Jeff and Amy said...

Sorry I am late, but how precious!!!!!

Natalie said...

What a beautiful entry! Your daughter is just beautiful!
Happy Forever Day!

mommy24treasures said...

just wanted to come by and say hello Michelle. Love ya!
Connie

The Things We Carried said...

She was beautiful then and is beautiful now. Her little kissable cheeks....HAppy Family Day

AZMom said...

Hey Michelle. Just so you know, I am opening up a new blog. Shoot me a comment with your email addy (again..I can't find it LOL) and I will give you the address. I am still posting on my main blog but a lot of the more personal stuff is now going on a blog, that while public, is not listed in my profile.

Hope all is okay with you.

Shawnstribe said...

oh wow wow wow
these photos tell such a wonderful story!!!!
beautiful!!!!!
xxx
s

redmaryjanes said...

What an absolutely beautiful post. Congratulation to you on this wonderful day.

Steffie B. said...

Beautiful pictures and and words written straight from the heart.....just lovely!

Hugs,
Steffie

Michelle said...

Miss you, girl!! I hope you are all ok.

Colleen said...

Missing you! Hope things are going well....I know you must be keeping busy! Take care and try to drop a note so we know how things are going!!

Sharon said...

Thanks for that sweet comment! I have been thinking about you Michelle! You are one of those blog buddies that feels like a far away sister! Are you taking a break from blogging? It is getting really hard for me to get on, so I know how you feel, but I hate to loose touch!! I am thinking of you!!

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