Saturday, March 13, 2010

3 Years Ago Today!

It was 3 years ago today that our Little Angel Pie came into our lives. What a journey! I still can't believe it's even been 3 years.

We traveled to China by ourselves & not with a group like most adoptive parents do. We 1st flew into Hong Kong & spent one night. I don't think I slept much but when I did it was pretty sound since I was so exhausted. The next day we flew over to the mainland . We weren't in our hotel room for much more than an hour when our guide came to tell us that we were going to meet our daughter. We rode in a worn out little white van down through the hustle & bustle of an exotic city. There were tons of people everywhere. The traffic was chaotic. We finally pulled up to a large white government building. My heart was pounding as we walked upstairs. The building was cold & sparse of furnishings. The walk seemed like a mile. We finally came to a large room & there she was! All bundled in a bright yellow & black puffy suit. I took her in my arms. She felt like a tiny pea wrapped in a giant ball of cotton. She was sick & coughing. She started crying & I'm sure she was scared. I was so overwhelmed holding back tears so I wouldn't upset her more. I said that I couldn't believe how tiny she was. She felt so much smaller than her referral pictures had depicted her to be. The experience was surreal! She was beautiful! We were finally Mommy & Daddy!

Not that I don't think of them often but it's always this day that I especially think of Siena's birth parents. I thank them for the beautiful child that they allowed us. Not knowing all of the circumstances I can only hope that they have found peace in their hearts for the sacrifice that they had endured.

2 comments:

Carrie said...

OH Carol isn't it just magical to think back to the day when your daughter was placed in your arms! How time flies!! I remember watching you guys as we were packing to go now I've blinked and my girl is running wild around the house...just amazing!! Happy Forever Family Day!!!

Sean and Mic said...

Happy Gotcha Day Anniversary!!!
I don't know about you, but I love thinking back to that magical day, and kind of re-living it in my mind every once in a while. It truly was one special day.