I was at gymnastics for Julia when the call came...I remember it like it was yesterday!! The adrenaline that flows is like nothing else!!! I couldn't find one thing to write any info down on..so I just sat and listened as my case worker, Julie, described our baby!! Her name given by her birth mom was "Martha"!! She was amazingly PERFECT!!! I packed the kids up and ran home to see her face for the first time!!!
I must have looked at these pics FOR HOURS!!! I studied every little feature and roll on her body!! She was amazingly beautiful...and I JUST INSTANTLY WANTED HER HOME!!!!!
Our court date was still 2 months away...so we enjoyed pictures given to us by travelers over the next 2 months!! Every traveler and person that met her described her as "giggly" and "smiley"!!! We were told over and over again WHAT A HAPPY BABY SHE WAS!!! That should have been our first clue THAT LITTLE MISS LL WOULD BE FULL OF PERSONALITY!!!!!
I think what amazes me is that I had NO IDEA the greatness that laid ahead!!! I had no idea HOW MUCH I could LOVE this baby girl!! I mean, I certainly THOUGHT I could..but my little mind could never have grasped the HAPPINESS that one child would bring to a family!! She has taught us ALL so much about life!! Her laugh each and every day is something I couldn't live without now....she truly makes us smile every time she turns the corner!!! God had such BIG PLANS for this little one....and I had NO IDEA on this day ONE YEAR AGO.....
I had no idea that she would impact so many people TO ADOPT THEMSELVES!!! I never dreamed I'd still be blogging and have a full time job answering emails about adoption (at midnight :)!!! All this...because of one tiny little child in a third world country that needed a home!!! God blows my mind with his GREATNESS....I had no idea...but God knew the entire time..... :)
****And, man, SHE HAS CHANGED A LOT IN ONE YEAR........
That tiny little baby is a TODDLER NOW!!! She is full of life, love and spunk!!
She obviously doesn't remember that she played on dirt floors because, above, she likes to hand me EVERY piece of dirt or small rock she can find and do the "ick" face!! What a prissy pants!!! :)
And, "HAPPINESS and SILLINESS" is this child's middle name!! We say, "LL show us your happy face!" and ABOVE is what we get!!!!!! :)
We say, "LL show us where you are from...show us Ethiopia"...and she points to her shirt!!! She can even say "ETHIOPIA" now!!! (well, you know..in a very "baby" type of way that only a mom could understand :)
And, here they are....5 siblings that LOVE each other deeply!! My 5 favorite little people in the world!!! We celebrate and give thanks for LLM's referral one year ago today!!! We praise God for that fateful day that ONLY HE could have orchestrated....There were so many twists and turns and dots that had to be connected to get this EXACT BABY GIRL TO US...and FOR THAT we will always be grateful and humbled by HIS GREATNESS!!!!
***Happy Tuesday to you all...and Happy Referral Day Lucy Lane!!!! We would fly across the ocean a million more times for you :) kj
fyi, LL's shirt is from www.bringourangelhome.blogspot.com Another amazing family raising money for their adoption from Ethiopia!!!