Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Forever Family Day....Its been 4 years

Ana Claire with her referral photo.
She is the cherry on the top. I love this little girl more than she will ever know.
Daddy and his girl.

This photo was taken on our one year anniversary.


This photo and the ones below are just a few random shots from China. She loved playing with her bag of hair bows. She would pull them out of the bag and hand me one to put in her hair and before you would know it she would have them all in her hair. I am so thankful that she still loves to wear her hair bows.

She loved chopsticks. She could actually eat with them while we were in China. She did a much better job than I did.

This photo was taken on our ride back to the hotel from the civil affairs office. She had just thrown up on me. We cleaned up and she passed out on my chest. Poor baby. I think this was the way she coped for the first couple of days.
You can see more photos of our family day from the past couple of years here and here.
It so hard to believe how much she has changed and grown.
We have had a great day spending quality time together as a family. This morning after the princess woke up I rocked her in my arms and told her no matter how big she gets she will always be my baby girl. We looked at some of our photos from China. At one time she wanted no part of looking at these photos. This is slowly changing. I have gathered things for her lifebook and we are going to work on it together. I think this will help her talk about her feelings. She still displays some anxiety and is fearful of Chinese people. She is making baby steps in a positive way.
We went to dinner and enjoyed reminiscing about our time in China and also about some of our favorite moments when the boys were little. This time is so precious as the boys get older. Our house is always filled with the kid's friends. I am thankful that they want to hang here but I had to be selfish and have them to ourselves today. Today is another reminder that I have the best job in the world. I am the mother of three beautiful children.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

A very sweet story :-)

sara said...

Oh, Happy Family Day!! I love how you are still smiling with love even after AC threw up on you :) You know you love being a Mom when.....

Grace said...

She is so precious!!!!!!!!

Super Mommy said...

Happy Family Day Ana Claire - I know you bring so much joy into the lives of those you meet.

Steve and Jan said...

Lisa,

It has been so special to see you go from the wait, to having Ana Claire in your arms, to seeing her grow into such a beautiful and sweet little girl.

Happy Family Day!

Love,
Jan

LaLa said...

so sweet...happy Forever Family Day. She is as beautiful now as then. Amazing isn't it how our lives can be so changed by these sweet ones.

Denna said...

Happy Family Day. Ana Claire is so pretty. I love all the pictures.

fricke92 said...

Happy Family Day! She looks so pretty in that top picture!

Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

Happy Forever Family Day!!! AC is so beautiful!!! What an adorable referral photo!

Love,
Robin

Jill said...

Ahh... love all the photos! I love the photo of Ana Claire on the bed with all the bows in her hair. She's such cutie!

Super Mommy said...

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Mel said...

How wonderful! Wishing you a memorable forever family day:)
Mel

Jewels of My Heart said...

Happy Family Day! I loved all of the pics of your beautiful AC.
And they lived happily ever after...

Steffie B. said...

Beautiful post...and terrific pictures from years past.....

Sheri said...

Belated Happy Family Day! What a beautiful trip down memory lane. I enjoyed all the pictures, and love it that you were able to spend the evening with just your own sweet family.

Christine said...

Lovely post! Happy Anniversary!

LucisMomma said...

Four years! Wow! Time really flies.

Luci is our "cherry on top," too.

susan