Four Years Ago Today…

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…this absolutely terrified 14 month-old baby girl was placed into our arms– and hearts– forever.  We have never been the same.  She looked different from the referral pictures we’d memorized pixel by pixel for the previous 2 months…bigger, more hair, and somehow so…distraught and disoriented.  But as my eyes drifted to the little tag full of Chinese characters and I saw the clueless little photo I’d come to recognize on all the official documentation from China, especially the all-important Travel Approval (TA) letter, I felt tears of joy well up…this was our Emma.  We soon learned her last bottle had been four hours earlier before leaving her foster family for a 4-hour road trip from the city of her birth, Jingdezhen (the porcelain capital of the world) to Nanchang, the provincial capital of Jiangxi.  She was tired, hungry, and her little head kept turning left and right, scanning the room for her foster mother, “Nai-nai”.  She so desperately wanted to find something, someone familiar!  The kind man who held her and must have kept her in the van on the way to Nanchang kept pointing to me and saying, “Mama!” but Emma would not be comforted.  Sophie slid the little toy ladybug across the table to her. She was unimpressed.  And so our journey together began, four years ago today.  We cannot imagine our lives without this child.  We could not have dreamed up a more delightful child, or a more perfect fit for our family.  I feel so incredibly blessed today.  Blessed.  Happy Gotcha Day, Ems.

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