Saturday, January 21, 2012

Jacob's "Gotcha Day"

January 21st doesn't hold special meaning for most people in this world at all. However, for my family it does! Jan. 21st 2010 was the day our family was complete through the blessing of adoption.

It was the day where 6 children 4 from the same orphanage were ushered into a small hallway in a Beijing hotel and handed over  to people they had never seen or even heard about. Six beautiful and wonderfully made children left everything they had known and were given the chance at a new life with parents and siblings that loved them more then anything know to man. Their faces were no longer just pictures we had stared at for almost 9  months but they were there and the children we had longed to meet. He legally became ours forever January 22nd at the Civil Affairs office in Beijing.

One very scared little boy who had no idea what was about to happen learned quickly how fast pictures were taken. He was overwhelmed by all the new sights and sounds. He had no idea we were coming until an hour before we met him. I will never forget watching him Miss. K, Miss. M and Mr. A walk through the revolving doors at our hotel oh if only I had taken the camera at that moment. It felt like years riding up on that elevator to the 7th floor where he legally became ours after my parents signed a few papers and all I could do was stare at him and he looked at me like I was some crazy white person.

China was a very hard time for us and the last two years he has pushed us and challenged us more then anything. But, I wouldn't change it for the world. I love the young man he is becoming and love watching him grow. He has changed so much from that naughty, active,  mischievous little boy we got in China he is now a loving caring big brother to the Princess and a wonderful little brother to me. Oh how I LOVE being the big sis to a little brother (hehe)!!!! 

I love you to the moon and back Jacob and I thank God that he chose me to be you big sister. I cannot wait to see the young man you will become and I love watching you grow and change each day. Happy family day little guy! Their is such a difference in the little boy we got back in 2010 and who he is today the pictures are proof!!

In case you were wondering this was taken right before we got Jacob
 it just shows how excited I was to get a little brother!

First picture with Jacob! (He was very scared on that day!)
He has told us since that before that day he didn't know
how to smile now he smiles all the time cause he is happy!!!

Halloween 2011

Late last year at dinner in TN

He really does love kisses!!

Beach 2011 Watching a movie with the
Princess just cause she wanted to

Christmas 2011 he was so happy!!

We also celebrate this day with four other families and we are forever woven by it! Happy Family day to the Rice Family, Glass Family, Perry and Yingling families as well. I have loved watching your children grow these last two years and cannot wait to see what is in store for them in the future. Can't wait to see you all again soon love you guys very much!

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