Friday, November 14, 2008

One year ago today...

Last night I stood up and stretched. My whole body was tired. As I surveyed the damage in the living room, I started to cry. It was one year ago on November 13 that Tony and I were furiously packing for our biggest adventure yet. The next morning at 4:00 A.M. we would head to the airport to fly to China and become parents. My tears were those of joy and remembrance.

Last year on this very night, our house was spotless. Someone before that day had casually said to take a picture of our clean house now, because it would never be the same. That was the understatement of the year! Last night, there were dolls, and monster trucks, and Magna-Doodles, and other miscellaneous toys strewn about. I had to step carefully to avoid falling over. Yes, we should have picked them up, but why? It was evidence that we had two little gorgeous, smart, funny, dramatic little girls sleeping down the hall.

Last year, we packed what we thought a two year old would want to play with. We packed snacks we hoped they’d eat so they'd never feel hungry. We packed a bottle in case they needed it. We packed blankets to snuggle with and feel secure. We packed clothes to help them feel warm. We packed pajamas with feet to help them feel secure. The invisible things we packed were fears, anticipation, love, expectations, joy, intimidation, passion, God’s security, prayers, and family.

Last night we softly walked down the hall toward the girls’ room. They were both snuggled under their blankets that we chose for them. Tony and I just looked at each other. It seemed so surreal. A year ago, we looked around our house, and specifically, their room to try and visualize what it would be like. We would try to picture these two little bodies in their beds dreaming of wonderful things. Never, in a million years, had we imagined it this good.

A year ago, on the morning of our biggest adventure, our families came to take us to the airport. They had shuffled out the suitcases and Tony and I stood in our kitchen and looked at each other. I said, “You realize that when we walk out that door, we leave as a couple…but we return as a family.” A year later, that family is the most important thing in my life.

Follow the beginning of our story by clicking here. We will definitely post more as our anniversary of Family Day approaches. We have several special things planned for the girls and our family this weekend and next week. We’ll let you in on our joy and celebration!

Buckle up…memory lane tends to get a bit bumpy!



Chris and Sarah said...

I will never forget that day. I couldn't sleep that night or for the next two weeks while you were gone. I couldn't wait to see those precious girls in your arms knowing how long you had waited for them.

April Isaacs said...

I can't believe it has been a whole year! What a great post!! I can't wait to see what you have planned. I am always up for stealing ideas!


IzzyBeth said...

Yep! Crying now. :-)

Shawnstribe said...

precious post!!!!!!
im nearlly catching up, we left last year at the end of November.
Wow how our lives have changed!!!!

Mom Of Many said...

Your post made me getting all blurry-eyed...birng the toys, clutter and chaos - there is nothing better of eternal value!! Yippee Jesus! Your girls are home - FourEver and your heart smiles!!

Anonymous said...

This is a letter to two of Gods lil angels. You two with Gods help have made so many familys and Momma and Baba UNBLEIVEABLE happy.TO say we have been blessed is just saying GOD IS SOOOO GOOD.WHEN we took momma and bobba to the airport we new we were getting two lil girls but what we didn"t know we would fall in love so completely . WE blended our hearts and souls with you two lil ones so quickly and forever that you will always be OUR VERY SPECIAL ANGELS. MAY SUNSHINE FOLLOW YOU TWO ALWAYS, AND GOD BLESS. Love always gran aka(gigi)and papaw sadler