In our family this will be a day of great celebration! This is the day that we met you and all of our lives changed forever. I do realize that for you this day one year ago, was a scary, confusing time. But you were so brave, you walked right over to us. You accepted Cheerios from us with out a second thought. And then you realized...and you cried. I will never forget the scared, lonely sound of your cry when you realized that the caretaker that brought you, was leaving without you. I will always be sad that you had to go throught that. But I can't help to want to celebrate this day. Because it was a new beginning. It was the day that you became a part of us in every sense of the word. You had a family now and nothing would be the same for you again. And nothing was the same for us either.
This past year has been an incredible ride. You have blossomed and grown and changed before our eyes. Your serious, solemn face has been replaced by a happy, smiling one. You have amazed us with your grasping of a language that a year ago was completely foreign to you. You have taught us about bravery and resilience and trust. You have brought much laughter and joy to this house. Your brothers adore you and you them. ( Mommy thanks you for that because they stop by a lot more than they used to and I love having this house filled with the sounds of your giggling when they are here.) Your Daddy just thinks you are the most wonderful girl in the world. You will forever be his first child, the first one who called him Daddy!
Every morning since last year I wake up and thank God for joining us together!! And at night you and I pray for all the other children who don't yet have their forever family.
And so even though I know that this day for you last year was difficult I hope that we can still each reflect and appreciate all the events that led us to you... and that we can celebrate this day with all the joy that I feel !! You are so special, Sierra Christine Weixi Hikade, and I love you more than you could possibly know. Happy Forever Family Day!!!!