Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Forever Family Day ... 2 years!

Time is such a relative concept.  On one hand I can't believe how fast the 2 years have flown by.  On the other hand it seems like Sierra has been part of our life forever.  It is hard to imagine what our lives were like before that fateful day in China when a beautiful almost 3 year old walked into our lives.  To say she has been a blessing is an understatement.  Words can not express the joy that she has brought to our lives. And oh how she has changed the way I look at life. People often comment on how much she has learned in such a short amount of time but  truly it is me who has learned the most.
Some of the things I have been educated on!

1.   You can certainy, absolutely,not even a thought about it, love your adopted child as much as the chilren you gave birth to!! (For those of you wondering and maybe thinking....)
2.  50 is not too old to become a parent to a 3 year old.  Yes, I am a bit more tired at the end of the day, but oh what a wonderful, accomplished tired it is!!
3.  Staying home with your child as long as you can is the best thing for your child. ( I already knew that, but the time I got to spend home with Sierra has been a bit more of a financial sacrifice then when I was home with the boys.  Still, I wouldn't have traded it for anything!!)
4.  Your family will love and accept your daughter without a thought.  To my familiy and to Scott' ROCK!!!
5.  Love can transform!!!
6.  Gentle words, not harsh, loud ones, are heard much more clearly!
7.  Short, shaved hair WILL eventually grow into long beautiful hair!!!
8.  Although we may not think of orpanange life as a great life, your daughter will tell you that the kids were her family and she misses them.
9.  You have to be patient!  (Sierra's words on many occasions.  And ,yes, some of the time I was thinking I was exhibiting huge amounts of patience...but you can always be a little more.  I hope she teaches this lesson, in a polite way, to her teachers once she starts school!!)
10. Big, tough boys( OK  so they are really  men!) can turn into big mushes when a cute little sister enters their lives!
11. Laughter IS always the best medicine.
12.  One learns by asking questions...many,.... many, .....MANY, questions!
13.  Girls are born with a fashion sense!!  Just the other day Sierra asked me if I had any dresses.  When I asked why she replied  "Becasue I think it would be nice if you wore a dress to my gymnastics today.  You should look nice." No,  I didn't put on a dress, but I did change out of my yucky jeans and put on a nicer pair...with a nicer shirt!
14. GOD is soooo good!!!
So on this 2 year anniversary, as the snow continues to fall,  I am again reminded of the many blessings that have been bestowed on me.  I will never forget our journey to China.... the places we saw , the people we met and the friends we made.  And I will thank God every day for giving me the opportunity to be  "Mom" to this very special little girl who I am honored to call my daughter!

January 12th, 2009
January, 2011


  1. Happy Forever Family Day to all of you!

    With Much Love

  2. What an AWESOME post! She is just so beautiful!! Adoption truly is an amazing blessing!! Hugs!

  3. I never saw your video put tears in my eyes! Such special memories! Enjoy this special day my friend!

  4. Contests on your Family Day!!!

  5. Awesome post! Congrats on 2 years as a forever family! She has come a long way!


  6. Beautiful post!!! What an amazing 2 years it has been!!

    From your ZJ friend :)

    (YouYou's mommy)

  7. Happy Forever Family Day my Forever Friend Kathie!!!! What an incredible journey. I am so happy that we got to share that moment! What a beautiful post! I remember John videotaping as if it was yesterday!

  8. Happy 2 years! We are celebrating too, and I posted on my blog as well:)
    I loved your post, thanks for sharing your heart!

  9. Happy two year anniversary of Sierra being forever yours! I love the list of things you've been educated on through your adoption. I'm nodding my head in agreement to every item on your list.

    I cried throughout your video. Oh how overwhelming that moment must have been for Sierra and for all of you. How beautifully God weaves hearts together to make a family.

    Rejoicing with you today!

    Much Love,

  10. Oh I loved this post, Kathie! I don't know that I have seen your Forever Family Day video! It really was so sweet and at the same time, such a intense moment for her and for you all. What joy she has brought to your life and to your family!