Two years ago today we were in China. And our world was completely rocked…

We were handed the confused, terrified little girl that we had held in our hearts for seven long months.

She promptly went into shock, and completely shut down…

We knew this could happen, and we knew it was normal, but it still was heartbreaking to watch.

Our family day was a day of complete joy…and desperate sadness.

Our little girl stayed like this for days…in the safety of her shut-down world.

Then, we began to see little glimpses of her fun personality start to emerge. She began to grieve, and we began to get to know each other.

There was nothing sadder than this little girl crying for her NaiNai… and nothing happier than her laughter.

Two years ago we got our girl. And we started to become a family.


  1. Jonibalony on August 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    This one brought tears to my eyes. Your writing always makes me feel as though I am sitting right next to you, sharing the moment.

  2. jessica on August 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Oh my goodness, brought tears to my eyes as well! I've been reading lots of books all about this transition, but I don't think anything can really prepare me for when it really happens. Love seeing little M right when she was adopted, she looks SO much younger! Those cheeks are just so kissable!!

  3. foreversistersforeverfriends on August 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    Happy 2nd anniversary, ours is right around the corner!Anne

  4. Bev on August 15, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Happy Family-versary! What a difference two years makes. A beautiful post about a day (and the days that followed) that were filled with so many emotions covering the entire spectrum of emotions. Hard to comprehend how so much joy can be mixed with so much sadness, and yet it is. But, two years later, there is so much happiness that shines through on your daughter's face (as well as her proud Mommy and Daddy's faces). Enjoy this special day and congratulations on two years as a family!

  5. Nancy @ Ordinary Miracles & The Crazy 10 on August 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Happy Family-versay! I LOVE that name. My have to steal it!nancy-of the crazy 9

  6. Robin on August 15, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    Happy Anniversary!

  7. Musings from Kim K. on August 16, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Such a joyous anniversary. It's so true. Nothing prepares you for the massive and joyous changes.

  8. Katie on August 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Happy Famil-versary!I thought of you when I saw this:

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