Wednesday, September 03, 2008


This moment can only be described as a birth ~ having giving birth to my two boys, I know the exhilarating, anxious, nervous and surreal feelings involved~ even though both boys were delivered via c-section ~ this moment with Mia was a birth like the others.

No different (except this wasn't painful!), no different in the deep, emotional feeling you have for your newborn. No different at all ~ some may wonder if you feel that same bond when you adopt a child ~ Yes! There is no difference at all- at least not for us! Mia is my child through and through ~ meant to be with us ~ from the beginning of time. He knew what He was doing ~ for sure!

Mia, Family Day Sept. 3, 2007
Mia, Family Day Sept 3, 2008!

I had been curious to see how Mia's Family Day outfit would fit her; and I had seen other do this too ~ so I dressed her in her yellow outfit with the plastic sandals she'd worn that day in 2007. The outfit fit - it was a bit tight and short - I smiled, she has grown physically as well as emotionally. She was around 17 lbs. at 19 months old; and now she is 24+ lbs at 2 1/2 yrs!

Mia tried her hardest to get these sandals on her foot. She is so persistent and willful - she struggled and pushed and pulled!

Her foot has grown considerably - she was so mad! She wanted these shoes on in a bad way!

"Mommy, please help!"

Mia had finally had it and threw the shoes across the room! This child was described by her SWI as being "docile and quiet" and "afraid of loud noises"; well, Mia has come into her own and is the least "docile" child I have ever seen! I just love her zest and love for life!

The toddler we adopted was more like an infant; eating and sleeping throughout the day. She had a tough beginning and I'm sure it will always "be" with her; however, now she has a family to help her through the tough times and the glorious times!
Mia we adore you and thank you for completing us!
"Have faith in your dreams and someday
Your rainbow will come smiling thru
No matter how your heart is grieving
If you keep on believing
the dream that you wish will come true."
~ Disney's Cinderella movie

* We will celebrate as a family tonight and have a delicious Chinese dinner. The boys have both left for their first days of school. Anthony had "butterflies" and Eddie "just wants to go!" - his first day of kindergarten is going on as I write. Since we missed their first day of school last year - this day was extra special and so nice to see for myself and kiss them myself; and wish them a wonderful day. I miss them.


amy said...

That is a beautiful post. I appreciate the happy tears today!

Daniella said...

Wow - I can't believe it's been a year. Congratulations on your forever family day. She is as precious as ever.

Aunt Debbie & Uncle Glen said...

Happy Family Day to our precious GODDAUGHTER!!
How we love and adore you Mia Hope!
From the moment you came home last year.. till right this moment.. you are an amazing little girl with the most beautiful spirit!

Red Thread to my Daughter said...

HAPPY FAMILY DAY!!! I didnt want to bother you guys today, but I was thinking of you. Wow has miss Mia grown.. and I got my hug. She definately belongs to you guys through and through, and she has grown in so many ways. ALSO GLAD TO HEAR THE BOYS WERE OFF TO A GOOD FIRST DAY.


3 Peanuts said...

Aww...this is such a special day. I am glad I wandered over here today:) I think our one year family day anniversary was so special and so emotional. Congratulations. Mia is so adorable (and so persistent with that sandal;)


Barbara said...

What a beautiful post...boy has Mia grown in every way. She is so special. We all love her so!
Happy to hear the boys had such nice "1st days of school"!

Colleen said...

Wishing you all a wonderful Family Day!!!!! You described the moment perfectly!:) It really is a birth moment!
(both of my boys were via c-section too)

Michelle said...

Oh what a year!! It was wonderful to see Mia for her special day! Congratulations and please post the adorable video of Eddie on his first day...

Anonymous said...

Wow Jo what a beautiful post. I truly enjoyed it. I love this song, it brought a tear to my eyes and I think it's so fitting! I can't believe it has been a year!M is where she belongs and it just goes to show that when you have a dream and hope, it can come true. I'm so glad to be a part of her life.

I wish the boys the best of luck on their first day!

Love, Aunt Michie

sea star said...

A whole year already???

Mia looks adorable and I love that outfit!

Happy family day to you!

Ronda said...

So fun to do the comparisons with height and weight. Beautiful pictures...Mia is adorable. "Gotcha day" ranks high on my list of the best things in life.