Thursday, November 09, 2006

Two Years Ago

It's hard to believe that only 2 short years ago, Billy and I were in China adopting Abigail. It seems like she's always been with us.

This picture was taken on November 8, 2004. It was right after they placed her in my arms. Abby was crying and I was crying. We both had no idea what was going to happen next. That moment rocked our worlds!

Mommy and Baby Tears

The first few hours, days, weeks... were a struggle to find our new places. Me as a Mommy and Abby as an only daughter. At first, she clung to Daddy with a fierceness that made me question my ability to even be a mom. Even after we arrived home, it took a while for Abby to warm up to me.

Thankfully, when Billy went back to work, Abby decided that I was OK. We got to know each other and bond and all those other good things that need to happen for any adoption to succeed. God was faithful to both of us and melted our hearts together.

I am so thankful that God placed Abby in our family. I have said several times, "The Lord knew what He was doing when he gave us Abby." Even now, with our different personalities, I know that I was meant to mother her and she was meant to be my daughter.


palmtreefanatic said...

what a special story! thanks for sharing!

Mama Lily said...

that picture always makes me cry! Forged in the fire, that's what I think about your relationship! It will stand the test of time. Love you both.

Rachel said...

I cry too. I remember seeing it at Karen's house while you guys were in China. I couldn't wait for you to come home with her.

PEZmama said...

It pains me sometimes to see the pictures of Bethany on the day we met her. Her blank looks, as if she was wondering what was going on, are hard to look at now. She didn't want anyone to touch her face or her hands for the longest time. It threw me. I felt like I didn't know how to love her.

It makes me all the more grateful for God's grace and patience. It was a hard beginning, but God has blessed tremendously.

I love this picture you posted. I feel like I can relate to what you might have been feeling.