I still can't believe that a year has gone by. It went by oh so fast. Emi has changed so much in that year and I still feel like she's always been here. Her entire life. I love her smile when she greets me every morning. I love that when I leave her at home with her daddy she races to the garage door with her sweet little lips puckered to give me a goodbye kiss. I love when she charges toward me arms wide open in anticipation of a great big hug. I love her curiosity and love of animals (she has become obsessed with the cat and looks for him all the time). I love how even though her language hasn't developed she in her own language will tell me a story. I love her sweet feet that I kiss on every day. I love how she giggles when I put lotion on her after bathtime (she's so ticklish). There are so many more things I could say I love about this girl but it would take forever! What I love most is that she's ours and will be for always.
I am so grateful her birth mother chose life for her even if she could not provide one for her. I'm so grateful that the Peoples Republic of China allowed us the opportunity to adopt this wonderful and precious little being.
Happy Gotcha Day, Emilija!
Gotcha Day 2009