Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gotcha Day Anniversary

One year; 365 days and nights since I first saw your beautiful face; encircled you with my arms and held you close and took in your scent. Stared into those lovely eyes looking back at me with curiosity and intelligence and a sweetness that has been there everyday since.

I flew half way around the world to a strange land and had pictured this moment while waiting for you 3 long years. All the sadness of the wait, the adoption process, the traveling, the expenses, they literally disappeared in that moment of having you placed into my arms.

It was a long, tedious, frustrating journey to get to you, probably one of the hardest sustainable efforts I have ever set my sites on to achieve. But, the splendor of the destination point was worth every moment.

I am stronger for traversing the road that lead to you, and I am now better for having you in my life to re-set my purpose, direction and destiny. You have awakened in me the desire to share life's lessons, show you what I know of this world and guide you towards a life filled with hope and kindness to others. I have also realized how much you have to teach me in return. My heart is overflowing with love which I want to shower upon you every moment we are together.

Seeing you proud of a new accomplishment warms me, your shy laugh and gentle ways touch me. You are such a kind person, so considerate of others and wanting to please. You have a desire to know and understand the "why" of everything within your sight and grasp and at the same time a generosity to share it with those around you.

I am in awe of your physical beauty - but even more impressed by the inner beauty which shines through you.

My wish for you is that you always have the self confidence to reach for your dreams and achieve them; to know that you were born to be loved and adored by your family; that your life has it's own path for you to discover, and being my daughter has enabled our paths to become one for this part of our life's journey and I am blessed and thankful to walk with you for as long as God has woven us together.

Happy Gotcha Day Aubriana, my heart outside myself.


Paul and Robyn: said...

Happy Anniversary girl!! Can you believe it's already been a year?? Sometimes it seems like forever and sometimes it seems like yesterday! All of our kids are growing so fast, we no longer have those little babies. Now it's a bunch of toddlers that don't slow down. :)

Love ya and congrats on one year down!!

AG'smoma said...

Congratulations to your family!! We are blessed to share this wonderful event in our lives with you!! Aubriana is beautiful!

Christie said...

You're so eloquent, my friend. This is touching...please print and share this with her some day...promise?

Love you


Dita said...

Yep, I cried when I read this. I have a similar anniversary coming up tomorrow...only mine has been 10 years. I can tell you that it only gets better!

Happy Anniversary!

Eloise said...

Wow! What a treat to watch Aubriana's progression over the past year. I am so happy for your family.

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Anonymous said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Aubriana! I remember the moment I first saw you, when your mommy and daddy brought you home after a very long journey. You have blossomed like a beautiful rose this past year, and I know that you will always be part of life's bouquet. Love, Aunt Marlene and Uncle Steve