Wednesday, October 28, 2009

2 Years Ago Today - I touched my baby for the first time...

One of the first pictures we saw of Rylee was this one...

And now she has grown into this:

I am overwhelmed with emotions today... two years with my baby girl. It is just so hard to wrap my mind around the fact that two years ago today we were nervously waiting in our hotel room for Rylee to arrive. When she did she was scared, reserved and so small! I was so worried about bonding with her and if she would love us... love me... and want me for her mom.

Two years later it hurts to breathe when I think of what life would be like without her. She has so firmly planted herself in my heart that it is almost hard to believe that I did not give birth to her myself. When I look at her, my eyes well up with emotion and I just want to scoop her up and hug her and tell her how happy I am that China let me be her Mama. And I do...

And she laughs at me and says "Oh Mama, I just love you so so so much! You are my best mom ever and China did a good job making us a family, didn't they Mama?"

They did and I am forever grateful!


  1. she is soooo beautiful!!! They grow so fast!
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  2. Oh, I'm misting up here.

    Congratulations! Two years with your beautiful Rylee. You haven't posted a picture of her recently and she just took my breath away when I saw this latest one. What a beautiful little lady she has become. And how far she has come too. That's what love'll do.

    (Hoping and praying things will improve soon!)

  3. Happy anniversary (or whatever it is that you call this day)! She has grown so much since your last posted pics and Wanda is right --she is a beautiful little lady. :) I am sure the joy that she has brought to your life is equally reflected in the joy that you have brought to hers. You are blessed.

  4. Congratulations. What a beauty. They are so full of love. My heart melts when Sierra says, Mama, I love you sooooo much!!!
    Your neighbors are being ridiculous. They really are!!! Good Luck!

  5. Cannot believe it has been that long since she came home!! She is such a beautiful girl!! Congrats!!!

  6. It's your family anniversary! I am an adopted child, and each year on May 17, my parents and I celebrate our "family anniversary"-- next spring will mark 28 years since we became a family of three.

    Thank you so much for sharing, reading your post brought tears to my eyes... and reminded me to call my mother tonight!


  7. beautiful.
    heart stopping.

    her beauty....your heart.....her heart...your beauty.....sniff snif....thanks for letting us share in this!
    Wendy (Mich) who can't figure out how to make comments work and is trying again tonight!

  8. Absolutely beautiful. Adoption is a beautiful thing. My aunt was blessed enough to be able to adopt a sweet little girl (now 4) from Kazakhstan 3 years ago. We're so blessed to have her as part of our family.

    I came across your blog from MBC (the FM group) and am now following you.

    I just recently started blogging, and I'd love it if you stopped by page.

  9. you just got me crying. your daughter and your story are beautiful! found you on mbc and became your follower here and on twitter.

  10. What a beautiful girl!
    Raylee and you are lucky to have each other!

  11. She's beautiful! You can tell you're raising her with love. -Victoria from MBC Follow Me Club

  12. that is such a beautiful and touching story! Congrats on 2 wonderful years!

  13. Awww...such a beautiful post. I'm very happy for your family. Your girls are dolls! Following you on Networked Blogs from Follow Each Other Club at MBC.


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