Friday, January 9, 2015

Three Years

From terrified little girl...

01.09.2012 my little Mini-Mama...

Emmie has brought us more joy than we could have ever imagined.  She was the first of three best decisions my husband and I have ever made.  She is beautiful inside and out, has a perfect heart and is an old soul.  She is sensitive and compassionate, stubborn and silly.  She is smart as a whip, and has a bit of a temper.  Imaginative, brave, girly, and friendly...she tests us hard and loves us harder.

When I think about her rough beginnings as an orphan, and our humble beginnings as a family, my heart swells with such love, pride, and happiness that it almost stops my breath.  This amazing little girl--and all of our amazing little girls--have changed our lives in every way, and all for the better.  I don't know what I ever did to get so lucky, but I am forever thankful.

For her special day, Emmie wanted to go to Build-A-Bear
to get some new duds for her teddy.

So Happy Emmie Day, to the little girl who made me a mother for the first time.  I don't want to think about what my life would be like without you as my daughter.

Of course my girly-girl picked the frilliest dress she could find!


Anonymous said...

Happy Emmie day to the princess herself and to both you and your husband. She so lucky to have been brought into a family of crazy unconditional love. She is just as blessed to have you both as you are to have her.
Congrats on 3 years of motherhood under your belt Tracy! Cheers to the years to come.

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

happy 3 years!

Anonymous said...

Happy Gotcha Day Emmie, such an inspirational and seemingly sweet little girl. I was struck by your " Old Soul" comment, My cousin adopted from China, and uses that exact phrase to describe her precious daughter.

DMR said...

Hi Tracy!

I just found your blog and I wanted to comment and say how much I'm enjoying it. Your 3 girls are adorable!

I find the descriptions about life with thal particularly interesting as both me and my toddler are thal minors. Many doctors say thal minor is asymptomatic, but I have found some studies that say otherwise. I can definitely tell when my hemoglobin dips below my personal normal (about 10.5). The lowest I've ever been was during pregnancy (about 8.5) and after delivery (around 6.5) when I nearly needed a transfusion. I had no idea that Thal was so common in China! So few people know what it is so I always end up having to explain it. Thanks for talking so openly about it and bringing awareness to the topic.

Take care,

skm said...

Happy Forever Day to all 5 of you!!