Saturday, January 26, 2008

Flower's Gotcha Day Anniversary

It has been a year since Nina /Flower left. Time just seems to fly by. Angee writes often and so I know what Flower is up to all of the time. I even got to talk to her by video on Skype a few weeks ago. That was so wonderful because we got the nannies near the computer and they all spoke to her too. It is wonderful for us all to see how she has grown and how much she is learning. So here is what Angee has too say. If you would like to keep up with the blog here is the address: www.zflowerz.blogspot.com

I am in total disbelief that it's already been a year ago that we met our sweet Flower! Wow has she changed! She speaks in full sentences, loves to sing and dance and is so spunky!

The physical change is amazing! Here she is on the day we met:








Here she is today:







Here's our first family photo together:







Here's our family today:







In order to celebrate, we had plans to go to the Discovery Center and get something to eat. We were bummed when we 'discovered' that it closed at 5:00 pm. We tried to go at 6. Oh well. So after going grocery shopping with John from upstairs, we went to dinner at Applebee's for their yummy chicken salad. We had a lovely dinner. When we got home we melted some chocolate and dipped strawberries.







It's so fun to look back at how nervous KG and I were while flying to China and then walking into the building that we met Flower for the first time. She was so scared and didn't want to leave the comfort of Amanda's arms.







We had brought a lollipop from my niece and nephew and we attempted to bribe her. She finally went to KG and he was smitten. She was terrified.







Her entire world would be changing! She was calling us mommy and daddy within the week and other adoptive parents couldn't believe it. We were so blessed by the amazing care that she received from Amanda. She was so prepared to come to us! We were so nervous and didn't know what to expect and wanted so badly for everything to go well. Now look at us! It's all so natural! She is amazing. She constantly tells us she loves us without any prompting on our part. She has such a huge personality. We have received so much love and support from so many throughout this entire process! It just warms my heart at how many people she has formed bonds with and how many people just love her to pieces! She is one special little person! Thank you so much to all those that have had a part in our transition this year and loving her. You know who you are and you are very important to us!







Flower is now tucked in bed and KG and I are about to watch The Waitress. KG has the next seven days off work and I am so thrilled! :)


Life, Love and Laughter,

Amanda

Starfish Foster Home

http://www.chinesestarfish.org/

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6 comments:

Mob said...

What a very wonderful happy ending. Flower and her family look so happy...who wouldn't be dipping strawberries in chocolate YUMMY

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redmaryjanes said...

Wow, look at how big she is now. And you can tell that she is very loved. It must do your heart so good to see her so happy.
Have a great week Amanda.

Meredith Teagarden said...

Your flower is beautiful adn so blessed to have you!

Jesicca said...

What a beautiful blog and what wonderful uplifting stories come from this special work.

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

It is so great when you see the kids leaving with their families and just doing so great... that is when you know the wait is well worth it...