So much has happened in our family in the past one year. It has surely been a time of great joy and excitement but also a time of lots of adjustment. One year ago Lily joined our family. We went to Guangzhou and adopted her and brought her home to our crazy loud house full of sisters.
She has changed so much in one year. We picked her up with a short little boy haircut that was barely a centimeter long. Now she has thick wavy fly-away hair.
She went from having no sibling and a room full of “friends” to having 3 big sisters, a mom and a dad, 11 first cousins, a gargar, a gran and pop, 8 amazing aunts and uncles, tons of other relatives, and more friends than you could ever imagine.
Lily has also learned a whole new language in a year while still keeping a good bit of her Chinese! It is pretty impressive. I wish I had her language skills. There was a period of time when she was first learning English that she ran around saying, “NO!” to everything…and this momma didn’t enjoy that stage very much. It was pretty annoying to only hear “NO!” come out of your daughter's mouth. Thankfully we are past that and now she often says, “Momma, I love you!”
Her whole demeanor has changed in a year. She was very shy at times in the beginning and then the next minute she was going crazy running around all over. Now she has mellowed out a ton but is a very outgoing, smiley, little girl who usually greets our houseguest with a “Hey y’all!”