Tuesday, November 15, 2011

1 year ago…




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!” 


Lily is our super precious little girl and we are so thankful for her!  She has brought so much joy and laughter to our home.  We have enjoyed watching her grow into the little girl that she is and really look forward to seeing her become the girl that God made her to be.  We love you, Lily Grace Xiuli!  Happy 1st Gotcha Day!  We look forward to so many more! 



1 comment:

JJ said...

Can't believe a year has gone by. She is precious!