This blog chronicles the miracles and struggles of our daughters, Emily and Olivia. Emily was born 15 weeks early and had many complications, but she continues to amaze us! Olivia, born in China with heart complications, is also beating the odds. She joined her forever family (us!) when she was four years old and has been doing wonderfully! UPDATE: We started homeschooling August 2009 :)

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

One year ago today...

One year ago today, on the other side of the world, we met our second daughter--a cute little girl called Tan Tan (rhymes with won ton) who became our Olivia. I still remember how nervous and excited we were when we took that van ride across Nanning to meet her for the first time. Would she accept us or hate us? Would we all bond? A FOUR year old?! What were we thinking? Were we crazy to mess with a perfectly happy family? How would this affect Emily?

I had so many questions running through my head, but most of those were replaced with relief and joy as soon as we saw her. As we pulled up to the building we caught a glimpse of two little kids playing cars on a coffee table in the lobby. The little girl we had fallen in love with was right there! And the rest is now history :) I'm so glad we took that leap of faith and got the daughter we never knew we were looking for--we thought we wanted an infant, but had no idea how perfect a four year old would be! I guess God knew what He was doing after all when He matched us up! A year later I'm still amazed by how smooth the transition has been. We have much to be grateful for.

This is my blog entry from one year ago:

What a wonderful, wonderful day :) Well worth the wait!!

Introverted? Timid? Shy? Huh?? Olivia FuTan is a giggly, sweet little bundle of love that seems far from the reserved child I expected!! She has such a belly laugh and is just too cute!! I'm not sure if the other shoe is going to drop tomorrow, but today was just wonderful!! At first she was a little quiet and shy, but after I held her and fed her a while, she really warmed up and turned into a giggly chatter box who loves to eat like there's no tomorrow! She hasn't cried at all yet, not even at bedtime. She's been surprisingly easy so's my other one who's having a hard time with the adjustment. At bedtime, Emily was feeling a little jealous and sullen and Olivia reached out to her to try to console her! They are now sound asleep next to each other.

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