It's so hard to believe that you have been a part of our family for six months. I remember "gotcha day" like it was yesterday, and yet it feels like you have been with us forever. I don't grieve for the months we spent apart, but I rejoice for the months we have had together. You have filled a void in my heart that I didn't even know was there. You bring so much joy and laughter and fun to our family. You have stolen all of our hearts. Today, you started saying Alyssa and Riley's names. They have waited a long time to hear you say their names......Ah LaLa and RiYah. You are adorable!
I don't know what the first 13 months of your life were like, but you have such a strong and determined spirit, that I know you are adjusting to your new life beautifully. I thank God for you every day, and for giving you the will to overcome your fears. In the past 6 months you have learned to sit, crawl, walk, and now you are trying to jump. You have learned how to hold a bottle, and how to eat real food. You have learned to give kisses, hugs, say mama, dada, bottle, and lots of other words. You have learned to sign please, thank you, more, help, potty, shoes, all done, mama, dada, stop, go, cereal, friend, drink, bottle, milk, beautiful, and nigh-nigh. You have learned how to blow bubbles in the pool, and to go underwater without being afraid. You can go in the nursery at church, and stay the whole time. You have been to New York, Colorado, and Michigan. And you are learning how to pray. When we say prayers at dinner, you fold your hands and squint your eyes closed. When I rock you in the rocker before bed, I tell you about all the people that love you, and I always tell you how much God loves you. As soon as you hear me say God, you fold your hands and squint your eyes, so we pray together before bed. Those are such sweet times to me that I will hold in my heart forever.
I hope you will always know how loved and treasured you are. We love you with all our hearts, precious baby girl, and we thank God for the gift of you.
Mommy and Daddy
Some fun pictures.........
Addison learned how to "smile".....
And to think, 6 months ago she didn't know how to eat! Now she can eat and talk on the phone. Smart girl!
We would love it if you would leave a wish/prayer/comment for Addison. I plan to print them all out and put them in her album. thanks!