Sunday, May 20, 2007

SIX months!!

Dear Addison,
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!
Daddys girl!
Happy baby!

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!


Anonymous said...

We love you, Addison Grace Xin!!! You are such a precious, sweet and happy little girl! I'm so glad we got to be a part of your families' trip to China to receive you. I know that you and Sara KangXia will forever have a special connection as China sisters...and your Mom and I will forever be connected as Chatty Girls :-) I pray that the Lord continues to bless you and grow you. You are so beautiful!!! With lots of love and hugs, Amy & The Ivey Family

Alli Rui said...

You are very smart. I am learning some new words too. It is fun to be silly with my family. I can't believe God brought our families on such an amazing journey to China to bring us home. My mommy talks about you, your family and our other friends from Nanchang. We will be Jiangxi friends forever.
Alli Rui and Mommy (Beth)

Fracis Li said...

How lovely you are!I'm from China,too.You must be glad that you have a happy family!But don't forget chinese people,because we love you all the time,wherever you are!

jun said...

Please leave more your photos here,I want to look you growing!

Anonymous said...

Grandma and Grandpa Miller are so proud of you. You are a beautiful addition to our family and God has blessed us with your presence.

Love ya

Anonymous said...

You were chosen by God to be the light of your mommy, daddy, brother and sister's eyes. The joy you have brought to your family will forever grow and become deeper just as you grown into the beautiful girl that God has designed you to be. You are cherished and loved and I rejoice that God brought you to your family and your family to you and that I have the blessing of knowing your terrific mommy and watching you grow.

With Love,

Nichole Minot

Anonymous said...

Precious Addison,

You were loved and prayed for before your family even saw your sweet face! Isn't it amazing how God brought you all the way from China to join the family that he had just for you? You are the perfect mei mei and daughter for your family, and you have a smile that lights up the room! One day we hope to meet you in person!

Love and Blessings,
The Horner Family

amazing grace said...

What a blessing! How sweet that she folds her hands at the mention of God's name. Very precious.

May the Lord bless her and keep her and shine His face upon her. I pray that she will come to know and love our Saviour. Blessings!!!


Anonymous said...

Sweet Addison, what a child of promise you are!!! I remember many long months of wondering and waiting for your arrival, encouraging your mama with paperwork, and sharing a love for China and God's heart for you!!! What a joy to pray for you and to journey to China in our hearts and carry you home in our prayers. And here you are!!! You are a miracle, sweet one! How we prayed that God would hand-pick the most precious little girl, and God chose YOU!!! You are a gift and a blessing, and we pray that you will continue to grow up knowing how deeply you are loved and chosen!

May God continue to shower you with blessings --
With much love,
Todd, Julie, Samuel, Noah, Emma and Madison

AnnaClaire's Jie Jie said...

Hi Addison,
It's AnnaClaire (well actually my big sister, Emily, typing for me!) I can't wait to meet you. We are going to be so cute together with our cheesy grins! I'm so glad that you are enjoying life with your forever family. You sound like you are adjusting very nicely! They love you bunches and I do too! You are so cute! Can't wait to meet you sometime soon!

Your Chatty (and China!) Sissy,

Anonymous said...

Dear Addison Grace,
You are a precious gift from God! God planned your wonderful family for you from the beginning. He has great plans to give you hope and a future, so remember to always follow Him and listen for His voice. You are so precious to Him!

The Holsberry Familiy

The Wollenberger Family said...

You are so beautiful and so loved by your family! I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to watch you grow and blossom into a stunning little girl. I look forward to meeting you someday soon and plan to see you on the slopes of the Rocky Mountains. I know you and Jaya will be the cutest bunnies on the hill!
Much Love to you,
Heidi, Louie and Jaya

Anonymous said...

What lovely pictures, you are growing up so quickly! You have been blessed with a wonderful family and you are such a blessing to them. You are loved precious little one.
Love and hugs,
Uncle Bill and Aunt Marge

Anonymous said...


You fit perfectly into this funny family of yours, and we're so glad you're here! You make us smile and laugh and we thank God for you every day. We have so many exciting things to look forward to with you in the years ahead--watching you ski the bowls in Colorado (next year maybe?!), teaching you to cheat like your dad at Dutch Blitz, and taking you to see the light in Michigan, just to name a few.
We love you!
Uncle Rich, Aunt Lisa, Luke, and Brooke

Anonymous said...

Dearest Addison
I have enjoyed watching you grow. You were once so quiet, unsure of the world. Now you love to look, smile, use sign language, and be silly. How fun you are! How LOVED you are! God has a plan for your life. I am so thrilled to be able to watch it begin to unfold.
Auntie Kate
and your shopping buddies, Maxwell and Phoebe

Anonymous said...

Dear Sweet Addison,
We haven't met you yet but we have been praying for you for quite a while. We followed your family's journey to find you and we celebrated your homecoming. You are growing and learning so much! You are a precious child of God and you are living out His plan for your life. We pray you will grow to know and love Jesus and always follow the path He has laid out for you. We can't wait to meet you!
Tom, Despy and Alexia

Erica said...

Sweet Addison,

It is hard to believe how time is flying by. It seems like yesterday that your Mommy was anxiously waiting to find out what special girl God had chosen to be her daughter. We are so glad that He chose YOU! As you grow, I pray that you will be able to rest in the knowledge that God loves you beyond understanding, and that He is with you every moment of every day. You are never (and have never been) alone. You are so special and you bless all who know you. Julie hopes to see you soon (and so does her Mommy)!

Erica, Larry, Julie & Melody Potter