Thursday, November 20, 2008

Happy Gotcha Day Addie Grace!

Two years ago today, we walked into the Civil Affairs building in Jiangxi, China, and met this precious little girl. Time really does fly, because it feels like yesterday that we were still waiting and hoping for a referral. What a gift Addison has been to all of us. She has touched so many hearts and lives, and I pray that her joy and laughter and love of life has inspired others to consider the possibilities of adoption and to give more orphans the chance to have forever families. I have been so blessed to be able to share our story with many people, and it has been my passion and my joy.
God is so Good, and we praise Him for this life that forever changed ours!
Happy Gotcha Day Addison Grace!
These pictures are the first glimpses we had of our daughter. She was only 5 months old. They are the only pictures I have of Addie before we got her at 13 months old.
Gotcha Day! Our first few moments together.....
There were no smiles on this day from our little XinSi

What a long way we have come................

13 comments:

Jeanette said...

What a wonderful day to celebrate! I am so happy for you all!!! I love her referral picture, she looks so tiny, especailly with all of those layers! Sweet memeories, thank you for sharing!

The Morris Family said...

Hoorah! Love all the pics-the referrals pics are very similiar to our own- Maggie had the same red jacket on in hers. Those last few pictures of Addie are just terrific.

Julie said...

Happy Gotcha Day! I love all of her smiles now. Great happy pictures! Her hair is getting so long!

fricke92 said...

What great pictures. Elise didn't smile at all that first day either. It's pretty clear Addie has her sister and brother wrapped around her fingers. :)

Kristen said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Carlson family! Addison is such a beautiful little girl w such an infectious smile! It's funny that you mentioned she didn't smile at all the first day and now she's all smiles. Emily was the same way...so serious at first and now, nothing but goofiness!

A lifetime of smiles and happiness to all of you!

Lisa said...

I love the contrast between the pic with Riley and Alyssa in the hotel room and the pic where Addie is sitting ON TOP OF THEM! Perfect description :)

Love you guys!

Dawn said...

Yes, what a long way you all have come. Addison is just a cutie pie!! Her smiles are beautiful.
God is so great, words will never be able to express what He has given us through these children.
Love you
DD

Jie Jie to Sarah Lu and Chayah Ru said...

Thank you for sharing! Addison is lovely :) Gotcha's are both scary and wonderful... Wow! ...and belated happy birthday to beautiful Alyssa!
Caroline

Amy Jo said...

SO precious! Love the recent pics and her delightful smile. I love how God has so perfectly fit your family together! What an amazing adventure this has been. :-)

Sweet Addison, we have been so blessed by your life and our friendship with your family! We pray that God continues to bless you and use you to share His love with others. You are most certainly a light for Jesus.

We love you, Sweet Girl,
"Auntie" Amy (Sara's Mommy)

Pam said...

Happy Gotcha Day, beautiful Addie! My what a long way you've come!

Love,
Pam

anne said...

Hi Guys-
Wow- I can't believe it's been 2 years! Amazing! Tristan and Ella have been talking about your kids!! They (and we) would like to see your family!
Lets plan something....
Anne

Michelle said...

Happy anniversary!! We are exactly 7 days apart. I wonder if we overlapped any on Shamian Island?

Super Mommy said...

Happy Family Day!! How blessed you are!