Sunday, February 1, 2009

We Heart Our Hannahversaries

With Chinese New Year in full swing and Valentine's Day right around the corner, we have yet another celebration to relish.

No, not the Super Bowl.

This celebration remembers one little face. A little round face atop a cheery yellow sweater. The face of an angel. I gasped when I saw her...I knew she was our daughter. You can revisit the day of our referral here.

Today marks two years...two amazing years since we caught our first glimpse of our little Jiangxi girl. With just the right blend of sweet and sassy, Hannah is a precious gift. My heart still swells with that initial joy. Each time she kisses my face or leans in to whisper, "I love you, Mommy." She hunches in her seat every morning muttering, "I miss her already." as Emily jumps from her seat and bounds into school. She is fine mix of Daddy's girl and Mama's baby, and we are thankful beyond measure that the Lord, in His divine wisdom, knew to join East and West that a family may continue being built.

She sings "His Eye is on the Sparrow" at the top of her lungs...a symphony to us. So completely perfect...His eye was on our little sparrow, which gave us peace until we could reach her and gives us peace as we love her every single day. Today, we pray for all of the families enduring their wait, knowing that His eye is on their babies also. We look forward to each new referral remembering with misty eyes the range of emotions that pour over mommies and daddies who wait to see that face, to hold their children. East meets West...hearts unite.

Yes, we heart our Hannahversaries...and will forevermore.


sara said...

Oh, Happy Hannah Day!! I LOVE anniversaries of meeting these precious children - love them!!!!

Michelle said...

What a beautiful post, Heather. Happy Hannaversary!! Hannah's referral photos are just adorable, as if your beautiful little girl!! I have always wanted to take a picture of the girls holding their referral photos, but have yet to do so. I love the one you took of Hannah!

Jboo said...

Happy anniversary! Your girls are so sweet! Love to see those referral photos -- so cute!

Have a great week.


The Byrd's Nest said...

Oh Heather....He is so good to place beautiful Hannah in your family. I love the way He puts us all together.

Missy said...

Ooooh, Heather! What a precious post! You always make me cry...never fails. You have such a gift with words.

Happy Hanniversary to you and your sweet family. I know Hannah is a pure blessing. God is good!

3 Peanuts said...

Happy referral day anniversary!
I love the update on sweet singing Hannah!
I am thinking of you all today. I am too sick to post but did get a photo to post soon:)


mommy24treasures said...

Happy Hannah Day:)
Thank you for sharing Hannah and Emily with us, they are such special blessings.

I am so sorry for the loss of Rob's friend.

Anonymous said...

That His eye is on the sparrow bit, has me bleary eyes and trying to type. Happy Day, my friend!

Shelly and Family said...

Oh what a happy day! Can you believe it has been two years since seeing her face for the first time!!! Boy, time sure does fly by...

(feels like only yesterday we were sitting in that old INS building waiting & talking about whats to come...)

DiJo said...

She is PRECIOUS in His Sight!!! What a blessing she is!
God was so faithful when he answered your prayers, and brought that very special little girl into your family!

Happy Hannah-versary!


Joy in The Truth said...

Happy Hannah-versary!

And His eye is on two little sparrows named Emily and Hannah!

We rejoice with you!

Now excuse me...I need to go clean up some nail polish. :)

Linette said...

Happy Happy Hannah Day! I loved reading about your referral day. Just makes me smile reading all about it. :) What a precious gift she is to your family!

MacMui Mom said...

Happy Hannahversary to you!!!! Thank you for sharing your lives with us for allowing us to follow on that precious journey. It has been a joy to watch her grow via the blog! She was truly sent to you from God.

Jodee Leader said...

Happy Hannahversary! She is such a little blessing!

Lori said...

Happy Hannah-versary!! What a glorious memory to rejoice in! I love that song and wish I could her Miss Hannah sing it too. :)
The picture of her with her referral is just precious!

ps Thanks for the sweet and faithful comment on my blog!

day by day said...

Hi Heather!

This is a wonderful post! What special memories!!

How neat that you live close by to us. We would love to meet up with you sometime!!

Your girls are just beautiful!

Have a great day! : )

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello~ I've strolled over from my Bf's blog A Mother Singing. I've been friends with her for over 20+ years. The journey she took through the process of adopting Jane was so inspiring. I will never forget helping her pack the night before her trip....our excitement was overwhelming. I feel so fortunate to have her friendship and to be part of her continued story with Jane.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading your hearts story. What beautiful girls
and family you have.

Sweet Wishes,

Kristy said...

Thank you Heather for your prayers for all of us waiting to feel exactly what you just spoke of. That little face is still just perfectly beautiful.

Love, Kristy

Heather said...

Love celebrating Gotcha Day! Brings back so many memories of the forever family day. Congrats to you all! Always enjoy reading your blog & seeing such gorgeous pictures.

Jennifer said...

Happy Hannahversary!!!! Yhanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I am so glad I found yours. Your daughters are beautiful. I love the picture of Hannah holding her referral picture.


Don and Lisa Osborn said...

Yep, I'm late on this one and as you know I've been in blog hiding. I just can't resist wishing you a belated Happy Hannahversary. She's so beautiful and is such a doll and joy--just like her big sis and Mommy.

I love you, H!


Lori said...

Thanks for the sweet words. :)

Sheri said...

Belated Happy Hannahversary to you all!! I've been absent in blogland for awhile, and I've enjoyed catching up on all your recent posts. You truly have a gift with words, but your most precious gift is that of your sweet girls. Love the picture of Hannah with her referral photo. :)


© Welcome to Our Little Ladybugs!
CoffeeShop Designs