Friday, July 18, 2008

JoHanna's Gotcha Day!! #3




Well, today was a fun day of celebrating our third year anniversary of adopting JoHanna from China. Three years ago, a nanny brought her to the Chinese Civil Affairs office, checked our passports and paperwork and gave us our precious Chinese daughter. She was terrified of us and of what was transpiring. The only way that I could stop her from crying was to sing to her. That night she had her first dinner of Cheerios. She wouldn't eat anything else. For the first few days, she only wanted to be outside looking for her nannies. She would get so mad at us when we would take her inside of our hotel room. She would bang on the door and cry to be let out - so that we could go out again to look for her nanny. It took her three days and 5 hours of crying on the third day, to finally come to the realization that we were there to stay and that her nanny was not coming back. It was very heartbreaking to watch her make the transition. By the end of the first week though, she was a pretty happy little girl who was ok with her new mommy and daddy. Today, she loves to tell make believe stories, she can swim by herself, and she loves to play with anyone who is available. When I look at her now I think of how far she has come. I am so glad that God has brought her into our lives. She is such a blessing and I can't wait to see what God has in store for her life. I love you JoHanna Grace!!

1 comment:

Cassie said...

Congratulations on your 3rd year Gotcha Day. I have helped out in her Sunday school class a few times this summer. She is so pleasant and reading your story is so touching.