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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The day I fell in love.....

There are many dates in an adoptive parent's life that stand out. Some fade over time: the date my dossier was finished and went to Ethiopia, the first and second court dates that fell through, the dates I flew over and home again, etc. But there are a handful that will always be remembered and celebrated: referral day, family day, the day I met Mari's birth family, landing in the US and being HOME.

Today, October 5th, is referral day. The day I fell in love. The day I received the picture of the baby with the unbelievably gorgeous, and intense, chocolate brown eyes. Those eyes dared you not to be in love, they had stories of untold sadness, they asked questions, they held a lifetime of anticipation, and they were full of curiosity. Those eyes still speak volumes but they've added new depths; laughter, wonder, and a twinkle that tells me I better be on my toes every minute of the day.

I fell in love with those big brown eyes 4 years ago and they are still my favorite part of you, Miss Amari.

October 5th, 2007 October 5th, 2008
October 5th, 2009 October 5th, 2010 October 5th, 2011 4 years. Wow.


The Journey said...

Wow is right. Such an incredible girl, such an amazing family!

Kathryn and Kevin said...

Love seeing her progression. Such a beauty!

The Taylor Family said...

Awww...It's that time of year again! Where does the time go? Happy Referral-vesary!

Troy and Rachel said...

Happy, happy day!! Mari gets prettier each year, if it's even possible!!!!