Saturday, April 19, 2014
Six months ago tomorrow.....we drove up to the hotel in Lanzhou, and as we were driving by, I spotted our girl being carried in a bright pink coat. I swear I thought I was going to choke on my heart, it was so far up in my throat!! I knew it was her, I had stared at those pictures for months!! I didn't even know what to do when they walked into the hotel lobby with her, and put her in a stroller next to me. I so much wanted to pick her up and squeeze her, but I didn't want to scare her, and with the 5 people (almost all men), standing around staring, to say that it was awkward is an understatement!! I can still remember her dark eyes looking at me, but really just being blank....it's so hard to believe now that they were ever like that. This is the first day that she was with us...October 20th
Six months ago Monday....Wu YuanQing became Lainey Wu Ashe, officially our daughter, officially a sister, officially a granddaughter....what an amazing day. Like her, I think I was also in a daze, I hardly remember most of it, except for looking at pictures. I think it's much like when I went through labor and delivery with the boys....I really can't remember most of that either, but I remember holding them, hugging them, loving them.
This is the little girl that I know now....
It just hit me this week that her 6 month anniversary of gotcha day is on Easter. What an awesome picture of new beginnings. Easter brings us new life in Christ, a new beginning, a hope that we couldn't have otherwise. Lainey brought us a new life, a new normal, a new beginning in our family. Our sacrifices we made to bring her home are nothing compared to the sacrifice Christ made for us, when we didn't deserve it. We are so so so blessed, and are just so thankful for all of our new beginnings and new life!!!