Friday, August 31, 2007

On August 28th....

I left a place called Yangxi in a province called Guangdong, China. It was clean and the aunties took pretty good care of me. They fed me, they changed my diapers, and they even let me play with some little friends.

See, there I am third from the right. Cute as a bug's ear, yes?

But I didn't have a forever family. I sort of wanted a Mom and a Dad and a big sister. Presto...on August 28th...they all appeared in a goverment building to come meet me. It scared me. They looked and smelled funny. But not in a ha ha way. More in a "Universe, You have got to be kidding me way."

Here I am meeting my sister and my mom last August 28th. I was less than pleased with my situation. But that was before I realized they have good snacks.

It's a whole year later.

Here I am celebrating my one year forever family day with candles. My mom likes candles. She let me pick these three candles out at the Hallmark store. (I confess, my sister had to help me because I was a little cranky since my mom and I were in a tiff over being strapped into the stroller.) I voted no, she voted yes. I'll let you fill in the rest of the story.

Anyway, we picked three candles. The red one is for China, the country that let me go but will always be there for me when I want to go back. The purple one is for my birth family. They gave me life. We are grateful for that. My mom likes purple and it makes her feel connected to my birth mother. (She can be a little sentimental at times.) The peach one is for my forever family. I was tired and so my sister picked peach, since she likes the smell. We will light these candles to remember how grateful we are to have found each other as a family each August 28th, forever. Or until we need new Yankee candles. (I won't pick peach next's overdone a little 1980's if you ask me.)

I am sampling the peach one here. My mom was afraid I'd drop it and break it. She can be a little uptight, but I love her anyway.

Yes, the red one is definitely the best.

I'm happy to be at home now. It is comfy cozy. My parents love me and my sister is the best. She calls me cute and kisses me 100 times a day. I miss China, I miss my birthfamily. I hope they are all well.

It is going to be a good life.


Johnny said...

Awwww, very nice.

Happy 1 year kiddo.

Beverly said...

Happy forever family day.


Stephanie said...

Happy 1 year!! Goes by quickly, doesn't it?

Jacquie said...

Again, you're killing me. So very sweet.

Juliette said...

Sweet post. I like the idea of the 3 candles.
Good life to you all...and Happy 1 year!

Gracencameronsmomy said...

I cannot belive it's been a year!! I got my back pack and I love it!! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Oh the tears. Happiness to you and your family always.

B-squared said...

What a sweet post! I love the candle idea.
Happy Family Day, Olivia! Lucky, you; lucky them!

nikki said...

Beautiful. Sweet and funny and sentimental too.
Happy one year!

Wendy said...

Happy anniversary! One year already?!