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Monday, September 19, 2016

5 Years

Seems hard to believe that Lucy has not always been with us but it has been 5 years since that hot day back in China when we all first met. I just wrote the final homestudy and found 8 photos to send to the Chinese government which marks the last part of our adoption agreement. I can't believe that all of the paperwork associated with making Lucy our daughter is finally O.V.E.R. No more reports or home visits or fingerprinting!

Lucy has changed so much and yet, in other ways, not very much at all. She is still, as I mused in this post, quite assertive in making her wishes known. She is no shrinking violet that's for sure! I think the best decision we made about our entire trip was to take Kate with us to meet Lucy in China. It was hard, to be sure, but well worth it in the long run. Lucy looked to Kate immediately as someone who already knew the routine and, most importantly, how to get food and attention.
Kate, for her part, loved having a new playmate and the language barrier seemed a non-issue even though Kate was speaking in full paragraphs by this point.

Lucy is healthier and happier than she was 5 years ago and has become quite the social butterfly. She can remember the name of every kid and dog in the neighborhood and can usually tell me something particular to that person/canine as well. And when they aren't fighting for resources, Kate and Lucy are still the best of friends.

Five years is just a drop in the bucket. I can't wait to see what the next 5 years looks like. Oh wait...they will both be hitting puberty around then....lord help us all.

1 comment:

Elizabeth said...

Congratulations to you all! I can't believe it is five years. I first found your blog not too long before you travelled. You must be so happy and relieved to be free of al the paperwork! Lucy is amazing and you have made an incredible difference in her life. The Chinese should be lined up at your door asking you to adopt more of their children!!!!!! What a day to celebrate! I hope you are doing something special to celebrate.
Hugs,
Elizabeth

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