It's Fun To Be One!

November 29, 2010

Reagan Pink tutu eating pearls BLOG
It's hard to believe that we met our sweet girl for the first time just a few weeks ago.

Eating pearls two BLOG
It feels as though she has been with us forever.

From Above Eating Pearls BLOG
We have seen so many changes in her in such a short time.

One foot up tutu BLOG
Her personality is emerging more and more each day.

Smiling with my pearls BLOG
She flashes us that beautiful smile that I longed to see those first days in China

Bestill my heart BLOG
and it melts my heart each and every time!

Belly Laugh BLOG
Her adorable little belly laugh is so cute it's contageous.

Reaching for the Cake BLOG
She loves to explore and try new things.

I can't believe she let me have the whole thing BLOG
Each day is an adventure for this little girl.

Icing in her lap BLOG
I imagine it will be that way for a while as she has many "Firsts" to experience in these upcoming months.

A fist full of icing BLOG
Every time I look at her cute little hands, I think of that faithful night in China when she reached through the crib and grabbed my finger for the first time. It was a big moment for both of us and a turning point I will never forget.

Even though she doesn't always hold onto to my finger, I see her holding onto her new life and grasping it with all of her might.

We couldn't be more proud of this little girl for all she has endured and overcome in her short little life. She has transitioned so well and is really beginning to form bonds with all of us. Words cannot describe the love we have for her. She is such a special little girl that fits perfectly into our family and brings us so much joy.

We are so happy that she was home in time to celebrate her first birthday with us and something tells me that she is too! She is having an awful lot of fun being one!

I think cake may have just knocked pasta out of first place as her new favorite food:)

Happy First Birthday Reagan Elizabeth WenYi!

~We love you always and forever~


Love Letters To China said...

Oh Lisa you've out done yourself with these photos! Reagan looks absolutely adorable! My favorite is the last one with cake smeared all over her face and hands along with that sweet smile. She truly is a blessing from up above.

Happy Birthday Reagan!!!


Traci said...

Happy birthday to Reagan! These are fantastic birthday portraits - what a smile! You all were meant for each other.

Anonymous said...

I had to comment the last photo made be laught! They're all great photos but I love the last one.

Jo said...

Not only can you have your cake and eat it too but look absolutely adorable in the process.

These are fabulous! Love the last one ~ don't we all wish we could enjoy such simple delights :)


Jo said...

Not only can you have your cake and eat it too but look absolutely adorable in the process.

These are fabulous! Love the last one ~ don't we all wish we could enjoy such simple delights :)


Jodee said...

Oh my word! Could these pictures be any cuter?! It looks like Reagan's first b-day was absolutely smashing! She was the perfect addition to your family. You are soooo blessed!

jade said...

Absolutely adorable! Happy B-day to both girls (I didn't have time to comment on Sarah's yet) and beautiful many more years together to all of you!
(ps most beautiful 1st and 4th b-day pictures I've ever seen!)

Unknown said...

Wow! How special inn deed to have made home just in time to celebrate her very first birthday! It has been a true joy to follow your story with Reagan! It really is fairytale story with the " . . . and they were happily ever after" ending! So perfect! May God grant you many, MANY more years of happiness as family! And of course the pictures are AMAZING!! Love them ALL!

Unknown said...

Lisa these are such amazing shots! Love them! Oh how good is our God to build the bonds of love so quickly! To heal a heart and mind only the way He can. To shine His peace and joy deep within her.

I'm thrilled for you and your family!

Much love in Christ alone!

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

Isn't it the most surreal feeling to FINALLY have our girls home... I still look at Shauna and have to pinch myself and yet she is like she has been with us forever - each day something new comes along, says something new and is really, really blossoming... all your kids are so gorgeous... and so glad to see Reagan coming out of her shell... hugs to Miss Reagan... happy birthday...

Stefanie said...

Oh goodness.... what FUN! Love these pictures, Lisa, what a treasure to have your sweet girl home on her first birthday :)
It's wonderful to hear how well she is doing, what a blessing!!
Happy Birthday, beautiful Reagan!

Steffie B. said...

Darling......she is beyond glad she is doing so well....Happy belated Birthday sweet girl! ;)

carolinagirl said...

I am so happy that Miss Reagan is home to celebrate her first birthday with her family! So much to be thankful for this year!

The Byrd's Nest said...

I LOVE the last picture.....she looks so incredibly content and happy:) What a wonderful Christmas this will be in your home this year Lisa:)

Charmaine Poulin said...

Those are AMAZING photos!!!!! What beautiful captures you'll have of the start of your lives together!

Anonymous said...

Such great photos! Such an amazing girl!

You have such a beautiful family :)

Anonymous said...

Happy BIrthday sweet Reagan! You have a smile than melts all hearts!!!!

Everything Beautiful Shay said...

One it a huge number! One year old! One big happy family!! One happy mama!!! One is wonderful with so much to follow~ infinity. :)
blessings and happy birthday to sweet Reagan!!!

Donna said...

What a fun way to start my week! This set of photos is just adorable! Love those cute little toes and that big happy smile! I bet she gets squeezed and kissed a thousand times per day!

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Patricia said...

Great photos! BEAUTIFUL girl!! Blessed family!

Happy 1st birthday, Reagan!

Dita said...

These pictures bring tears of joy ot my eyes! Words cannot express how truly thrilled i am that Reagan is home and your family is complete!

Awesome shots!


Kayce said...

Adorable!!!! Each picture tells a story! Enjoy all the firsts that come along in these months ahead....they are truly blessed ones!!

Marla said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE these shots of that sweet baby girl. I can't believe her birthday has already come and gone, time is just flying. Happy Birthday, Reagan, I can't wait to see you grow and blossom throughout this coming year, I can see you changing already. Big hugs from Auntie Marla.

Jboo said...

So sweet! What an incredible baby girl! Happy First Birthday little Sweetie! And I always say -- eat cake first!!


Dawn said...

Lisa she is absolutely darling, and looks so happy and healthy!
Wonderful photos...happy birthday to Reagan!

Unknown said...

Love it! What an adorable bunch of photos! I just love Reagan's smile...I can see what her grin melts your heart! So many blessings you all have to celebrate this Christmas season. Enjoy!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy Birthday Regan! She looks so healthy and happy! What a wonderful Christmas this will be for y'all.

Gail said...

Happy Birthday Reagan!!! What a pretty girl.

Fabulous pics as always, Lisa! LOVE them all, but especially the last one. :)

Your family's going to have a fun Christmas!


Colleen said...

Oh Lisa, these are the best One Year Old photos!!! Look how much fun she is having with that cake! Life is great!!!!

Leah Maya Benjamin said...

those are the most fabulous pictures! Happy Birthday!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

What a heart melt...

Happy Birthday sweet Regan!

Debbie said...

I love these photos, Lisa. Pink is definetly Reagans colour! And how long is her hair now? Wow! Gracie is one on Friday and I cant wait! But truth be told, Im a little emotional about it a good way of course. Would love to know sometime how you picked Reagans name, when you have the time! Thanks for email...will try this week. Dx

The 5 Bickies said...

Oh my....I just love this series of photos. You are so clever and she is just too cute! Looks like an awful lot of fun!

Unknown said...

She is precious. Absolutely perfect. So glad you get to be her Mommy!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet Regan! Greetings from Germany.

M3 said...

Oh those photos are absolutely beautiful!

Happy first birthday Reagan!

Rebekah said...

Happy Birthday Reagan! What precious pictures of the birthday girl. Such a blessing to have her home with you to celebrate her first birthday.
Enjoy the holidays!!!

3 Peanuts said...

Happy Birthday to little Miss Reagan. She looks simply adorable. She has the joy of feeling loved all over her face in these shots.

I LOVE her necklace and want one for me:)

Mimi said...

Happy First Birthday Reagan!
She is a gift, she brings joy to all who meet her, including those of us who have met her in blogland.
Lisa, it's no surprise that Reagan is grasping onto her new life, and embracing it thoroughly. She has come into a wonderful family, her family who waited such a long time for her. I think that's why it feels so right, because it IS right.
I can't believe you left her mush all the cake and clicked away while she did it!!! It made for some amazing photos!

Michelle R Photography said...

Oh my goodness - HOW ADORABLE!!! Happy Birthday, Reagan!! You are precious!

frogglet said...

I can not believe the change in this little one, she is so precious. Who can blame her for replacing pasta with cake :)

Robin said...

I love, love, love these pictures Lisa! Her smile is just contagious & totally melts my heart! She looks like she is just full of life! I am SO happy for you!!

xoxo Robin

Lori Lynn said...

What a wonderful treasure to record her first birthday with such beauty and talent! The pictures are amazing and she is a lovely girl.

How lucky you all are! I wish you a wonderful life together.


Sharon said...

These pictures could not be any more perfect! Happy Birthday Reagan !

Robin said...

Happy Birthday to that sweet girl! Love those pictures, isn't it amazing how God sends us that perfect child for our family!


Bailey said...

Oh my goodness, those photos are gorgeous. Happy birthday little one!!!

Number 6 and no more counting! said...

Happy Birthday Reagan.

Lisa, she is adorable.


Missy said...

Happy Birthday to Empress Reagan!!! These pics are soooo cute! I love that she is so happy and having so much fun in her first year portraits! It is very obvious she is feeling at home and is so happy. Melts my heart!!! That last pic needs to be on a HUGE canvas in your home! Sweet baby girl! xoxo

Special K said...

With such a talented photographer and such a beautiful little subject do you ever decide on which pics to use?!? They're ALL so PERFECT!!!

Although my particular fave has to be the last. I think I have the same look on my face when I eat cake, too. Pure joy! LOL!

Happy Birthday Reagan!

Wanda said...

After I stopped bedazzeling over the sheer beauty of these images - I couldn't stop laughing at the sheer joy of watching sweet baby girl Reagan diving into that cake, schmearing it all over and knowing you were behind the lens just lapping it up Lisa!!!! Oh....what a beautiful sight!

And what a blessing for you to be there to enjoy her first birthday. She has transitioned so amazingly well - it really brings me back to a year ago for us.

These images are beyond precious!!! I know how they will bring you such joy in the many years to come!

Much love to you all!

Aleasing said...

Reading about your journey to find this beautiful baby girl has really touch my heart. When I saw these wonderful and heartwarming pictures of Reagan's 1st Birthday, I remember your post as you and Marla walked thru the streets of Chenzhou. What would her life had been like if.....
She is very blessed to have found your family and being able to look forward to many bithdays to come^_^

Lori said...

Oh how precious....she is such a bundle of joy and I am so happy for your family!!
Happy Birthday to both of your baby girls!!!

Shari said...

My goodness. What a special day. I think my favorite part of following your trip has been all the firsts I had with Amelia...6 years ago. It goes oh so fast.
That last one MUST be framed and put in her room (although I know that's challenging).

Happy Birthday Reagan and Big Sister Sarah!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

What adorable photos of your precious one-year old!!! I'm so glad you got to experience another first with her and here's to many more firsts spent as a family.

Unknown said...

Wow, the last photo is the best! You really captured everything in that 1 photo.

Looks like a fun, icing filled day : )

Casey said...

THESE ARE ADORABLE!!!! What a fantastic idea. Love all of them.

Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!!

Sophie said...

Happy birthday to precious girl!

These pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

DiJo said...

You captured her perfectly Lisa!!! I LOVE the naked Tutu Reagan with her Mommy's jewels on. And really, what is better than being topless and eating your birthday cake!?

So darn sweet, I could eat her up!

You are making beautiful memories for Reagan!

Happy Birthday!


Mia_h_n said...

What amazing pictures, Lisa! I love the last one. Such joy and contentment. Love it.

Happy birthday, Reagan. Looks like you had a good one :)

Diana said...

These pictures are wonderful!!! I love the last one with her head back and cake all over her:) You are a amazing photographer (and MOM:)
Happy Birthday to both of your sweet girls!!!

Heather said...

LOVE< LOVE< LOVE these photos and who could not love that sweet Miss Reagan??? Thankful, so very thankful that she is home and loving and being loved on!! Can't wait to meet your precious girls!! Happy Birthday Reagan!!!


Liene said...

Beautiful, beautiful photos! The last one is definitely my favorite. It needs to be framed and hung on a wall. It's definitely a photo I could stand and stare at all day.

Buckeroomama said...

Oh, it just makes me all smiley looking at how happy she is in these photos!

What a blessing that you are in each other's lives. :)

Anonymous said...

These are great photos! Happy Birthday Reagan.

Sandra Burns said...

Beautiful! Our first little China doll just turned 7 on the 25th, and Reagan reminds me of her so much!

Last shot is adorable!

carolinagirl79 said...

It goes by so fast. How I wish I had the camera I have now...then. These are adorable pictures!!!

And tonight my 7th grader played her violin in the middle school Christmas concert.

And is taking the SAT in January.


Brittany said...

WOW! These are beautiful - she is breath taking:)

I am a new follower and I'm in awe of your journey to sweet Regan. I have a heart for adoption, and we are currently praying for direction for our third baby.....I have a feeling she will be from either Korea or China. I'm excited!

My little boy is turning one this week and I would love to do a photo shoot like this! What kind of board is behind her? And what is she sitting on? These two pieces of information would help me out a lot!!

Email me:

I would appreciate it! Thanks so much!! :)