Worth Every Moment of the Wait

August 16, 2013

Whale Collage 3
"Life is not measure by the number of breaths we take, but by the number of moments that take our breath away"

The first photo of Reagan
Today is our 3 year referral anniversary. It was the day we first saw this beautiful face!
In some ways it feels like it was so long ago, but in others, it feels like yesterday. I remember that day so vividly.
We knew we were getting the call as news had arrived from our friends in Europe very early that morning.
We had been waiting over 4 years for this day and we were more than ready to see our daughter.
When we opened our email to see the precious face of Chen Wen Yi, it was truly love at first sight.
All of the pain and frustration that we endured during the wait instantly washed away and was replaced by pure joy.

Over the last 3 years, our baby girl has done a lot of growing up.
The "baby' in her has noticeably disappeared, but glimpses of those early days still remain.
Like the furrowed brow and her beloved two fingers:)

I never get tired of sharing her story....
I found myself in a situation the other day where someone asked me about her adoption.
As I stood there talking, I could feel myself reliving every single moment.
We are blessed beyond measure by this little girl and we can't imagine life without her.
She is the perfect mix of Sugar and Spice and everything Nice:)

We will celebrate this special day and then bright and early tomorrow morning we are heading to the beach!
The excitement level is through the roof!!
I will try to post while we are away, but I will definitely be documenting our trip on Instagram,
so you might want to follow along there for the daily does of Cape Cod fun.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Referral Day to all of our friends that share this anniversary with us!


amy said...

Happy Referral Day!!! I have said this before but I never tire of seeing your beautiful photos of your girls, especially on a memorable day like this one. Your heart must have wanted to explode after waiting so long for this day! Love the dreamy bokeh, her adorable dress, and your beautiful daughter! She looks so grown up in these:) Enjoy your special day celebrating the gift she is to your family and have a fabulous beach week!!
xoxo amy

Unknown said...

Happy Anniversary!! What a wonderful day that must have been! Seeing that sweet little face for the very first time must have been so joyful! She is growing into such a beautiful young girl. thank you for sharing your journey with all of us! enjoy your trip to the beach with your lovely family ... its the best place on earth!!! :)

What Marty Sees said...

Congratulations! We have friends who are walking through the process of adoption and I am amazed at the journey. The pictures of your sweet little one are just beautiful!

Tiffany said...

Congrats on the anniversary of your special day...have a great trip:)


Unknown said...

Happy Referral Day. I can't believe how much she is growing up. you have such a beautiful family.

Karli @ The Bonnie 5 said...

Lisa these are beautiful! The top right one with her looking at the camera - wow! Her eye contact is so powerful. Probably one of my favorites ever of her. She looks so strong!! Have a wonderful trip to the beach. :-)

Amy said...

Gosh, she is so adorable and your pictures are always so great! Have a great weekend and a great trip to the beach!

tiarastantrums said...

gorgeous little! Enjoy your vaca

Gina Kleinworth said...

Oh what a happy day Lisa!!!! It's been such a pleasure watching her grow & turn into such a beautiful young lady. Celebrations!!!!! I'm so happy for you.

Unknown said...

So precious and what special day!

likeschocolate said...

Congratululations! I have loved following your journey all these years. She is darling! Have fun at the beach!

Heather{Our Life In a Click} said...

It's been so nice to share the experience with you--even if it's only on line!! Enjoy the Cape and your vacation ...I will be living vicariously through you on Instagram!

Debbie said...

Hi lisa, I remember that day too!!!

She is just beautiful and its plain to see how much she loves being yours and you hers :)

Have a great time on holiday and Im looking forward to reading about it soon.

Debbie, Scotland

Unknown said...

What a beautiful post to a beautiful girl! Enjoy your day with your family and wishing you a great vacation!

Mimi said...

Congrats Lisa, and family!
What a happy day that was; I remember it very well cos I was following your story back then. Seeing the picture of her is a sweet reminder of a little miracle, and such a strong survivor! Like her Mama!
Reagan is growing up, for sure, but it's so sweet to see the 2 little fingers!

Courtney said...

Happy Referral Day. She is such a precious addition to your family. Have a great time at the beach. Summer is over for me, I head back to school on Monday.

Jodee said...

Happy referral day! Reagan was the perfect addition to your family. Cute pictures!

DiJo said...

LOVE everything about this post!!!! I remember the day!!! She is LOVELY in everyway! Such sweet pics of your baby girl!!!

Happy Referral!!!!


Dita said...

Beautiful Beautiful BEAUTIFUL! I remember that day always!
I cannot believe how grown up (and stunning) Reags looks in these images. Exquisite! xoxoxo

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Anonymous said...

Is there a way to read your adoption story of Reagan from beginning to end? My hubs and I are considering it and are just looking to devour any family blogs to get a real idea of what to expect! Yours is the best so far just because of the photos, makes it far more interesting to read!