Saturday, September 12, 2009

One Year Ago, Yesterday

China, here we come!

This time last year Mark and I were embarking on the greatest adventure of our married life... our journey to China to adopt Anna Kathryn.  We left our home on September 11 and arrived in Beijing on September 12, weary from travel, somewhat nervous about what lay ahead, but so excited to at last set foot in our daughter's homeland.   We were mindful of the sad anniversary of the attacks on America but not particularly anxious about flying on that date.  After 2 1/2 years of the tedious adoption process, and several additional years of trying to build our family, we didn't care when we left for China as long as it was sooner rather later!  We were SO ready to meet our girl! 

This year I find myself thinking daily of "what-we-were-doing-this-time-last-year" and I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I'd LOVE to make the trip again.  During all the years of waiting not only did I anticipate the joy of finally being a mom, and holding Anna Kathryn at last, but I really couldn't wait for The Trip itself.  I love to travel and getting to explore another country is so much fun.  Although the trip certainly had its stresses-- becoming a new mom in a foreign country is not for wimps!-- it was an amazing way to learn about China firsthand. 

 I feel so lucky to have had the chance to experience some of AK's birthplace and heritage, and to gain a greater appreciation of her homeland, during those few short weeks.  We are already praying that we will have the opportunity to return with AK someday so she can experience China for herself.  

I still sometimes have to give AK an extra squeeze, just to reassure myself that she's here with us at last.  The days of tears and barrenness are past.  The uncertainty of  The Wait is now a dim memory.   The past year has truly flown by-- can't think of a better (if hackneyed) way to put it. Being AK's mom is the joy of my life and raising her is a blessing and privilege I do not take for granted.   

September 13, 2008
Touring Beijing and the Great Wall was amazing (there is no other word to use, seriously) , but the best part of the trip was still ahead...

Isaiah 43:5
5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you; 
       I will bring your children from the east 
       and gather you from the west.


a Tonggu Momma said...

Happy one year together!

The Gang's Momma said...

All these 1 year posts are so fun! Have you found yourself pinching yourself and tearing up a lot this week?! I sure have :) Happy Gotcha!!!