Meeting Peanut for the first time two years ago in Korea.
Celebrating her third birthday with friends and family.
Today’s is the official second anniversary of Peanut coming home. It has been a long and difficult journey to today.
At one of my darkest hour, I reached out to a fellow mom who adopted who also had a difficult transition. She told me it would feel like forever and seemingly impossible, but I would get here. It took them two years to get to this point of absolute no regrets whatsoever and I’m happy to state we are there. She has weaved herself into the very fabric of our family and I can no longer imagine our life without her.
Thank you to the first mom for giving life to Peanut, to the second mom who raised her for the first years with so much love while always knowing she had another forever home, to God, family and friends who have supported us all along the way and to Peanut for loving us as much as we love her. Amen.
This photo was taken almost a week after we came home, but I always think of this photo as the “homecoming” photo. D and Peanut were walking Soso to school, an ordinary, life-as-usual activity.
I have yet to post the 2nd birthday letter to Peanut. Or the 8th birthday letter for Soso for that matter and her birthday was in March. But, I have to post about today because in many ways, this is THE milestone I’ve been waiting for seemingly an eternity. The milestone, that at times (many, many time) I thought and we would never reach.
I can’t believe we’re a year home, a year of this family of four, a year of this crazy hectic life of ours. A year of little, tiny, microscopic steps forwards where now I can finally see the big progress. Thank God. Seriously. We have progress! As whiny and annoying as Peanut can be, how much we love her. How much she makes us laugh as we shake our heads at the same time. How much she fills us with the subtle joy that comes with hard work. Progress in deed. Happy, happiest anniversary of them all, one year home with Peanut.
She came into our lives a little less than a year ago. Within days, she turn us upside down, inside out and shook us until we broke apart. Then she built us back up, but now with herself firmly embedded into our very being. There’s no turning back now!
The finalization process where she became officially ours took minutes. The process of making this family of four took over a decade!
Inside the court. We took a photo with the judge, but it didn’t come out right.
Outside the court.
Poor thing was all tuckered out because she had missed her normal nap time.