Sunday, August 30, 2009

Thank Heaven For Little Girls

I can't believe it's August 30th already. Where did the summer go? (Especially up here in Michigan - when we haven't really even started the summer weather!!!)

The end of August has a couple other special meanings to me now as well. Two years ago yesterday one of my favorite Aunt's passed away. Coming from a big family, I have a LOT of favorite Aunts. And to each of them I have a special connection. My Aunt Barb G (I have two Aunt Barbs as it happens!) was no exception. When I was almost two my parents bought, gutted and remodeled their first house, I stayed with Aunt Barb for a couple weeks. This tradition was started young and repeated on future Spring Breaks and summers. Aunt Barb had no daughters and was very active in my (and Jenni's!) life.
1 year ago yesterday on Aunt Barb's 1st anniversary - two very important things happened. First I was registered in Vladivostok and was open to receive a referral. 2nd was I received my BCIS approval (also known as the i-171h). Both on the SAME day. The 1 year anniversary of my Aunt's death. Do I think it was coincidence? Nope. Do I think fate played a hand in all this - that's for sure! For those of you who believe -- I like to think of it as her way of thinking about me on a day I was thinking about her.
Yesterday was also our 5 month home marker. Seriously, where does time go? I feel like she's been a part of my life forever and yet there are still SO many things for her to experience. Some in our near future include: a football game (rite of fall passage!), her 3rd Birthday and 1st party, Halloween, Thanksgiving and of course, Christmas. She has no idea what fun lies ahead!
I am so thankful for what the past year has brought to me. It is indescribable to view a world you have started to take for granted through the eyes of a young child. She makes me laugh everyday - and even when I am not laughing, I realize what a treasure and a gift this little girl is and what she has brought to my humdrum boring life before!

13 comments:

Heather said...

T is a treasure. What a great celebration of your Aunt's life! And you are right, you will never ever get to say that you are bored or that your life is humdrim again.

Enjoy the changing of the seasons!
~Heather

Barb said...

Very touching post! So happy you and T found each other, and that the connection with your Aunt makes everything so much sweeter!

Jeanette said...

You made me cry....
Such a touching post :)

Nancy said...

It will be a great fall for you!

Over-Caffeinated X 4 said...

What a beautiful photo and a touching post. I am so happy for you and little T.

findingourdaughter said...

Love the Tutu!!
Life is so different when you watch it through a child.....it helps remind you of amazing things in our world we don't think of anymore as adults.
You and little T are so blessed to have each other! And I've been blessed to see you become a Mom. Thank you for sharing your journey with me!
Lots of hugs and love....Ansheen (lol)

Kristine said...

What a beautiful post and a beautiful little girl...yes, they are wonderful!

Roger and Joanne said...

Beautifully written!

What a treasure you both have found in each other. Yes, still so many first still lie ahead. Like that first boyfriend...oh my! Time will fly....

Anonymous said...

Time does fly! This will be such a fun holiday season!! Enjoy!
-Suz

Kim said...

Amy, I can't believe it has been 5 months already! You are right, where DOES the time go! I love this time of year, so much to look forward too! I hope you aren't going to take her to a Michigan State game and corrupt the poor little girl! LOL! :)

Troy and Rachel said...

Okay I totally cried too! I know you're looking so forward to all T's firsts this year!!

Clarese said...

What a great post. Thank you for sharing those thoughts. I love the picture, too :)

Angela Knight said...

That's awesome about your passport getting done so quickly! You are right - I will soon be a pro at that Moscow flight! Not fun - that's for sure!! ;)