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Welcome to my family blog. I have been married to Mike for over half of my life. I love my Savior, Jesus. I am a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to six terrific, interesting children. My 3 oldest were born to me in my younger years, while my 3 youngest were given to me by God in my older years. I am very blessed. ~Cheri

1.28.2011

Twelve Months Ago

Remember when a year felt like an eternity? Well, it sure doesn't anymore. I am not exaggerating when I say that it is so hard to believe that exactly a year ago I was zipping around to the other side of the world, alone, to meet our daughter, Ivy. I remember so clearly leaving the house that dark, cold, January morning as Jordan drove me to the airport at 4:45 am. I had traveled to China three times before, but always with my husband, who did everything. You really learn to pay attention to details when you are all by yourself. I never imagined I could take care of the money exchange, make purchases in yuan in a blink of an eye, take a walk off the island in Guangzhou without a guide, hail a taxi in a city with millions of people, or communicate so effectively with a 7 year old Chinese daughter just by motions and smiles. It was such a wonderful experience, and I wish I could do it all over again. But, I am sure Mike would not want me to leave for another 2 weeks.



So, this is it. Our last post placement report with pictures to send to China. It is sort of sad to be putting it all behind. After all, we started the whole adoption journey back in 2005 before Eva was even born. Here we are 6 years later, 3 more children later. Our house and hearts are full. I never would have imagined that we would parent 6 children. I never would have imagined that there would be a day when I knew that our family was complete. But, that day has come.



Now, it does not mean that my heart is closed to adoption. Actually, my heart is very open to it. I just know that we are at a place of fullness. If God has other plans for us, I know that we would go where He leads. He may have to hit us upside the head a few times to get our attention, but I would follow. But, if that doesn't happen, I will enjoy following along on other blogs to see the beautiful journey of adoption take place, just as many of you have followed along on all 3 of our journeys.

8 kind words:

Stephanie

Congratulations on your first full year home with Ivy. I remember watching your journey unfold and then watching as you advocated for her friend to be adopted as well.
Thank you for your kind words about my disruption post. My heart goes out to you for the heartache you had to go through. I am so thankful to see where God has led your family.
Blessings to you!

Learning Together at Home

Congratulations Cheri! I remember being so awed at your bravery! And then being proud of you (how's that for crazy as we haven't even met?!) for your strength as you navigated those first days with Ivy. Absolutely beautiful photos. She just fits, doesn't she?
Shelley

Wendy in OH

What a beauty! You can come with us on our next journey!!! Bless you all!

Kristi

Congrats on your 1st year home with sweet Ivy (totally digging her hair!!!). Hope Eva is feeling better.

Judi

Congragulations on your first year home! Ivy gets more beautiful in every picture I see!

Mike and Barb

Congratulations!! I have to show Nora these beautiful pictures! I know she'll be excited.
Happy anniversary, and I hope little Miss Eva will feel better soon!
Barb

trina

I LOVE the first picture the most. Her hair is so long and beautiful. Such a little model. :)

trina

PS: you and mike look great,too. :)

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