Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This year Riz and I have so much to be thankful for. We have a great circle of friends, a wonderful family and most of all we finally have our daughter here with us to celebrate the Holidays. Sophia has done so much for us, besides making us first time parents she has added to our life, our family, our marriage. I love watching Riz be a Baba (Daddy) to her. He is a great daddy, not only pitching in to do things around the house, but also in the fact that he loves her beyond measure, we have that in common. I always knew that I would love Sophia to the deepest part of my soul, but I never knew just how deep that would be,I still don't. Each passing day I feel more and more love for this little child. She has enriched me, us both, in ways we never dreamed of. We love being with her seeing her grow, laugh, learn, play,sleep, we love just watching her be...When we are away from her we think about her and wish we were there to see all the little things she does during the day. We never take for grated for one second that Sophia is our daughter that we have been blessed to be her parents. We are so thankful to China for allowing us to adopt one of their children. We are grateful to Sophia's foster family, I know that giving her up must not have been easy for them. Sophia is 19 months old and has been with us a mere 5 months. She had an other life before us, 14 months of an other life. We are thankful to her foster family for loving her and providing for her care and well being during that life. Our daughter is happy, healthy and adjusting very well, that is because of her foster family. I think about how much Sophia's life has changed in 5 months and I wonder what she must think. She is adjusting to her new life with us very well but, at night when her conscious mind is relaxed and she is asleep the anxiety of the change shows the most. We are grateful that things have started to improve in her sleep and that she is finding peace with us as her parents. She now runs to us when we come home, cries when we leave and gives the best kisses any parent could want. We are thankful for that...

So besides all the normal things to be Thankful for this year..

our health
our family
our friends
our jobs
our home
each other

we are most Thankful to God for watching over Sophia until we became a family.


Stephe said...

Why is it that your posts make me bust out in tears.

You are a beautiful writer and I'm just so happy for you all!!


Kevin and Kimberly said...

Great said it all beautifully!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Kim :)

Anonymous said...

Hey Susan,
Where did you find the picture of the Chinese mom and adoptive mom holding her baby? I love it!! I have to post anonymous because my username and password keeps not working here. My blog is I'm also on zhouskids :-)
We just arrived home from China for the Fuling Kids homecoming trip.
love your blog!!

Deb said...

Funny...I was going to say something similar to Stephe!! Sophia is one lucky little girl to have such wonderful, loving parents!! We all have so much to be thankful for :) Love, Tom & Deb

amy said...

hope you had a great day!

Sophia's Mama and Baba said...

Thak you guys.. We had a great Thanksgiving and are looking forward to an equally great Christmas. Terri I don't have your e-mail but I wanted to answer your question about the picture. I Googled "Mother Bridge of Love" and got it. That is a great book with beautiful illustrations about how adopted children have two different kinds of love from two different women. It is really beautiful..a must have if you are an adoptive mom like us...