Thursday, June 25, 2009

Friends for life

During the 29 month wait for Sophia I was very lucky to bond with an amazing group of women. We met on the Jan2006yahoo group early on in the wait and forged a friendship that none of us ever expected. We come from different backgrounds, different walks of life and different areas of the country, but our common bond was the adoption. During the wait we met on several occasions to support each other. The bond we share has only grown deeper with the addition of our children. Our support for each other has moved on from supporting each other through the long unexpected wait to supporting each other through the adjustment of becoming a family. We all talk on a regular basis so meeting for a reunion was only natural. We have all been home now for some months. Riz and I being the longest at one year now and the Smith's being home just a few short months. We started planning this get together months ago and out of 14 families 10 were able to make the weekend in Amelia Island Florida. The weekend was more wonderful then we thought it was going to be. We spent time together at the beach, eating out, shopping in Amelia Island and "Hall Way cocktail parties" but I know I speak for the others when I say the best part was seeing all the girls play together. Each girl has their own individual personality and all are beautiful. We shared stories of our trips to China and of our parenting since becoming moms to these sweet girls. The weekend was over to quick but we ended with the promise that we would start planning the next reunion soon and for a much cooler place next year we are thinking New Hampshire. Erik and Kathy Crisman live there and offered to host next years event. Here are a few pictures from the most amazing weekend......We also celebrated our one year Family Anniversary while we were at the beach......

Friday's BBQ Me and my friend Karen
She had the best ride all weekend
My Friend Stephe and I at dinner Sat. night
My good friends Kathy and Stephe
The girls from
left to right top row Emma,Sophia,Qiao,Hannah
left to right bottom Mary Alice,Giorgia, Kaelie,Meili,Lily and Lexi
I may be partial but they are all so beautiful.
(Mom to Emma, Kathy made each of the girls a "Pillow Case" dress. Thanks Kathy)
Sophia wanting to take MORE pictures
Sophia trying to plant a kiss on GiorgiaMy beauty
A family pictureThe girls in their matching Green Lady Bug dresses (Thanks Stephe)
Sophia with her first Family Day anniversary gift. Two jade bracelets we bought for her while we were in China.Mommy and daughter on our first Family Day AnniversarySophia's buddies Kate (Key) and Claire (Care)
Family Portrait on Family Day
The Love of a Family....


amy said...

Oh yall didnt have fun at all did you? IM jealous of your time together and your pics..WE have been home 3 months and hope to do the same thing with our travel group

Mike and Cheryl said...

Hi Sophias' Mom,
I LOVE the picture of all the girls on the beach!! Its' beautiful (that one needs to be framed for sure).
We're still anxiously awaiting our referral (should have been here last week ~ LONG story!!!)