Sunday, November 30, 2008

One Year Ago TODAY

God's goodness sometimes overwhelms me. Tonight, I sit here and sigh. He is GOOD. One year ago today, we met our son for the first time. We held him in our arms and stood in awe that we finally had him. One year ago today, we were in Liberia. It was a crazy day. A day that changed our lives. I just spent some time re-reading and reliving that day. One of my favorite things about reading the blog from that day is the 40 comments! I LOVED reading all of the sweet comments of our friends, family and blog and adoption family that supported us, loved us and ached to see Davis home. I know that will be precious to Davis one day as well!

I'm so thankful right now that I don't even have words. God has done so much over the last year. A year ago, my son didn't know me. A year ago, he didn't even really like me. A year ago, I didn't know him. . .didn't know his likes, dislikes, the sound of his laughter, the feel of his snuggly hugs. Oh what a difference a year makes.


A year ago, I walked into a room and a little boy looked up at me, wondering who I was. He was uncomfortable and quiet and not so happy.
Today, I walk into a room and that same little boy RUNS into my arms with the biggest smile you could ever see. He clings tightly to me and gently, adoringly places his hand on my cheek while saying "mama".














To celebrate, we had him dedicated to the Lord today! My friend Whitney helped me make an AMAZING slideshow. (that's our tradition at church. You have a slideshow with music and then you come up on stage and our pastor prays for him and you commit yourselves to raising your child to know the Truth). It was so cool! I can't wait for her to come back from vacation and help me turn it into a video so I can post it here! It was a precious day. A ton of our family joined us at church today and most of us headed to lunch afterwards! Here are some pictures from our day. ( I didn't get a ton of pictures and completely missed Granny and Papa, My Parents and our Pastor and his wife!)





14 comments:

Laura said...

I wish we could have been there with you guys. Hugs to our Davis... we love you, little man! Uncle Slim and Aunt Laura

Jman's momma said...

Yeeeaaah!!! 1 amazing year together and so many more to look forward to.

We have our 2 year coming up Dec. 11. Isn't it the strangest thing how it seems like it has been forever - I don't remember life without the boy.

~anne

Johnson said...

Great post! Congrats! Thanks so much for your super sweet post!

Johnson said...

OH yeah and thanks for reading my post. That is a great word, Wistful!!!! The definition I found was "full of wishful yearning." That is sooo it! Thanks friend!

Amy said...

AH! Can't wait to see the video!! i remember when i first got linked to your blog from Erin and I've been reading for 8 months now! Davis has changed SO much. awesome!!

Vanessa said...

HAPPY FIRST FAMILY DAY!!!

Missy said...

oh my goodness. has it really be a year? i remember reading your posts from liberia and just aching for you, knowing how much you wanted him to just accept you as his mommy right away. but, you did the right thing and backed off. my mommy heart just aches thinking of it. what a great way to celebrate!! our 3 year gotcha day is coming up...i cannot believe it.

love you

Jackie Sue said...

So sweet and so amazing...our God and His ways...just love Him!(and your fam of course)

Andrea P said...

Congratulations!

Cassie - Homeschooling Four said...

It really is amazing how much he has changed in a year!

jena said...

Wish I would have been there... but I would have just disturbed the beautiful moment with my blubbering! So is Wheel of Water, I mean Fortune, this week?!?!!?

Christina said...

Happy one year home Davis!! We'll be doing something special too this weekend! What an amazing week we had in Liberia together! It was awesome to be with you and Greg, and of course Donna! What a difference a year makes!
Love ya!
Christina

annNEE said...

Congratulations, brandi - that's awesome!

Erica said...

Amazing. What an awesome way to honor this day. Beautiful.