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Sunday, September 1, 2013

5 years later


For the rest of you this is Labor Day.  
For us it's Forever Family Day. 
5 years ago we landed in Saigon, and only a few hours later we walked into a very hot steamy orphanage.  They served us hot tea and left us alone in a bare room.  And 10 minutes later these two sweeties were carried through the door, and in our lives, and we were changed forever. 

Ya, we missed her birthday by 1 day.  He had less hair than I imagined and bruises all over his legs.  He cried.  Then cried some more.  And eventually fell asleep in between the gasps.  
She was a year old, weighed 15 lbs, and couldn't sit or bare any weight on her legs.  She was transferred to our arms as if we were just another in a long line of caregivers and didn't make eye contact for months.  

For those of you who haven't seen it... here is the video that we watch every year and lots of times in between.  
And we will surely be watching it together several times today.  

Someone pass me the tissues.  
It still gets me every single time.  

Linking up with Stefanie over at Sunday Snapshot!




21 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful video and I love the first song that played, could you tell me the name of it? Also, I have good family friends who are currently in China to meet their fifth child (all adopted in China) and their new little girl's forever family day will also be this Labor Day. :)

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    1. "Dream" by Pricilla Ahn (She is a fave of mine!)

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  2. I definitely needed tissues. A very beautiful story ...

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  3. Nancy, I had no idea you adopted them at the same time. Time, trust and great love. You are blessed!

    10 years ago yesterday was our Grace's forever family day in China.

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    1. Ya, it was a wild ride doing 2 at once! It's still pretty wild!
      Happy FFD to you and Grace and your family too!
      nancy

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  4. What a beautiful video. I really enjoyed watching your family grow through it. Remarkable changes!

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  5. LOVE - I love the then and now.. what a priceless set of pictures.. and of course I love their forever family video.. but I always have. You have a wonderful family!

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  6. I'm still amazed at how you brought them both home together. Supermom! They are so beautiful and so blessed. Thanks for sharing your wonderful video. Happy Forever Family Day to you all!

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  7. Congratulations fot the wonderful 5 years together!!♡♡♡♡♡

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  8. Congratulations fot the wonderful 5 years together!!♡♡♡♡♡

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  9. Absolutely beautiful. You are so blessed. Happy FFD:).

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  10. Beautiful photos to go with beautiful hard memories. Our family day is July 3rd and adoption day the 4th...it makes these 3 day weekends extra special. Enjoy your time with your sweeties!

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  11. Just beautiful! What a treasure for them to look back on (and you too). Thanks for sharing with us.

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  12. Happy Family Day - they are simply among the best memories of our lives!

    And for my part - glad to know you!!

    hugs - many many more -

    aus and co.

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  13. Oh Nancy I can't wait to get home to view the video!!( I can't view it here at work). Happy "FOREVER A FAMILY" DAY to your beautiful, beautiful family!!

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  14. Nancy this truly is a BEAUTIFUL VIDEO!! Loved every minute of it!! What a priceless keepsake for Tess and Jude!

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