Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Time flies when you're having a family

How do you go from this?

To this?

To this in one short year?

Yesterday, July 26th, we celebrated our one year anniversary of meeting Quinn. In the adoption circles, this is known as Gotcha Day.

How do you go from this scared little boy who only wanted to be held by daddy the first 36 hours we knew him?

To this?

And how do you ever get to this? (Or maybe the better question is WHY ever get to this? :)

Then there were these shoes waiting to be filled in China.

Now there are converse shoes filled with 2 little pudgy Fred Flinstone feet. And silly bands to boot. (Quinn's trying to set a new trend by wearing HIS on his ankle. Silly boy.)

He's gone from this.

To this. And I quite like it.

We celebrated being a complete family with food from the nearby Chinese Buffet (gross but good when you have kids) and cupcakes.

We also watched the video of us meeting Quinn. It didn't go quite as expected. He seemed to get a bit upset while he watched (tears actually welled up in his eyes as he saw the images of a crying little Quinn) and threw a tantrum when we went to shut it off. He yelled, "I want to see the rest of it. Don't turn it off." So, maybe we'll hold back on that one until he's a little older. I had no idea!

All in all, it was a great day to celebrate the year that it has been.

The only damper was thinking of my mom and wishing she could have been here for this day. She loved and celebrated our adoption nearly as much as Steve and I did. And although I know she didn't miss out on a thing yesterday as she bopped around heaven, I missed having her gush about the day.

So this post is dedicated to the memory of Bebe, who loved and adored and prayed for her little Quinn A LOT. We even asked Jesus to give her an extra hug yesterday in celebration of US being HIS adopted sons and daughters. I'm not sure of a better way to round out our first anniversary of Gotcha Day.


Cortney @ evanhaslanded.com said...

oh my word! Quinn looks like such a big boy in those pics and we just saw him 2 days ago!!
Happy Gotcha Day!

cindy said...

...brought tears to my eyes to read your blog
Love y'all

jenny from mommin' it up said...

I love the Quinnster!! So glad he is a part of your family and ours. I'll never forget that big ol' kiss on the lips he gave me on his birthday!

KTC said...

So amazing! What a transformation... in him, and in your family. He is SO adorable!!! He's changed a lot!! Love the longer hair with bangs. (do boys have "bangs?") Anyway, great job celebrating the day, and great job parenting your "complete" family!! Love you, friend!!!!