And today, Julia is somehow three years old! What can we say, other than: time flies and it’s been a heck of a year. We wouldn’t change a thing. Today, our family got together for an intimate back-yard birthday party, complete with a homemade, dairy-free birthday cake that the Bee absolutely devoured. We’re blessed.
So that leaves us with this: for those of you who don’t know, we’ve started our second adoption adventure! Yep, within about a year’s time Julia will have a little sister from Uganda. We’re excited about growing our family, and funny enough, through our recent conversations about it, Julia seems to be starting to “get it”. She’s going to be a big sister, and loves repeating “sih sih” when asked. We envision the two girls running around this house together and it gives us chills of joyous anticipation. We can’t wait.
So with our second adoption underway, we bring this first adoption blog to a close. This website was started as a gift to our first child, as a baby book of sorts. And it also served as a way to keep family and friends up to speed on our incredible journey. Since it was intended to be about our adoption adventure and never meant to be a blog about a three-year-old kid – sure, we think she’s special too… but does anyone care to read about what she ate for breakfast this morning? – it felt apropos to wind things up at OurLittleLotus.com.
If we haven’t said it enough times throughout the last two years – thank you, thank you, thank you for reading, supporting, following along, loving, donating, sharing, connecting, and everything else you’ve done as part of our path to become a family of three. We can’t wait to bring you along as we become a family of four.
Before we go, we’d like to share for you, Julia, a list your Mama and I made on the car ride home from Michigan recently. We started talking about all the little things that make you, you. Or “Julia-isms”. We have loved nothing more than to watch you come into your own this last year, morphing from a quiet, timid little lotus into the spirited, rambunctious three-year-old you are today. You’re a lovable, quirky, funny, and fun-loving little being and we adore you with every inch of our souls.
Here it is: an incomplete list of some of our favorite Julia-isms from year one, written in short-hand that only your loving parents would understand. We’ll explain one day.