Okay, so I've decided to join the blogging world after reading & enjoying what my friends have been doing for the last year or so. It's not that I have much to say but rather that I want to save my thoughts for later on. I hope you'll forgive me when I ramble on.
David & I decided to adopt back in the summer of 2000. This was such a miracle for me since in 1996 he had told me that he didn't really want children. Back in college I'd told him that I wanted 4 children, & he told me he only wanted 1 child.
We started our paperwork October 2000 with Great Wall China Adoption & the journey began. After some major ups & downs, our paperwork was sent to China in February 2002. We had a heck of a wait - 14 months! April 1, 2003 is etched in my memory as THE DAY MY LIFE CHANGED FOREVER. We received a referral for the most solemn looking little girl. My friend Wendy told us that she had an old soul in her eyes & she would be very smart. June 2, 2003 was our Gotcha Day. The nanny from the Yangchun SWI placed a very quiet, sad looking baby into my arms, & the tears flowed - both mine & David's. While in China, friends & family emailed us through our yahoo group "Hersh Travel to China." My friend Lyssette put it simply:
E = exotic child
R = received in Guangzhou China
I = instantly loved
N = ???? (I can't believe that I can't remember this. I'll have to update it when I can find it.)
All this & more is true. I actually think that the "N" was equal to nourished a family with love.
We recently celebrated 3 years of being a Forever Family. Yes, there have been ups & downs. I wouldn't trade any of them for 1 thing in this world. We tell Erin every night: "We love you always & forever. No matter what." Then she repeats it & we all say goodnight.