Sunday Snapshot: nine

She’s nine now.


Home from China as an 11 month old, Isabelle has been surrounded by her forever family for all of her nine birthdays.


When this very special day arrives each year, we celebrate even more than her birthday.

We celebrate that, nine years ago, God first laid adoption on our hearts.


First, on Chris’ heart.

Then mine soon followed.


We’ve never, ever been the same.


So grateful – in so many ways – that God brought this child into the world.

And into our lives.

Happy Birthday, precious one.


I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well.
— Psalm 139:14

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  1. Happy 9th Birthday to a very special, beautiful girl!

  2. Happy Birthday! Love the dragon fly shoes!

  3. Amy Pop says:

    What a beautiful birthday girl!

  4. What a beautiful girl, and it looks like she had a fabulous birthday! I really love her party hat. I may need to get one!

  5. Your new birthday place has good light! My fave is the pic of the shoes! Happy birthday to your girl!

  6. Such a colorful day!

  7. Yay on turning nine! :)

  8. Happy Birthday to your sweet Isabelle!

    Gin =)

  9. I am soooo loving that she got Ninjago for her birthday!!!

  10. Happy 9th birthday Isabelle :-) My girl turned 9 yesterday, adopted from China at age 12 months and 11 days old… we just missed her first birthday ! But we have celebrated 9 birthdays even though she wasn´t with us her first birthday…..she was with us in our hearts :-) Birthday photos of her in my blog !


  11. Happy Birthday, Isabellle!

  12. Happy Birthday Isabelle – 9 is going to be a great year!

    Mom- pls. share one of those early pics of Isabelle – can’t remember herback that far – love to compare.

  13. Happy Birthday beautiful girl! Bleasings

  14. I like the butterfly sandals. They will go nicely with her new dress!

  15. congrats to your wonderful little girl

  16. Jessemyn says:

    Hi! Love the post, but also….can you share the paint color on your wall? I’ve currently got six splotches of WRONG on my wall trying to get the right green….lo and behold I look at your pix and there it is! 8)

    • NiHaoYall says:

      I love this green too – it’s even prettier in person. It’s called Seaweed Wrap by Valspar. Let me know how your room turns out!

  17. Happy Birthday, baby girl!

  18. Campbell says:

    Happy Birthday darling girl!! I hope your 9th year is filled with blessings and as many joyful moments that your heart can hold!! God bless you!!!

  19. Such a sweet story you live everyday! Happy Birthday to Isabelle!

  20. awwww, she is so sweet!

    Happy birthday precious Isabelle!

  21. Happy Birthday, sweet Isabelle! So my youngest China cutie isn’t the only girl who likes Ninjago, huh?

  22. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

    Lula looks like she’s eying those pretty new shoes! Love all the personalities in your tribe!

  23. The joy in her eyes is amazing :)

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