Today marks two years since I met Miss Sophie Lulu in the Civil Affairs office in Nanning. What a day that was. She was so reserved, so afraid. Two black eyes from a playground ‘incident’ at her orphanage that included her and another little girl.
She had been obviously very well loved by her nanny (whom Sophie referred to as ‘mama’) and was on target in every way, a huge departure from Isabelle’s condition on ‘gotcha’ day. I was so nervous, just me and my guide standing there, waiting for her to arrive. Then the distinct sound of squeaky shoes approaching made me catch my breath. She walked into the room and my whole being went all soft and gooey-like. She took my breath away. My eyes filled with tears which I quickly wiped away so as not to frighten her. She bravely took the lollipop and Hello Kitty doll I offered her and we went on, onto the business of becoming a family.
Thank You, Lord, for the blessing of Sophie Lulu. She still takes my breath away.
**Sophie’s site was updated today, our final update on that site!**
What amazing memories, I can’t believe it’s been 2 years already. I’ll never forget those first pics from China with her poor black eyes. Amazing her transformation, her growth, her capacity to love :O)
Such a beautiful child! Now her eyes sparkle!
Oh I love Sophie day!! I remember being blessed as you were allowing us all to follow along in this journey of faith and LOVe! She is amazing as you are! She resembles so much of what I can see from you, I know I am just a blogger but I really see that!!!
Your spirit AMAZES me! You are more than just a blogger to me!!
Love your spirit!!!!
Peter, Brooke & Olivia says
Happy Gotcha Day!! We are celebrating our two years with Olivia today as well.
She is beautiful. I think it’s fairly obvious she is still being very well loved, mama 😉
Happy Anniversary Day!
Kate & Crew says
I remember reading your blog during your journey to Sophie and getting so excited knowing a month later I would be headed to China for Brynn. Sophie is precious and has a special place in my heart. Enjoy Sophie Day!
So beautiful! All of your babies are.. of course!! ;0)
Something about Sophie.. reminds me of Faith.
* you know we’ve got to get these kids together.. are you moving.. away?
Congratulations on 2 years with your beautiful daughter!
One Happy Momma says
Happy Gotcha Day!
We celebrated 1 yr with our daughter Camie as well!
I loved that you called it “Sophie Day.”
Congratulations on celebrating 2 years together! Little Sophie is just beautiful.
Our daughter is from Nanning too!
Sophie was blessed beyond measure two years ago. YOU were blessed beyond measure. She just shines!!
Happy Sophie Day!!
Happy Sophie Day! It must be so wonderful looking back on the day that impacted both your lives, in such a positive way. As always, great pictures, and thanks for sharing your blessing(s) with the rest of us.
Happy Forever Family Day!
Enjoyed reading about your walk down memory lane, Sophie is beautiful!
Happy Sophie Day!! Her sweet dimpled smile always, always puts a smile on a my face. I, too, remember your trip to her and those poor eyes of hers. Just made me hurt looking at them. Now, look at that precious jewel the Lord has given you….WOW! How blessed we are to be given such gifts from the Lord. Can’t wait to get to Nanning myself!! 🙂 HUGS!! ~Anita
Just want to kiss her sweet little face!
Sophie is just beautiful… May the Lord bless you Sophie in the years to come.
Global Girl says
Tried to leave a comment but was then asked for a password… Any tips?
Huh… I am not sure what the password it! I’ll ask Joe and Jen and get back to you, thanks for letting me know!
She is so beautiful!
Wow! She is breathtaking, what a sweet, beautiful girl! I love sharing your memories…I could feel every moment!
Happy Sophie Day!! Hard to believe it’s been 2 years already!! Sophie’s beautiful, loving spirit shines through every photo!! She is a blessing to all of you as you all are to her! She is pure sunshine!
What a beautiful photo series!
Wishing you a beautiful mother’s day weekend full of love and so many blessings. OX
Joe and Jane says
Congrats on the special day! She is such a blessing!
She is beautiful! What an amazing gift she is to your family! 🙂
Wow, 2 yrs! already, hard to believe. I remember following your trip.
Happy Mother’s Day!
She just radiates love…
Happy Sophie Day!
I remembered weeping with you when I followed your journey to Sophie!!! I had no idea we shared an anniversary! What a blessing she is! Happy Mother’s Day Stefanie!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Chris & Deb says
Happy Sophie day! I remember following along on your journey on myadoptionwebsite.com 2 years ago. She was adorable then and has blossomed even more over the past 2 years. One can tell that she is thriving! You are all so blessed to have each other!
Chris & Deb says
Happy Mother’s Day too Stefanie!
Happy Sophie Day! has it really been 2 years? I remember the day that you met Sophie & your whole China trip, I devoured!! It doesn’t seem possible that Sophie has been home for 2 years!! She was & is a precious gift for your family!!
A wish from the heart, a whole lotta love and hugz
HAPPY Mother’s Day !
For some reason I could not find your home e-mail address so I thought this would be the next best way to contact you. I wanted to thank you for the basket of goodies. It was completely unnecessay but very much appreciated. I also wanted to send a BIG “Happy Mother’ Day” to the most amazing mum I know. You are so giving & selfless with your children. You truely deserve a wonderful day. Love, Steph
Sopie Makes Six was the very first journey I watched after discovering My Adoption Website while paperchasing…so I have fond memories of that time. Sophie is so beautiful and reminds me of my litte Ella (who also shows off her toddler belly and came to us with a black eye). When our family received our referral, I actually went back and referenced all your updates to educate myself about Sophie’s development, since our two girls are so close in age. I love your blog and check it frequently.