It’s been 390 days since I first held Vivienne in my arms.
More or less.
Before coming into our family she had more transitions than any child should have to endure.
She spent four months with her birth family.
Eight months in an orphanage.
And one year with a loving foster family.
I’ve often wondered how all these transitions would impact her ability to love again.
How long she might need to allow herself to believe, somehow, that we would not leave her.
And to know that she her love would be safe with us.
Yesterday, during one of the most ordinary of moments, Vivienne spoke spontaneously.
“I love you, mama.”
Crazy blessed to be on a journey of the heart with this child.
In so many ways, she takes my breath away.
She is so precious!
What a great post!
Oh, how that must have made your heart mush! A wonderful precious thing to hear from our children.
Heather Thompson says
What wonderful words to hear!!!
Lucky Mama says
So sweet! She is truly adorable!!!
Michelle P. says
Beautiful!!! Those are definitely words to treasure! 🙂
You are crazy blessed my friend!!!!!! Because you have blessed you too are blessed!!! She is so darn cute!!! How could she not love her precious Mama!!!!!
That, is the best gift a momma could get. 🙂
Sooooo Sweet & just goes to show that there are no "ordinary moments"!!
R Montalban says
That is just so charming and well, wonderful.
Oh my gosh, that is precious. I love it.
the meaklims says
Sigh. I'm just sitting here grinning. the best words…EVER!
What a blessing to hear that for the first time!
Some of the best words a mama can hear! Hugs ~ Teresa
Melt. My. Heart.
anne graves says
So sweet. And such a blessing!
We are adopting a little guy from China and hope to pick him up April/May. He will be at least 18-months-old at that point. Is there a book on attachment that has been helpful to you? Do you have any specific wisdom on the process?
Jess and Tim says
What a blessing! She is loved and knows it!!
Oh yes. It's one thing to hear them say that they love us when they are responding to us saying that we love them.
But when it is unsolicited? Now that's good stuff!
So happy for you!
She is just soooo precious!
a Tonggu Momma says
Be still my heart! Because – is she wearing a panda shirt??? (Kidding, I'm kidding, y'all.)
Seriously, I am so glad you heard those words. I still remember my first unsolicited kiss after 10 months home. It changed everything for me.
Amazing. She is beautiful.
Daisy Dreams says
Oh, how I know how precious those words are from a child you long to hear say them (to you!). It took Bella almost 3 years to offer those words, unsolicited. And I can remember how I rejoiced!! Yay for Vivienne!
Great post – and a great SS too – the kids are simply amazing – as is your entire clan!
hugs – aus and co.
LOVED reading this post! So heartwarming. Thanks for sharing such a sweet moment!
she is so lucky! cute girl too!
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