Our family finally complete
Today as we celebrate our 1st "Gotcha Day" we have so many people to thank,
God is #1 for without him, there would be no Sakura, there would be no celebration, Airi and Yuki, Sakura's BioMom and BioGrandma, Taz and Lesley, Okada San, as well as countless family and friends.
Tonight we will celebrate with a small trip down memory lane, one of our favorite pictures was this one we received from Taz while Sakura was with Okada San this is photo taken for her passport.
As you can see Sakura was wearing a white gown with small yellow ducks on it - to me that symbolizes Sakura coming home. "Ironically" the first thing that we bought for our baby was a stuffed Taggies Duck, well before we knew if we'd have a girl or a boy - to us it didn't matter, only that we got the baby that God intended for us. We bought that Taggies Duck soon after our paperwork headed to Japan in December.
Last Friday I was able to pick up Sakura's birth certificate in Phoenix, she couldn't be my daughter any more if I had carried her 9 months inside me - she never sat beneath my heart, she always sat inside it.
It's so hard to remember how we filled our days before the arrival of Sakura. It's hard to imagine our lives without Sakura we are SO very blessed to be her parents.
One year ago today
We had an answer to a prayer
when we finally received a call
to say that *you* were there.
‘Though holding only a photo,
our hearts were lost that day
to a tiny baby girl in Japan
half a world away.
The baby face and tiny ears,
those lovely almond eyes,
the chubby oh-so-kissable cheeks
held power to mesmerize.
The distance seemed to melt away
‘though still a world apart.
gazing at your picture,
we met you heart-to-heart.
At long last knowing you were real
a child to call our own,
the daughter we were soon to meet
to finally bring you home.
And now I hold you in my arms
and count my blessings from above
because just one year ago today
we were given *you* to love.