Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A year ago in Cali, Colombia

I picked up my little Ella for the first time! In some ways it's hard to believe it's already been a year and in other ways I can't believe we haven't always had her!

It is amazing the difference a year has made. At first she was the most emotionally and physically unresponsive child I have ever seen...she slept and ate and not much else. Slowly, slowly, she started to respond to our love and affection for her and blossomed into a loving and affectionate daughter. At first she never cried or complained, just looked at us with those deep, dark eyes. I never thought I would be relieved to hear her cry, but I was because it meant she finally trusted us with her pain. I think she is still in the process of blossoming, but she has come so very far.

We all adore her, we always have. We are all thrilled that she is here and is a Spicer and that she will always have her family's love to count on for the rest of her life. Ella is a gift to us and we count ourselves blessed beyond measure to have her in our home.


Charissa said...

So beautiful! I can't wait to post our one year anniversary of meeting Ava, and tell of her changes (and ours, I'm sure). I love your blog, and I'm always so glad for pictures and updates of your sweet kids.

Stepping Out of the Boat said...

Ok...now you are making me cry yet again! Thanks for sharing these touching stories of your adoption journeys.

Amy W said...

She is an absolute angel! I just love celebrating their gotcha days, don't you?

colbylobrien said...

What a lovely, lovely girl! I rejoice with you to see her responding to your loving home!

Lois O'Brien

L. Noelle said...

I want you to know how inspired I am by you. Truly inspired and hopeful!