Tuesday, July 19, 2011

"...I rescued the poor who cried for help...I broke the fangs of the wicked and snatched the victims from their teeth" 
Job 29:11-17

It has been just a little over a year since we returned home with Zoe (now 3-1/2) in our arms.  I decided to dress her in the traditional Inner Mongolian clothing and take a few pictures to capture this time!   We have grown so much throughout the year in many different ways.  In the first three months home Zoe grew 6 inches in height.   She has blossomed in her talking and in the past 2 months has gone from speaking at a three year four month level to a four year seven month level.   She can ride a bike with ease without training wheels and is quite the star on a big girl scooter.   Last week she decided she would learn to swim, quite a feat for a little girl who seemed to have never been in water, and she can swim half way across the deep end of the pool now!  She loves to sing, jump, play outside, plant flowers and garden and is as curious as can be.   One of her favorite quotes now is "I Looooooove ____________" - you fill in the blank!   She just loves everything!  At dinner time she always says, "thank you Mommy for this good food".   She loves her afternoon nap and will tell us when she is tired.  There is no stopping her from falling asleep when she just can't continue any longer.  Zoe's favorite thing to sleep with is her big pink blanket that belonged on Mikelle's bed when she was a little girl and she loves her "tiger cat" to "nuggle" with in bed.   As I look back at the pictures of Zoe before we first held her it is hard to fit the face in the pictures with the personality that has blossomed in the past year.   There are so many wonderful things we have learned it is hard to keep track of all of them.  It has been an amazing year as we have learned so much about each other.  God has brought the perfect little girl for our family and we are so thankful He knows us best.  
  God has done great things!

"...Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."


Tracey said...

Wow the sisters look so happy together!! One year already...so hard to believe and so awesome. So glad to see the beautiful girls and be reminded of your wonderful family and how you helped us so much with our wait for Zak. Thank you again!

Jean said...

What a beautiful surprise to see the pictures of the girls after a year of seeing you last! Zoe looks so grown up and so happy! What a difference a year of love can make surrounded by a beautiful, loving family. It is wonderful to hear that you are all doing so well. We miss you all! We still look at pictures of us all and Elyssa always tells people of the fun she had with Sasha. Keep those pictures coming!
Jean, Adrian and Elyssa

Kim said...

Zoe has grown so much and is so beautiful. I will have to show her pictures to Shiloh who is growing up a storm as well. What a blessing both these little girls from Baotou are!