Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Black and White Wednesday - "One year ago today......"

.....this

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.....was the little face we saw for the first time!
On August 10th, 2009, our little Milana.....

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....finally became ours!!

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What a difference a year can make.

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Each day she blossoms more....like a flower.

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And we discovery another petal.

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As everything she was meant to be....

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... comes to life.

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And blooms!!!

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Before our very eyes!

For more photography inspiration and fun, click here to join Lisa at The Long Road to China.

(We just got back from a six day trip for a family re-union so I'll be catching up for the next little while.)

38 comments:

Buckeroomama said...

She is blossoming! You have two wonderful pretty little girls who adore each other... that is such a blessing. :)

Oh, I'm joining Lisa' BW Wednesday now, too, after seeing your BW photos here every week. So fun!

the greek chinese connection said...

Oh, Wanda... one year ago today...as you held your sweet little flower Milana for the first time...I held my little Georgia for the first time too. Although we were miles apart my dear friend our hearts were still together in spirit as God revealed his love to us all a second time.

I will never ever forget the moment that our two families with our new babies were reunited in Beijing...wow, what a moment that was!!!

You have been by my side from the beginning my fellow "MAMA BEAR" and I cannot think of a better person to share this journey with.

Our four girls are amazing and GOD IS SO, SO GOOD.

Milana, my love I am so happy that you are part of our life and I love watching you bloom.

Wo Ai Ni

me

Terri said...

What a beautiful post about your beautiful baby girl!
Happy one year anniversary to you all!

justinegordon said...

what a truly wonderful story and wonderful pictures, lovely

Alyson and Ford said...

Beautiful photos and story! Tomorrow is our two year anniversary of referral day, amazing all the wait is gone and just lots of fun and love!

Alyzabeth's Mommy

EB said...

She is stunning! Our youngest have been home for three years in September and the little, thin and very scared girl we met in China has blossomed in to a confident, happy and beautiful person. I agree...a year makes such a difference.

Erika B

Denise said...

Isn't it amazing to see the difference? What a sweet beauty she is~

Ellie said...

I cannot believe it has been a year! I didn't realize I've 'known' you that long :)

Congrats on a year with your little beauty - and yes, she has bloomed so much!

Just Bits and Pieces said...

Sooo beautiful!

kerri said...

Amazing too watch the beautiful blossoming, gorgeous shots Wanda...

Ashley Sisk said...

Beautiful photos. I just found your blog while hopping other blogs and love what I see. Now following so I can see more!

chasity said...

what a sweet story and gorgeous photos.

Love Letters To China said...

Your photos are beautiful Wanda. It's hard to believe it's only been one year since Milana has been home. She has grown so much within a short period of time. I'm sure you feel as if she has always been with you. I feel the exact same way about my little boy.

Hugs...
Grace

Susan said...

Only one year? It's seems that Milana has been a part of your family forever! Happy Family Day!

carolinagirl said...

Yes...a year has made a huge difference. What a sweetheart!

Daisy Dreams said...

The year has flown by! Don't you wish sometimes that you could just slow that clock down a little bit? She's so precious....

Wanda said...

YES, Daisy Dreams. I sure do!
:)

theanaizview.com said...

So cute and what a sweet post! :)

Jenny said...

So beautiful...the pictures and the story of how your lives came to be. Blessings...

themaddychronicles.com said...

And what a BEAUTIFUL year it's been!!! Happy One Year, Milana!! It's amazing what a difference one year can make! So happy that you were finally able to bring home that little angel...at last!

Annelie said...

Wonderful photos! I really mean that, and you are a beatiful family to!
Congratiulations to you, you sure look happy!
And you should be, such cute children!♥

Mama Hen said...

Absolutely gorgeous Wanda! I love the family photo! These pictures are precious as always! I hope you are doing great my friend! Have a good day!

Mama Hen

Faith Hope Love Photography said...

Precious!! And yes...she has sure blossomed into a beautiful little girl...and before we know it they will be off...(crying to myself)

Lisa said...

ohhhhhhhhhhh.....how clearly I remember following along with your journey and in so many ways it seems as if it was just yesterday. Yet in so many other ways, it would seem she has always graced your lives ( and ours through your lovely posts)....

Wanda, congratulations on one year of forever with your teeniest blessing. I know both your girls inspire, delight and bring such joy to you each day!

It has been such a pleasure to watch her grow and thrive this past year.....to be a tiny part of sharing in that joy and celebration....and discovery!

What a beauty she is and oh gosh....those black and white beach close ups of her stunning cherubic face just take my breath away!!

xoxo I've missed ya!!

3D said...

What a sweet face that is thriving!

Keep smilin!

Kayce said...

Happy Family day! Your pictures are just beautiful!!

Gail said...

And what a beautiful flower she is at that! Our children are little miracles aren't they? We are so blessed. Happy Forever family day my friend. I hope you did something special...

xoxo

Qwave À la carte said...

B E A U T I F U L Mind
Touching In Verses
B E A U T I F U L Life
Sweetness In Pictures
Me Heart :)

Dave said...

this series is full of love and emotion.

Our family said...

What an incredible gift you have been given... I have loved watching Milana blossom (through your many gorgeous pictures and stories)and settle into her loving family life. Happy Family Day!!!! xoxo

Marla said...

Oh wow, I didn't realize it had only been a year, happy family day to all of you! Milana is so precious, I just could kiss those sweet little cheeks. No doubt they've received millions of kisses in this last year. :)

Teresa said...

She is precious! Has it been a year already??

Colin and Jill Canada said...

Has she ever blossomed??! I love that photo of her wearing the pink hat.

You live in Montreal!! Oh my - I didn't realize that - I gues I should have read your profile! I stumbled upon your blog just over a year ago when you were preparing to bring this girl home. Just today a number of parents and children from our adoption playgroup are on the train to Montreal, they do it every year and spend 3 days there together. I think there is a festival on at the moment? I didn't go because we just got back from vacation on Tuesday. Nove Scotia is amazing, I don't know how you left it!

Anyway, it's so nice to 'bump into' another canuck! :)

Jill

JinXiu said...

wow one year goes so fast. she is surely blossoming with your love and guidance. both your girls are so georgous.

Mama Hen said...

Wanda I would love for you to be my featured artistic blogger for Monday. Please let me know if you are up to it. I would need it ready to post tomorrow night at 10:00 or so New York time. I would need one paragraph about you and your blog (like you see in the Nestwork) and a picture that represents you. E-mail me at mamaslittlenestwork@hotmail.com and let me know if you think you can do it. I would love for you to be featured my friend. You have such an amazing talent!

Mama Hen

Hannah said...

These pictures are great! I will have to join in on one of these black and white wednesdays!

Dita said...

What a difference a year makes, INDEED! Look at that little beauty in all her glory safe in the arms of her family.

I can't wait to meet the girls (and Danny!) one day soon. I think we definitely need to do a road trip!

Missing you and can't wait to hear about the family reunion!!

xoxoxo
Dita

~Lisa~ said...

Wanda, congrats on your family. Your daughters are beautiful and you are an amazing mama. Thanks for sharing your story and lovely art and photos. From the Nestwork.