22 September 2010

Happy Family Day!

ONE YEAR
as a happy family

Then:



(Looking at the gate, trying to understand everything and then...oh, that picture in the car of my brave, BRAVE little girl just breaks my heart. Can you imagine leaving everything you know to set out with a stranger--even if it seems like a kind one--yet again? The last one is the glimpse we got of Lexi--before all the overstimulation caught up with her. I love that one. And then her patience as we waited and waited amazed me.)

height and weight were both at 10%

That night she chose to eat watermelon and cheese.

and now:

Yes, the weather is worse, but just look at how much happier and more comfortable she is! (This is the only photo where the photographer didn't move.)

height 118.5 cm
weight 45.5 lbs.
(both just over the 25%)

Tonight she chose chicken pie (okay, she might have wanted fish...but I wanted us to eat the same thing, so chicken it was) and bulochka (little poppy seed sweetrolls--these were chocolate-covered) and some of her favorite chocolate bar.

I am so grateful for the gift of this amazing child. More photos this weekend!

19 comments:

Suz said...

Happy, happy family day to the both of you!!

Essie the Accidental Mommy said...

Oof! That pic in the car.... she looks scared and determined at the same time. What a great team you two are!

votemom said...

what a happy post to start my day!

K&A were just speaking of lexi this morning. K said "do we still know her?" and i had to explain that friends can be friends forever, even if you don't get a chance to see them very often.

can't wait for some "after" pics!

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

What an amazing change!! Blessings to your family!

kate said...

Essie, that's exactly what I see in that photo, too.

Sy, the after pix aren't loading. Will try again later.

Mrs. Butler said...

A YEAR! We sure miss you, and love seeing "new" pictures (the kids don't remember). Happy Family Day, Kate and Lexi!

Maura said...

Oh Happy Day! Look at that sweetie in the beautiful hand-smocked dress. So serious, but still a bit of her sparkle there, too.

Congrats on your family day - it's been an honor and a privilege to be allowed to share your year together through your blog. You two are amazing together. :-)

Jennifer said...

Happy, happy day! Can't wait to see more happy pictures!

Lauri said...

awesome pics... happy Family day

kristin said...

Happy Family DAY!!!!!

Tina in CT said...

I love the pictures. The one in the car, I think she is looking very happy to leave with her mother.

Happy Family Day to both of you!

Matt and Carla Morgan said...

Yea! Happy Family day, indeed.

Hugs to you both, cm

Allison said...

Happy Family Day, Kate and Lexi! Wish the "now" pics would have posted, but I've seen recent enough pics to know what a transformation has occurred!

BTW, the other tab open on my browser is an NPR piece, "In Praise of Pachyderms." Fitting, no?

Lindsay said...

You are a beautiful family. Congrats to you and Lexi: you are wonderful together.

Jackie said...

Happy, happy family day, Kate & Lexi. So wonderful :)

Tina in CT said...

P.S. I was commenting on the smiling picture of Lexi in the car.

Tammy said...

Congratulations on your one year anniversary! You two truly were meant for each other! All that hard work and effort - she is so worth it!

Chris said...

Happy Family day to you both! Isn't adoption wonderful?

McMary said...

Congratulations--so hard to believe it has been a year already--you are both truly blessed.