The third week of March is always going to be special to our family. It was the third week of March that we were in Ethiopia picking up Naomi, but it was also the third week of March, 2008 that we were in Guatemala picking up Lili. So, while in Ethiopia, we celebrated our 2nd Lilianaversary. The special day was March 20th. This is the day Lili was placed in our arms forever. I can still remember that day vividly. Her foster grandmother walked through the door of the hotel with her foster sister close behind carrying her in. Her foster sister was crying as she walked in and I have no doubt that handing her over to us was very bitter sweet for her. I know it was certainly a bitter sweet moment for us.
To celebrate our Lilianaversary, we went to dinner and then out for ice cream. It was a simple, yet enjoyable time for our family.
Lili enjoying her ice cream. Checking on her baby sister.
As many of you know, our niece and her husband are also adopting from Ethiopia. They are with a different agency and have been waiting just over 1 1/2 years for their referral. I’m very happy to announce that they received the referral of a beautiful baby boy. Guess when they got their referral? Yes, the third week of March. In addition, his birthday is November 11th which was Dave’s mom’s birthday and also the day we received Naomi’s referral. We are hoping the remainder of their process goes by quickly so they can bring their little guy home soon. We can’t wait to meet him.
Life is quirky isn't it? It never ceases to amaze me when things work out like that. Everything happens for a reason, I'm a firm believer. 🙂
I can't even begin to tell you how much fun it has been to hear about your journey and to see the pictures of how you added even more love to your family. Congratulations, once again!
What a special week for your whole family! And how neat that you are both going to have these beautiful gifts from Ethiopia. Happy Liliversary. 🙂