One year ago today, half way around the world, the Ethiopian courts officially made a 9 month old baby named Tarikua our daughter. Evie had no idea that anything special happened that day; it was just another day for her. She didn't even know who we were! But on this side of the globe, we couldn't have been happier. I am so glad that I blogged about that day (here and here) because somehow some of the details have already started to fade. I guess time will do that. But the elation that we experienced that day, I will never forget.
The adoption process is full of so many joys. It was such a privilege to have been able to experience them. It does have it's challenges, too - like your child living 10,000 miles away from you for awhile. But for today we remember the joy of Evangeline officially becoming a member of our family. And we offer up an extra prayer of thanksgiving from this side of the adoption process, with our sweet girl in our arms.