(Winnie then and now)
I have wondered all year long what this would feel like. It could feel like just another day, or it could feel really big and emotional. Today is the day that we three Shaw's marched out of the transition home together. It's the day we really became a family. When Winnie asks for stories about this day, she usually likes to hear the one about her first nap. So, here it is...
"Mommy and daddy brought you to the hotel. We scrubbed and bubbled you from head to toe. We smoothed on the lotion and conditioner. you almost slipped out of my arms when I was trying to get you out of the little blue tub. We got you all dressed up in a new outfit, the Puma one with the little pink and brown polkadots. Remember? our eyes couldn't stop looking at you. Little kisses on your nose and your hands, we repeatedly exclaiming 'konjo, Woineshet, gobez Woineyay.' (beautiful, smart). You laughed a lot and squealed with delight as you went through our bags. You asked for 'Biscuits' continuously. Finally, we layed you in bed between us. We couldn't take our eyes off of you. You were actually OURS, we had waited to so long for you. Finally, exhausted, you fell asleep with your dolly Tigist. We laid there and held you for a long time. We might have napped ourselves, but the great gush of wetness woke us all up!! Woops, forgot the diaper!!!"
We all laugh at this point in the story. Winnie thinks it is hilarious and usually likes to tell this part herself.
Winnie and I did a presentation about Ethiopia in her class today. We both dressed up in our traditional Ethiopian attire and shared pictures and stories. It was a great way to celebrate the day. The 15 kids in her class listened very attentively as Winnie and I shared traditions, pictures, music, and a fun Selame dance. She had a huge smile on her face, she really enjoys being in the front of the class.
After school we went to get some Ethiopian food to celebrate as a family. Then our social worker came this afternoon and did our one year post placement visit. Next soccer practice :) I really didn't have much chance to get emotional.
I am thankful for this past year, for what God has taught us about Himself through adoption, for the chance to be a mom, and for a daughter that amazes me daily.