Friday, December 20, 2013

One Year Ago Today

This time last year I got the call all adoptive parents wait for..our referral call.  I clearly remember getting the first picture of sweet Maritu.  Today as I rocked her to sleep at nap time I thought my heart would burst with joy.  She is truly a blessing from God.  She lights up a room with her smile.  She has a sweet, silly nature that blends well with our family.  Through all the long hard months of waiting to bring her home we had our Friday updates.  This is where the adoption agency sends us pictures of her.  It was wonderful to see her every week but so painful to see her growing up without us.  She has now been home with us a little over two months.  She is thriving and life is finding a new normal for us all. Thank you Jesus for bringing her home!!

The first picture we saw of sweet Maritu Jane probably taken in November of 2012
December 2013 
January 2013

February 2013
March 2013
April 2013
May 2013 - holding a picture ball we sent her with a friend. 
June 2013 - after her third round of pneumonia
July 2013 - I finally got to hold her
August 2013 - she turns 1
September 2013
October 2013 when I am the one taking pictures again.  Here in Ethiopia
here at home
 November 2013

December 2013
With her big brother who had just spent an hour taking Christmas pictures and was tired of smiling…can you tell?

Yes..her eyes really are that beautiful and full of light
 Our wonderful mischief maker.

Thanks again for all of you prayed for us, cheered with us, mourned with us and waited with us as we fought to bring our daughter home.  
Merry Christmas from the Leppard 5!!!


Unknown said...

Love you a all mum

Anonymous said...

She is so beautiful, as is your entire family! Love, Angela