Friday, June 20, 2008

A letter to Liv

Dear Olivia,
Exactly two years ago today I held you in my arms for the very first time. Oh how you looked up at me with those huge brown eyes. You just stared at me and you melted my heart. At that moment you made me a mother. I had no idea what you had in store for us as a family, all I could do was watch you. I watched you sleep, watched you drink a bottle. You could finish a bottle in 4 minutes, no burp brakes, just chugging, and then you were full and happy. It took you 4 whole days to give me a smile. I was pretending to bite your toes, and there it was, your little gift to us, a crooked little smile. How is wished those 5 days would never end, but they did, and I had to hand you back. The hardest thing I ever had to do. Daddy was so strong he didn't cry, but as soon as you were out of sight, I cried harder than I ever have before. All your Daddy kept saying was, "She'll be home soon".
And he was right 4 months later we were on our way back to pick you up. Those 4 months seemed like an eternity at the time, now I see how really short a wait that was.
Now hear we are 2 years later, and I don't remember what life was like without you. I admire how you navigate thru your toddler world. You are so giving to other children, even now that you are in the "It's mine" stage. You are so caring, you point out every baby that you hear cry until I say "His mommy's there she will help him". You try so hard to be just like mommy and daddy. You want to do everything that we do. You have an amazing memory. Everyday you surprise us with all the things you remember. That is why I am writing you this letter my sweet Liv, so that I can always remember that first day when we started this journey together. How happy you made us, and how you changed our lives forever.

Love Always and Forever,
Your Mommy


Sharon said...

What a beautiful letter!!! I know that Olivia will cherish it forever!


Ellie said...

Oh My Goodness.... I check your blog at 4am in the morning before we go camping.... And I walk away crying!

But, this is very beautiful~

Congrats on this 2 year marker!


Robyn said...

What a beautiful post!!


Carrie said...

That letter is so sweet.

I love that last photos of your matchng wet heads with towels.

What precious memories!

Anonymous said...

MY b-day May 16th we found out Liv would come home....I know I am just an aunt an akka but that day I realized our lives would change for the BEST..I realized god was watching over us...Liv, you will always be our sunshine we love you and we were meant to have you in our lives..xoxo The day I heard you say Akka June 26 was a HUGE day for me...the day I also has a conversation with you on the filled my heart.