Sunday, November 21, 2010

Happy Gotcha Day, Ling Ling!

Our first glance of you!

Our Dear Graci Kate,

Three years ago today, you walked into a room and turned our lives upside down! We were mesmerized with your sparkling eyes, beautiful smile, confident walk and air of strength. What we didn’t know at the time was that you were hurting and scared and torn between two families who loved you. We didn’t know what you had gone through that day, saying goodbye to your “China family” who adored you and had taken care of you for four years. We didn’t know your fears, your desires, and what made you tick.

Here we are, three years later and so deeply in love with you! We know what makes you laugh, we know what makes you cry. We know when you hurt, we know when you are bursting with joy. We know your strengths and your weaknesses. We know your dozens of cute little quirks. (; We know how you look all made-up and how you look first thing in the morning— and you are perfectly gorgeous either way!

We are so grateful to KNOW you.

Happy “Gotcha Day,” our sweet little girl. You have enriched our lives in ways we can’t express. You are a beacon of courage, beauty, and grace. Your name fits you so well.

We love you.


  1. We love our beautiful granddaughter!! She has grown so much in so many ways. What a delight it has been getting to "know" her.

  2. Oh my! I loved your first paragraph describing the things you didn't know about her. I can't even begin to imagine all she was going through during that time.
    And now look at her! I LOVE Graci!!!! She is SOOOOO incredible and wonderful!!!

  3. Happy Gotcha Day Graci!! It will be three years on Thursday since we met you for the first time in Guangzhou - you were then - and still are now - one awesome young lady! We consider ourselves better for having known you!

    Many hugs - and love you guys

    aus and co.

  4. How fun to see how much she has changed. You have helped her to become such a beauty inside and out!