Monday, March 16, 2009

1 Year with Noelle!!!

See the photo? If you've followed our blog for any length of time, you've seen it before - Noelle's referral picture. I thought the St.Pat's Day sign was appropriate under the circumstances. lol

One year ago tomorrow was the day we received Noelle JiaZhen Johnson-- our sweet, wonderful, cute, funny, smart, energetic, cuddly (I could go on-) daughter!!!

Since we will be an the road the next couple of days as we head to the Chicago area to visit Eric's parents and other family members, I wanted to write this post early. We hope to leave in the morning and travel halfway so we can have a relaxing evening together. Maybe we will be able to find a nice Chinese restaurant to celebrate-- but all the while we will be wearing our green, our Irish paraphernalia to honor St. Pat's Day (remember...Eric's mom). Then Wednesday evening, we will honor Noelle's official Adoption Day by watching our China video's and sharing memories as a family.

Where has the time gone? Isn't it interesting how The Wait seems never-ending as we anticipate the arrival of our child? Then when we have that dear child in our arms, our home, our family-- the times passes much too quickly.

Eric and I are blessed every day to have Noelle as our daughter. The more time we spend with her, the more we see just how perfect she is for our family. She was truly hand-picked by God. A miracle indeed! :)

We love you, Nolie!!!


Linda said...

I saw your blog address on one of the yahoo groups, and I'm glad I followed the link. Congratulations on having Noelle for one year! Also, thank you for the red envelope reminder. I intended to do this, and now that its almost time, I had completely forgot. Your post about older child adoption really caught my eye, as we adopted our third daughter in 9/2007, at age 8-1/2. Older adoptions have their struggles, but they definitely have their rewards also. This Christmas Eve when our daughter asked me to explain how she could go to heaven and be with Jesus, I could hardly contain myself. All the struggles were worth it!

Amy Woods said...

Happy Gotcha Day Johnson family!! I put a video from last year on my blog and you guys were in a portion of it. I sure wish we lived closer together!!

Danny and Barbara said...

Happy Gotcha Day! We celebrated ours today as well. Noelle is beautiful! Have a safe trip.

Karen said...

It is so hard to believe that it has been a year already. She is growing up and changing so fast.

Love you guys
Karen and Richard