August 8, 2011-
I remember it like it was yesterday. We smiled for one last photo before her in the lobby and we climbed on the elevator, my heart beating so fast I could barley breathe, riding on that dirty Chinese elevator for the last time as a family of 6. The doors opened and suddenly the strangest thing happened to me. It's a feeling that I have never felt in my life. I froze, my heart went into my stomach and the world around me went in slow motion. My breath got ragged and I started shaking. I don't know what it was. Maybe nerves and stress. Maybe it was the Lord. Maybe it was that I had been waiting for that moment so long, years, and the fact that it was about to happen was unbelievable. Then the elevator started beeping, forcing my forward into the buzz of life and after that heavy step, I was back. Peeking into the room next to me, I saw a little head full of greasy black hair and I knew it was her. My first glimpse of Joy.
August 8, 2013-
Now it has been 2 years since that emotional day. Joy has grown into a beautiful, confident 4 year old. Full of laughter and joy. She is full of imagination, and spunk. She has two best (imaginary) friends named Allie and Katie. She talks about them all the time. Lately she has let me know they with to Nashville to visit Maggie (May's roommate and to China. Yes, they are quite the threesome ;). She is always dancing. Always. She is also always singing. Anything is a microphone to her. A marker on a block? Yes. Reading light? Yes. Anything. I am so proud of how smart she is. Yesterday she wrote all of the ABCs on a note card and gave it to my mom. We were all in awe of her intelligence. Last night, she climbed into my lap asked if she could close her eyes, and within 30 seconds, she was asleep. Her arms wrapped around me, her head in my shoulder breathing heavily in my ear. I couldn't help but smile every time I looked down at her. I kissed her little nose maybe 100 times. I loved it. Joy, I was so proud to be called your big sister. I wanted to walk around the room and tell everyone that you, this bundle of joy, was mine. I wanted to let everyone know how smart you are and how you can do ballet around the house like a pro. I wanted to let them know how far you have come since August 8th of 2011. I was so proud of you and my heart exploded with love for you like it does multiple times of day.
Oh, Joy Davi. You are a treasure.
We love you!
|I couldn't help but get a photo with my precious sister <3|
And if you want to go back to out first day... click here