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Thankful Thursday – A Little Sentimental

Side By Side Izzy and Ivy Tunic

I am working in my office today, versus on the road in my car, where I have been spending many hours lately. I usually get one good office day a week and I try like mad to catch up on everything business related and a few personal things too.

One of the things on the top of my personal to do list was to FINALLY complete and send in our paperwork to have Reagan’s readoption done here in the US. This has been weighing on both Pat and I as we are quickly approaching her one year anniversary and it really needs to be done before then.

Just a few minutes ago I called our adoption agency to make sure I had everything I needed to submit the paperwork. I had to go digging through all of our paperwork we received in China and make copies. To be perfectly honest, I got home from China last October, put that very large file in safe place and have not looked at it since.

Cracking it open today has stirred up a lot of emotion…..

Every detail that was provided to us in Chenzhou is running through my head. I have not forgotten a morsel of it. I don’t think I will ever forget, but it is so difficult to see those details staring up at you in black and white. I sat here reading it all again, holding the documents, remembering the streets in her city…… the sights, the sounds, the people. It all came rushing back to me and the tears poured down my face as I revisted my daughters humble beginnings.

I look at this precious girl every single day and see how much she has changed and grown. It is hard to think what might have been…….. Sometimes I wish I knew more of the details that surrounded her first few days of life, and other times I think it is best that I don’t.

We love her to the moon and back and we are ever so thankful that we were chosen to be her forever family.

Reagan’s dress was created by Izzy and Ivy Designs.
They have launched an exciting new project called “
Create HOPE Designs“. They are selling patterns of all kinds and 100% of the proceeds are going to adoption organizations. Please click HERE to see what it is all about, you won’t want to miss out.

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  • redmaryjanes - I so understand. I try not to think about it too. But some days are easier than others. Our circumstances are so different that we just cannot understand. But we are blessed beyond measure. We have the joy of loving and raising our beautiful girls.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - This is such a beautiful symbol of love Lisa. To see what you wrote, and what you had to do to breath life into this little person’s life is a testament to the human bond. Gorgeous photos of Reagan.ReplyCancel

  • The Byrd's Nest - Yes, it is so difficult because like Kimberley said, we can’t even begin to understand their circumstances but we can love these babies with all our hearts and pray for peace in everyone’s hearts.

    I can’t believe it is almost a year! Wow, I still remember your journey to precious Reagan. Big hugs my friend:)ReplyCancel

  • Faith, Hope, and Love - Almost a year already? Wow….

    :::sigh::: It doesn’t get any easier my friend. There are so many questions…so many unknowns…

    These baby girls are survivors…and they bless us beyond measure.

    Beautiful post as always, Lisa!

    I pray that CHD is showered with blessings to help those still left behind.

    Love and blessings,


  • Formerly known as Frau - She was meant to be with you and in your family….she was meant to always have the precious smile about her.
    She is a blessing that is for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi - Such a sweet post.. My husband and i are looking at adoption in the next few years. You are an inspriation to me :)ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - Lisa, it’s wonderful that your family and Reagan found each other.
    Funny, I was looking back at some of your old posts last weekend, and I cannot get over how much she has changed.
    Love the photo on the right, she’s so very happy and playful in it.
    She’s gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • The 5 Bickies - I love this post….what a sweet reflection. I am so glad Reagan was chosen for your family too. She has blossomed and is doing so well.

    I hope the paperwork isn’t too awful – putting the file away somewhere safe and away is definitely something I would have done too. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Ankerich - A very heartfelt post~ know exactly what you are feeling. When I go back and read my girls’ referrals, it is so hard to believe that was them~ they are very different girls from then but still those girls. Such a miracle isn’t it? Thank you for sharing!!! XOReplyCancel

  • Football and Fried Rice - These are the kind of memories that keep us humble and forever remind us of how blessed we are to have these sweet kids in our lives! Reagan is darling (love her dress!) and I cant wait to hear how her readoption goes :)ReplyCancel

  • Gail - What a beautiful post Lisa, one that so many of us can relate to…

    Someone who loved Reagan very much wanted a better life for her. You are incredibly blessed to have each other!

    Love miss R in that dress. :)


  • Ellie - the photos are just adorable.

    i know exactly how you are feeling. i honestly can hardly think about tia’s beginnings – it is almost too much to bear . . .

    sending hugs –
    xo ellie
    ps. and that dress is adorable!!ReplyCancel

  • Jodee - I love these pictures of Reagan. She is sooo adorable! I love her dress too. Good luck with her readoption!ReplyCancel

  • Hunan Mommy - I completely understand. It’s so hard to grasp the few details we are provided. Hope your process in readoption goes smoothly!

    Chenzhou Mommy of SidneyReplyCancel

  • Kayce - I totally understand that emotion. So well! I always find myself just staring at our girl at dinner and am in an emotional awe.ReplyCancel

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