It’s TUESDAY TALK time over here. TUESDAY TALK is a once a month link-up hosted by Fancy Ashley and me. We invite all you bloggers to join us to chat about anything and everything!
These are the topics we’ve touched on so far…
In January, we talked about key fobs. Yes, for real. I had a major issue with my key fob situation and asked for your help. You guys came THROUGH for me!
In February, we discussed any and all speech recommendations. Britt is progressing in so many areas, but she’s struggling in the speech department. You guys had some GREAT ideas for speech delays.
In March, we all shared some gifting ideas…think baby shower, new baby at home, wedding shower, etc. You guys came through with some awesome ideas via the comments. If you have a shower you’re attending soon, go read the comments! Or if you have a girlfriend coming home with a new baby, go read the comments! Thanks for all your recommendations! They are GOOD!
Last month, we discussed how we raise grateful kids. You guys had some great ideas for helping us all do better at making sure our kiddos are thankful for all they have. The comments are great on this one too!
Today, we’re discussing something that trumps all over topics for our family…Britt’s Gotcha Day! You guys! Exactly one year ago today, the five of us waited patiently in a Civil Service Room waiting for Britt to arrive. I can’t even begin to explain to you the nerves we ALL had. Her nannies came in a door and Nixon was the first to yell, “There’s Britt!”. I remember it all like it was yesterday.
The first picture of me and my girl. 🙂
Can you tell how proud those older kiddos were?
On the first day, she latched on to Tab and really wasn’t the biggest fan of me. She definitely preferred him.
Although my mama heart was dying to hold her 24/7, we did everything we could to make her as comfortable as possible.
After some food, lots of family time, and baths she slowly began letting us see little cracks of her personality.
Day Two…she showed us just a teeny bit more of her.
Bless her heart. I can’t even begin to imagine what she was thinking or feeling, but she was oh, so brave. She allowed us to love on her and slowly but surely we got to see more and more glimpses of our Britty.
Our third day in Kunming was COLD. These Texas Slaughters didn’t know how to handle it. We headed to the local Gap for some warmer clothes.
Someone was a fan of the warmer clothes. 😉
Britty nailed her first flight. We were all so proud! And then we were quickly home in Texas celebrating many firsts with our girl.
June was full of doctor’s appointments, check-ups, and…
days spent by the pool. 🙂
In July, we celebrated the Fourth of July with our hometown parade, lots of pool time, and fireworks.
August, brought a really tough palate surgery.
But in September, she was fully recovered and we were eating ALL the solid foods again!
In October, Britt experienced her first costume and trick-or-treating.
In November, our girl turned TWO!
And then she met all of her Missouri family by having her first Thanksgiving in Missouri.
Christmas this past year was extra special with all six of us here.
In January, Britty got to experience her first bowl game and then we quickly made our way to…
Colorado, where she experienced her first snow!
Her first Valentine’s Day followed right behind. She was a fan of all the class parties. 😉
And on her first Spring Break she got to experience the Most Magical Place on Earth, Disney World, with some of our favorites.
I think she was a fan. Don’t you?
In April, she experienced her first Easter.
And now we’re back to a FULL YEAR with this precious girl of ours. This past year has been both the hardest and most rewarding of our lives. We’ve gone from a scared-to-death baby who had no clue who we were to a sweet girl who finds absolute comfort and peace in our arms. The three older kiddos still argue over who sits next to her, who gets to play with her, who swims with her, and on and on. She can still be so shy and reserved in certain situations, but has a loud and silly personality if she’s at home surrounded by her people.
I can’t even begin to express to you how thankful we are for this girl. Our hearts would have missed out on something HUGE if we hadn’t listened to the call of adoption. I strongly urge you to pursue that call yourself if you feel God is prompting you. Trust me when I say, you will not be disappointed.
As we celebrate one year with our Britt Bradford, it makes me think of that quote by Jodi Landers…
“A child born to another woman calls me mommy. The magnitude of that tragedy and the depth of that privilege are not lost on me.”
Oh, how I wish I could meet Britt’s birth mother to hug her neck, assure she is safe, well-cared for, and loved unconditionally, and then tell her a huge thank you for giving us this gift of our precious girl.
Today, you’ll probably find me on the verge of tears ALL DAY LONG! Just because I’m so thankful to be this girl’s mommy.
If you missed any of my adoption posts, you can find them…
Bringing Home Britt Posts…
Adoption Questions Answered…
Post Adoption Updates…
If you’re a blogger and you blogged about anything and everything today, please add your blog to the link-up! Thanks for joining us!