Tuesday, August 10, 2010

What happens in One Year?

This is a question I have been asking myself and thinking about for about a week now.  Why?  Because 1 year ago today, Bella joined our family forever.  One year ago today I saw the most precious, beautiful little girl walk (almost hopped) into our lives forever.  She was just so happy and thrilled to be apart of this new adventure although I don't think she had a clue what that meant ... leaving the only family she knew, leaving the only home she proabably remembers and leaving her home country. 

We went out tonight and celebrated by eating some Chinese food.  Even though PF Chang's is one of our favorite restaurants, the food there is nothing like the food we experienced in China.  But nonetheless Bella devoured noodles and rice and even dessert.  We then came home and the kids jumped into the pool.  All in all it was a great night!

One year has flown by in so many ways and yet one year seems like forever.  It seems like she has been part of our family forever and in a way she has, she has always been in our hearts, we just did not have a face to put with the little girl we knew God had planned for us. 

I have been trying to think of all of the things she has experienced and done in one year.  It is hard because I am with her everyday, sometimes I don't see the changes.  It isn't until someone says something, or until we sit back and really think about it.  Bella has grown so much!  She has gained at least 5 or 6 pounds, which is a lot for such a little thing.  She has also grown so much taller.  I went through 3 pairs of shoes this past Sunday to find a pair to fit her.  They seemed to fit her just days before! 

She has been through 3 surgeries with another one scheduled for this fall.  She has learned to speak a little and also use signs, but there is never a question of what she wants.  She understands everything!  She is very vocal and demanding and STUBBORN!  She has such a little personality.  She likes to test her boundaries and loves the word "NO!"  She loves to sing and dance.  Watch out American Idol!  She loves to read books and she loves pandas.  She enjoys playing with puzzles and could live in the water if we let her.  She loves her brothers and they love her.  She wants to be outside whenever possible riding her bike.  She has learned to run and jump.  She loves to be tucked into bed and gives great eskimo kisses.  She squeals when she knows she is going to her grandparent's houses.  She eats almost anything that is put in front of her, but her favorite things are cottage cheese, fruit, pudding and mac-n-cheese.

These are just some of the things we have learned about our little girl in the past year.  She is fearfully and wonderfully made by our Lord and she is our precious gift.  Happy Bella Day!




  1. Wow!!! I can't believe it's been 1 year!!! Bella has grown so much. How lucky you are to have her and she to have you. I miss seeing the kids out in the yard. Hope all is going well. I bet Aidan is excited about school starting in a few weeks!!!

  2. Such a beautiful young lady!! you all are so blessed! Thinking of you fondly today!

  3. Oh, how I will miss seeing her grow! Congrats to you all!

  4. Oh how sweet!! You have such a treasure!! The Lord provides treasures hidden if we trust Him...and He is faithful. I can see how you've been molded by THE POTTER's hands over the past year and how beautiful you are, all of you! Don't forget, we'll be sending goats soon as part of our little arranged marriage..we have two Stanley boys to choose from..how lucky would we be?? Bella Stanley...love it!!:-) Blessings on your journey with your little treasure!!

  5. she DOES look like such a big girl now...wow! congrats on hitting the one-year mark. it's been so great to follow your journey together, as a family. what a blessing to have miss bella as your daughter & important part of your family. how beautifully God has woven you all together. XO