One Year Home!
This week was the one year mark since the first day we met Jian. In some ways it is hard to believe that an entire year has gone by already. On the other hand, it feels like she has always been a part of our family. I explained to her that Tuesday was a special day because it was the one year anniversary of her “Gotcha Day.” She knows that we recently had Mother’s Day, which was my special day and Father’s Day, which was Daniel’s special day. So she declared June 17 to be Jian’s Day. Everything I asked her to do that day, she said, “No, I’m not going to do work on Jian Day. I’ll do that tomorrow.” We asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate. She chose eating at the Chinese buffet, playing games at Chuck E Cheese, and purchasing a used game to play on the Wii.
This past year, and even the year leading up to bringing her home have taught me so much. For months after returning home, it felt as if I were living minute to minute just trying to survive the stress of it all. I kept wondering when things were going to return “back to normal.” I have learned that I am now in a new season of my life. The things that were once top priority no longer are. Daniel and I have been given a great responsibility, which I do not take lightly. This sweet girl has softened my heart, broken down walls and opened me up. I now understand that things will never return “back to normal.” This is the new normal. And for that, I am thankful.