On April 14, 2009 we received our first picture and information of Gracie. It was our referral day! I posted this on facebook on the one year anniversary of referral day, but forgot to post it here. On referral day, Gracie's picture was beautiful, but sad. She was severely malnourished. And many times in her short life it was thought that she would not make it. But God had another plan. As she started to put on a little weight our agency felt that she would survive and they chose us to be matched with her. On that date she was 3 months old and 5.6 pounds. Here are the first two pictures we received of her:
And one year later, here is our sweetie pie who is in the 90th percentile on weight and is walking, talking, laughing, kissing and hugging and always putting on shoes!
All glory to God!!! She is thriving. We did not know one year ago that Gracie would thrive like this. And one year ago we certainly didn't think we would be in the middle of another adoption! Which - by the way - we were able to talk to/see Keemberlie on Skype last night with the help of a San Antonio nurse who is working at her orphanage right now. We had an awful connection, but she did see us and smiled when she saw us and I got to hear her say, "I love you, Momma." Beautiful, beautiful words!
God is good! He is faithful. He is able.