Sunday, August 21, 2011

The Day My Life Changed Forever In The Most Wonderful Way!!!

2 years ago today I received the call I had been waiting almost 3 1/2 years for….I was a Mom and Hannah XiaoFen was waiting for me in China!!  She didn’t know about me but she had been living in my heart for a very, very long time and I couldn’t wait to hold her in my arms!  It was instant love for me and with each detail that Deborah shared with me during her referral call the love grew deeper and deeper.  (Referral videos will be at the bottom of this post.)

Today we shared a wonderful day together, just enjoying having fun and being together.  We read stories, coloured, played and went for lunch with Grandma and Grandpa.  A low key day full of lots of laughter, giggles, snuggles and fun!

August 21, 2009 was the day God planned long ago to introduce me to my daughter.  I would still have to wait another long 10 1/2 weeks until I finally held her in my arms but just knowing who she was made my heart soar!!!

Those thoughts crossed my mind tonight as Hannah drifted off to sleep with my arms wrapped around her.  She has become quite the cuddle bug and it’s not unusual for her to fall asleep snuggled up next to me with her little forehead touching mine.  As she was preparing to sleep she rested her little hand on my cheek and whispered, ‘Love you forever Mommy.’ 

Oh what that did to this Mommy’s heart!  How could I be so blessed to have such an amazing daughter?  I whispered back that I loved her forever too and my voice was catching as I fought back tears….tears of joy.  Her gentle spirit caught the change in my voice and she asked, ‘Ok Mommy?’  ‘Yes, sweet Shaoey, Mommy is ok.  These are tears of joy as you are the love of my life and I love you with all my heart.’

Forever blessed by my sweet, loving, amazing, energetic, caring, wonderful daughter!!!

Each year I take a picture of Hannah with her referral picture.  This is today’s picture of my tutu wearing two year old.


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If you want to learn all the wonderful details about August 21, 2009 from start to finish, can read about them here.

Referral video – Part 1 (These videos still make me cry!  Smile)

Referral video – Part 2

I love you Hannah XiaoFen.  I am forever thankful that God created you and I to be mother and daughter.  Family….forever!!

Love, Mommy xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo


  1. Happy referral day anniversary. Love the look back at your cutie girl.

  2. Happy Referral Day Anniversary! It is so amazing to see how much Hannah has grown! What a beautiful girl. :D

  3. watching this videos made me cry tears of happiness for you! the moment you heard her age, her name....such a happy mama! congratulations again. Cant wait to look back on my referral video!

  4. Oh Happy Referral Anniversary! I remember that day and the call you placed to me, sharing the wonderful news! Seems like it was yesterday but also forever ago. H is amazing and you are an awesome mom.

    Keep smilin!

  5. Totally crying...AGAIN!! Happy referral day to you. I still remember being in the hospital after birthing the twins and calling you to congratulate you!! I was SO thrilled!!

  6. Oh what a sweet blessed day that was! I remember it so well! I also remember just a few short weeks before this and we were sitting on the beach and you were next and so calm and collected! :) So glad God has blessed both of our lives so richly! Hugs and lots of love to you both Catherine!

  7. Happy Referral Day Anniversary! What an amazing journey to your little girl! I love the latest picture of Hannah with her referral photo :) she looks so happy.

  8. Happy referral-aversary Catherine and Hannah!

  9. Wow!! I don't know why, but it kind of shocked me that it has been two years (already)... Happy referral day Catherine and Hannah! Sounds like the perfect day!

  10. Happy belated family day! I'm so happy that you and Hannah have each other. She's such a sweet girl.


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