Thursday, December 11, 2008

Two Years Today!

Two years ago today at 8:00 am, the most amazing little girl was placed in our arms. She didn't cry at all, but she she studied us very intently. Her SWI director kept telling her we were her Mama and Baba and she would look at the correct one each time the director said that. We adopted Ling Ling the same day. We were told her name translated to mean "a unique clever girl" and she certainly is that. We called her Ling Ling for several days and added Claire to the end some. Eventually we called her Ling Ling Claire and when she was ready, just Claire. We decided to keep Ling as part of her name and she is now known as Claire Reagan Ling.

I can't describe to you adequately how much this wonderful child has enriched our lives. She makes us all smile and laugh every day. She is a constant source of joy and she has blessed us beyond measure. She is God's gift for our family.

The pictures above are from the first moments we got her and the one with the ball is after we got back in our hotel room. They were all taken on our Gotcha Day.

Here is our very short Gotcha Day video.

The picture below is from today. Two years later. Claire is 4 years old.


Staci said...

Happy 2 years!! And what an awesome two years has it been!! :)

Ariel said...

So crazy that two years ago we were all glued to the computer monitors waiting for those first pictures to come through! Claire, what a blessing you are to our lives!

Caroline said...

Oh, Keri, She's so beautiful! Wow! What a day that was :)
Caroline- Sarah Lu's mom; still waiting for Chayah

Cindy said...


I came across your blog from Salsa in China! Anyway, there is a pillow book of Hannah Montana that also has a page to put photos and is a washable diary!! Maybe she saw this! It was at Walmart and I also have seen it at Walgreens. It sells for about $20. It can also be used as a speaker pillow for an MP3 or CD player.

Good Luck,

P.S. We are looking for a "trick puppy" for our little blessing who will be 4 on Sunday!!

Andrea Nielsen said...

Claire is so beautiful and so happy. She is so blessed to have a wonderful family and I am so thankful that her beautiful face stirred something in me that brought me to Lillie. Blessings to you all. Andrea

LucisMomma said...

Happy Family Day!!!!

Donna said...

Beautiful happy smiley girl! And I absolutely love her name.

Happy Anniversary!

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Ashley and Mike said...

Wow, I cannot believe it has been 2 years. Your myadoption website has always been my favorite and it seems like it was yesterday. Also, the adoption world is small because Anna Claire's new little sis, Kate, was buddies with our little girl at Philip Hayden!