Emily wore that pink birthday headband for her 9th birthday.
We took it out for sentimental reasons.
Maybe I should say I took it out for sentimental reasons.
WHERE DID THESE YEARS GO?!?
Someone told me -right after Emily came home from China - "The days are long, but the years are short."
I understood what they meant and have pondered those words in my heart.
I can still look at an old toy Emily played with or a craft she made (tucked away in her storage containers outside), and I'm immediately transported back in time.
I - just this week - handled the little storage bag that went on her first bicycle.
It's a tiny purple, Princess bike that had training wheels.
Mary was riding that bike until last year.
But I showed the little storage bag to Emily as I was tucking it away....and I could just sense the days gone by. I could have easily teared up. Actually I think I did.
I could feel those seasons of life, those years - all the fun, all the adventures, all the family and friends.
It literally makes my heart beat a bit faster...to remember and mentally re-live the moments when she was younger. When we were all younger....
I cannot bemoan the passing of time...quite frankly because there is nothing I can do about it.
We always strive for joyfulness, contentment of the moment, of the day.
With 3 adoptions of daughters who had lived lives in China before they ever came home to our family, it's always made me keenly aware to treasure each "day that the Lord hath made" -- with us together.
But I have a strong connection to the past. Very strong.
What I can do is rejoice in every single moment of time we have now -
-- to cherish these days together with all my girls...with family and friends...and to live our lives as gifts.
Emily is developing into such a silly, caring, helpful, disciplined, lovely, bright 16 year old. The joy she brings to us is overwhelming and exciting.
My little Mei Xia Ying is growing up, and I'm so grateful to our Heavenly Father that we have grown together.
Happy Birthday, my precious, precious girl.
I love you.
Marlene snd Nanny Carol joined us for Emily's Golden Birthday...16 on the 16th.
9 years old with same pink headband