Five years ago, a screaming little banshee was handed over to me. This was one sad, angry little girl and I hadn't even begun to realize just how traumatized she was.
In a couple weeks Piper will turn 7. We have come a long, long, long way. I am the luckiest of mothers to have been chosen for this child. I do not deserve her.
Each year she grows more beautiful, more loving, more kind, more gentle. I adore her. I couldn't say that five years ago. But the Lord is good and gave me the love I asked of Him in order to love her. People think I saved Piper,the fact is she saved me. Our relationship is different than with my other children. My life is sweeter because she is in it. Pure sweetness, never in a bad mood, obedient, funny, compassioinate to others, humble and always wanting to please. This child has a servant's heart. I pray I can nourish and encourage her to develop this gift.
I am always discovering something new about Piper and just how special she is. I thank God for her. She completes me and fills a void in my life that could never be filled. My sweet, precious daughter whom I thought I could never love has filled my cup to overflowing. I love, love her.
I hope you enjoy some of these photos from her first 5 years. Those very difficult, heart wrenching first years,the years of embrace and then the years of acceptance and pure love. I think you will notice the change in her through these.
Our first look at Wan Wan
several months later we received an update with this photo. boy, girl, boy?? she always looked so solemn especially with a hurt eye.
Then right before we were going to travel we received this lovely breathe of fresh air. Piper's look in this photo saved me later as I would always refer back and know she could smile.
And.... our first in person sight of Piper! Whoa was she full of sadness and anger.
The next day.... the happy family. heh
Pinching daddy. She clung to him like a leech. She would also bite and pinch him. I don't blame her. At all. Poor thing.
After being with us for a week and a half, she still continued to cry all day and at night if she woke up. My man was a hero. truly. It was August and hot as Hades.
Piper had an extremely difficult time for that first year. She cried daily for months. Her hands would shake constantly from trauma and post traumatic stress.
Not much made her smile. She was the saddest little girl I had ever seen.
So we just barely functioned many days.
But after that first year. Things began getting a little better. She stopped shaking and crying all the time. She started doing things. She began playing and talking to us bit by bit. Like a little bud she began to open.
She loved horses but at times just went through the movements.
But for a while she remained solemn. She had a lot of grieving and healing to do.
But she adored her sister! This sister helped her sometimes more than I could. Helped her to learn the ropes and showed her she could laugh again. We started seeing another side to Piper... a nutty michevious, funny side. It was heaven.
And she learned....
slowly but surley... she realized it was going to be ok
She had her sister whom she adores, her mama who adores her and who she now adores ;) and her daddy and brothers.
In fact, she became settling in so well in the second and third year a lot of mischievousness snuck out!
My little Fat cheeked girl
What the blazes is that?
She began to learn.
And she began to grow in grace and beauty.
still maintaining that bit of mischievousness
Oh yes. She was gettin' the hang of this now
well, most of the time.
My little comedian
My little beauty
My happy girls with messy mouths!
My hat wearing girl
My super girl always finding a way to enjoy life
My concentration girl
My little beauty so graceful, so lovely and so full of compassion.
Always with her own unique style
her own personality
Happy Gothca Day Piper! We adore, love and cherish you. You are mama's precious blessings from the Lord. Thank you for being my daughter.
Here are some photos of Piper from her first months months and years in China. I am so thankful to the orphanage for these! I got dozens of them from her first 2 years of life.
Oh how I wish I could have held her at this age. It would have made all the difference. this is why I tell others to do their paperwork as quickly as possible.
One of her Lifebook pages
Killin' two birds with one stone.
Her little bowl. This was in many photos. I can't not even imagine how she moved around so bundled. Except her round face, She is a small child!
Let's bundle her just a little more. I have always wondered what in the heck is on her arms?
and..... her bowl again.
Nice coat babushka.
This is WanWan looking at our picture. She is concentrating hard, wondering "What is this lady next to me talking about?" She had no idea. You can't explain this to a two year old. Can image telling your two year old that a family is coming to take them from all they know and to another country where they will live with them ? It was shortly after this we came to get our daughter ~ forever.