3/16/16 - she was standing by the door when we arrived, eagerly waiting for us. for somebody. she had no idea who "we" were. she was timid & quiet, but warmed up easily. she was this tiny girl in a bright pretty dress with a freshly shaved head. she wore a handmade drape to cover her obviously infected wound. she fidgeted with our jewelry, was amazed by our camera, & inhaled the biscuits we brought her. she didn't know english. we fumbled through the visit, smitten yet overwhelmed. she seemed mostly pleased but understandably unsure. & we were, too. it was awkward. she tired easily. // today, this same child has emerged. she is loud & resilient & confident & impressive & startlingly beautiful. & she has completely embraced us as her family, all while seeming to age at least three years over the past 365 days. it's been such a beautiful & hard season, but when i found her asleep on the couch this evening, worn out from OT & ballet, i remembered just how far she has come. what a gift it is to be the one. // side note: exactly two years ago to the day, we announced our commitment to adopt via instagram - such a neat detail. to God be the glory).