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Gotcha Day Letter to Emily 5-13-2012

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Posted to my personal blog but wanted to share

11 years ago today, we were in China on one of the most important mission of our lives.

We were on a mission to bring you home! Very excited, very scared, very nervous, but we were there and ready for our family to start growing. Little did we know all the changes that would really begin that day.

We were blessed with an amazing little girl that day. She was scared, unsure what was happening and very curious about everything going on around her. This little girl is growing up so fast, too fast really. She is growing into a beautiful young lady, very talented, athletic, artistic, gifted and overall an amazing person.

Watching you grow, and having the opportunity to guide you is a honor!

Remembering a time when you were still a small toddler, walking out of our bedroom with my shorts pulled up under your armpits, we all laughed so hard. SO SWEET! I could go on and on with the memories, but I won't.

Seeing your friendships develop over time, knowing that you are picking friends who are of great character, not just popular is rather amazing. Knowing that your character is growing and shaping into an amazing young woman, wow, how amazing, what an honor to watch and be a part.

I am looking forward to seeing where this journey called life takes you. I believe there are amazing things in store for you. God has given you amazing talents, I pray daily that those talents are used for the benefit of yourself and others. I pray that you will embrace the love of Jesus in your heart and hold that dear to your forever.

I am very proud of you Emily.

This picture was taken the day we got home and is STILL one of my favorite pictures of you.

This is a recent picture. You were amazing the day we brought you home and you're even more amazing today.

I love you and I'm proud to be your Daddy!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MISSLISA1973 6/27/2012 7:10AM

    How fantastic to see the love you and your family share.

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DEE797 6/22/2012 6:37PM

    Another beautiful blog. They both brought tears to my eyes.

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    Thanks for the happy tears,Jerome! God is absolutely amazing when He guides people(and when they listen to Him) thru life. Look at the beautiful girls He picked JUST FOR YOU!!

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    How lucky your little girl is to be so purposely loved. Beautiful letter.

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BMCKEOW1 5/21/2012 2:49PM

    That is so sweet. I actually teared up. You two look so happy together.

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CHUBRUB3 5/17/2012 6:10PM

    Happy Name Day Emily!
You have every reason to be proud of your daughter, just as she has every reason to be proud of you.

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ANDREA0301 5/17/2012 11:54AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this part of your life with us. Emily truly is an amazing young woman and the fact that you are her dad is no small part of her success. Here's to another 11+ amazing years with your dear daughter and lovely family!

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JANETRIS 5/17/2012 10:12AM

    What a story! You both look so happy in the pic! That was a beautiful letter you wrote to your dear daughter. You both must feel so blessed!

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OLDERDANDRT 5/17/2012 8:43AM

    This is so sweet! She's is blossoming into quite a lovely young lady! Congrats on a beautiful daughter!

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CALVIND 5/16/2012 4:52PM

    thanks for sharing. It is nice to see the love a father has for his daughter.

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JEREMY723 5/16/2012 10:50AM

    What a wonderful letter and story. Thanks for sharing with all of us!

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MANIKLODE 5/16/2012 10:43AM

    What a beautiful hommage to pay to your daughter! You brought tears to my eyes! Very toucching! emoticon

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THINGETTINOUT 5/16/2012 10:39AM

    What a beautiful testimony to you and your daughter my friend. She is an amazing young lady.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/16/2012 10:12AM

    emoticon Tears of joy. You have a wonderful, beautiful daughter. Adoption, especially international adoption is such a process but it is THE MORST worthwhile thing DH and I have done in our lives as well.

DS -- going to be 20 on Aug. 10. He came home to us on Feb. 23, 1993. We are so proud of him! He is going to be finishing up basic training in the army on 25 May then onto advanced training then graduation on 6 July. Brings tears to my eyes to see how much he's accomplished in his short lifetime.

DD -- 16 (going on 26 -- you'll see that happen with your DD, too, as she gets into the older teen years!) and came to us on Aug. 29, 1995. What a joy, what a beauty, what intelligence.

Both were adopted from Korea and we celebrate their Gotcha Days to this day!

HUGS to you and your precious DD.

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SPIDERGIRL6 5/16/2012 10:07AM

  Wow, that is very touching. I am presently waiting to adopt kids. Your blog caught my attention because of it. I hope to have the same chance as you did to be able to adopt a lovely little girl. It is to be noted that we are adopting in the province and not overseas, but it is still a big challenge. :)

have a good day and thanks for sharing your experience.

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ABSOLUTZER0 5/16/2012 10:05AM

    Thanks for sharing, bro! You have quite the young lady there. She is already changing the world. I can't wait to see the impact she continues to have on those around her and beyond.

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