It was 4 years ago today, in Nanning, China, that a very scared and shocked Dumpling was placed in my arms. There was no crying, the water in her eyes never formed into a tear, she was just in shock.
Fast Forward and she is now a stunning 5 year-old. In the first year after she was home, she would watch the video I had made of the adoption trip. Then, somewhere after the first anniversary, she didn't want to watch it anymore and we didn't push it. But there have been issues lately that made me thing she might want to see it again. So as a way to commemorate the 4th anniversary of our Family Day, she got to pick the dinner menu (chicken stir fry with rice, confetti cupcake with icing AND sprinkles) and after dinner, we snuggled on the couch and watch the movie.
This time, she was ready. She was cuddly and asked questions and kept hugging and kissing me. And when I put her to bed, I gave her an old Chinese coin I had bought on the trip and accidentally found today in a major fit of decluttering (more on that saga tomorrow). It seemed too coincidental that I found it today, so I gave it to her. And for the first time in a very long time, her response was truly genuine. She gave men the warmest hug and thanked me, then she tucked it in a special drawer so her sister wouldn't get to it.
4 years. Where does the time go?