Saturday, May 30, 2009

Presley's Gotcha Day!!

It was a year ago today that we first met Presley! I can't believe it has been a year! It was just the evening before that we saw her picture for the first time. The moment I saw her picture I felt a total rush and just KNEW that she was my daughter! It was unlike anything I have ever felt. They brought her into the Civil Affairs Office asleep. When she woke she was NOT happy to see us! You can see our videos toward the end of this post.

PRESLEY THEN


The two pictures below are pictures we took right after we met her for her Chinese passport and the official "family picture."

The pictures below were taken that first night together. Derek had to catch a plane and head home just 2 hours after he met Presley. I put her in her crib and she played for at least 2 hours before she fell asleep! She had so much fun and she wasn't really sure what to do with a doll! She kept picking it up and dropping it. I think she was trying to figure out if it was alive or not!!

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PRESLEY NOW!!
Here she is wearing the clothes we got her in 1 year ago. They actually almost fit, but are just a little too short. What is amazing is how much her foot has grown!! She LOVES shoes and was very upset that she couldn't get the "new" shoes on her feet!!

Presley has fit into our lives almost seamlessly. Our journey to Presley was a lot more emotional than we had planned. But looking back we wouldn't have changed anything! We are so grateful for our experience with Lexi. We are so happy that Lexi is getting the care she needs and we will be forever grateful to her for what she has taught us and how much our hearts have stretched and grown by knowing her.
Presley brings joy to our lives everday. In this past years she has learned to crawl, walk, run, jump, and talk!! Wow!! She has come so far! We love you so much Presley!!!!!

11 comments:

ellie said...

oh Amy, I am reliving all the emotions with you. Presley sparkles - what a precious daughter you have been entrusted with.

Happy Gotcha Day Presley!

ps I often think of the naming quandry you were in with Lexi - isn't it interesting that Presley's name was meant for her and not for Lexi??!!

Bobbi Jo said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. I have SO enjoyed reading about Miss Presley this year. So happy she is doing so well.

Heather BT said...

What a joy filled year it's been too.
Blessings on your next one!

Jill said...

Wow! It's amazing what a year brings. For instance how much her hair has grown & how tall she has become. I couldn't imagine your life (or even ours via cyberspace) without her. What a blessing!
JillM

Waitingfaithfully said...

Happy Gotcha Anniversary sweet Presley! My how you have changed and grown! I love the precious smiles from day one Amy, she's such a happy girl! You guys received Presley the very day that we left China with Teddi . . . what precious May blessings we have!

Love from Texas~

Tina

Gwen said...

Wow, I can't believe it's been a year! I remember following your journey and wondering if we would ever get to China to pick up Sarah!
I'm so glad I found your blog and that we've been able to chat and become friends! :)
Presley is a beautiful little girl and she has just blossomed!
Happy gotcha day anniversary! The best is yet to come! :)

Kay Bratt said...

That is so sweet, I love the doll picture-- brings back memories of my own babies in China.

David and Sarah said...

Congratulations on one year together! How wonderful!

Steph said...

It's just amazing how much a child can grow when they have the love of a family! The time does pass quickly...it's almost 6 months since we adopted Grace!

Take care!

judgeseven said...

It all comes flooding back...

I so enjoy following Ms. Presley and her family via the blog!

I did not realize that we had the same guide in China... you were in Xian??? How did I miss that????

Hope this year brings Joy by the bucket loads for all of you! Rebel

Sarah said...

What a beautiful girl..and a beautiful family.

Presley's Adoption Timeline

  • 8/15/2007 - Received referral for Geneva!
  • 9/13/2007 - Sent LOI (letter of intent) to our agency
  • 9/29/2007 - LOI was sent to China!
  • 10/08/2007 - LOI was delivered to the CCAA in China
  • 10/29/2007 - PA (pre-approval) was issued!!
  • 1/15/2008 - DTC (dossier to China)
  • 1/18/2008 - Dossier delivered to CCAA
  • 1/25/2008 - LID (log-in date)
  • 4/1/2008 - LOA (letter of acceptance)
  • 4/25/2008 - CCAA issues TA (travel approval)
  • 5/22/2008 - Leave for China!!!
  • 5/25/2008 - Met our sweet Lexi!
  • 5/26/2008 - Discovered Lexi had brain damage
  • 5/30/2008 - Met precious Presley!
  • 6/7/2008 - Arrived home

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