Anyway, every day I am amazed at our little angel. I often forget that just a few short months ago she was in an orphanage and not with our family! In that short amount of time, she's learned to walk (more than just a few steps - she's so close to walking exclusively!), sign a handful of words ("milk" being her favorite), eat solids (she loves goldfish crackers and can feed them to herself), and to just love and be loved. When we first went to the orphanage, she didn't even know how to be held on the hip or how to play with toys. It just brings me so much joy to watch her blossom before our very eyes. It makes me sad to think of how much she missed out in those first years of her life. But I thank God that she is with a family now and for the rest of her life!
A couple of days ago, we had the privilege of having the Hollis family over for lunch. It was Lydia's Christmas wish to meet Darya! How sweet is that? It was wonderful to finally meet their beautiful family in person, and I just loved seeing Lydia with Darya! They truly are a wonderful family and we are so grateful to them and everyone who helped us to bring Darya home with our family. I have to brag on their kids for a moment - they were all super polite and sweet, and Hope and Charlie are absolutely adorable! Hopey gave Joel and me the best bear hugs! And the boys were excited they got to play a little football with Caleb :-)
Now for some pics and short videos (once again, pardon the poor photo quality - they're still a bit fuzzy from the pool incident :-/ ):
Our Christmas gift this year! Remember the name "Darya" is similar to the Greek word for "gift"? That's our sweet little girl!
Lydia and Darya!
The Hollis and Fick kids - good lookin' bunch of kids, if I may say so!
Look what I'm wearing!
Dancing to Christmas tunes
"Playing" Legos with her brothers
"Leaf me alone Mom, I'm busy!"
Walkabout the house (she's a bit raspy sounding due to a slight cold) - look at her go!