Saturday, January 26, 2013


Today is a GREAT day!
Every year on January 26th we celebrate one of the most important dates ever.
The day we got her.
Long XiaoHua.
My sweet little flower.

Three years ago we got the spunkiest, loudest, bravest, smartest, bossiest, most wonderful 5 1/2 year old ever.  And our lives have changed for the BETTER!  It chokes me up every time I think about how much I love her.

Although the first few hours were very rough for her on this day three years ago, this might be her favorite day of the year.  She LOVES Gotcha Day!  She puts it on her school calendar and counts down the days!  When she came down this morning she looked at me with wide eyes and a big grin just waiting for me to say, "Happy Gotcha Day!!"  She did the same to her dad.

Izzy then:

Izzy now:


  1. Wow!!! Look how much she has grown. Please tell her the Richardson's say "Happy Gotcha Day" too! Elon is the same way, she loves "Elon Day" (this is what we call her special day)...This day always brings back those wonderful, & some funny, memories of that trip to China - glad we share these with you & all the other families - would love to see you guys again...Maybe one day :)

  2. that girl and love that we share such a special day! Happy gotcha day my friend (a few days late)