Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Moments that Matter..

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away."

Three years ago today we saw Lia's face for the first time when we received our referral. After 8 1/2 months of waiting, that moment when she first popped up on the computer screen was one I will never forget. I have tried to put that moment into words, but have failed miserably. How can you express in words the moment your life began? The moment you found your purpose in life? The moment you first knew a mother's love...

She took my breath away the moment I first saw her...and she continues to take my breath away everyday. We are blessed beyond reason or expectation...and so very very thankful.

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Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

I think you put it into words beautifully!!

Happy Family Day!!!

I don't think I have ever seen Lia's referral pictures. I can only imagine the way you felt when you first saw her face.....breathless comes to mind....she is gorgeous!!

Love the photos that you chose for todays post...some of my all time favs!!

Enjoy your special day....I am sure the three years seems like a blink of an eye!!


Jboo said...

Oh Kate -- that brought tears to my eyes this morning! What a beautiful post! Lia's referral pictures are so lovely -- just a sweet little glimpse of the beautiful girl to come! Amazing that photos on a computer screen can evoke such strong feelings, isn't it! Enjoy your referral anniversary day!

Laura said...

Happy Referral Day, friend.


Doug and Terrye said...

That was such an anxious time, those three years ago when we were all waiting! She just keeps getting sweeter and sweeter :)

Terrye in FL

Kam said...

You are wonderful with words! Oh my. Lovely. God made her face absolutely LOVELY! Three years. How fast it must seem now~on this side of things. Enjoy your day and your sweet girl!

Kerry said...

Happy Referral Day! Baby Lia is adorable. Today is one of those anniversary days that will be etched in your mind forever.
You said it beautifully- that one moment changed you forever.

Black and White to Color!
Enjoy your Lia on this special day.

Bridget said...

Oh Kate - What a sweet,sweet post. you said it perfectly!I will forever remember the day we saw Lucy for the first time. It's hard to believe that a set of pictures can evoke such strong feelings and emotions and change your life forever! Lia's referral pictures are beautiful as are all the ones in the years that have followed! Happy Referral Day!! Enjoy the day with your sweet girl!

3 Peanuts said...

Oh those are perhaps the cutest referral photos I have ever seen. Lia is simply beautiful!!!!!

Happy Referral Anniversary!


Casey said...

Happy Day!!! Doesn't it go TOO fast??

What an adorable little peanut!! She was and is just beautiful. Enjoy your day together!

Krista ~ Bits and pieces said...

Beautiful photos, beautiful words, beautiful girl!!!!

Erin said...

I have goosebumps as I hear a bit of what that moment was like for you. "Meeting" your little baby daughter for the first time. And now you know her so well. All of those little things that only a parent can know about their child. It really is a miracle. How we are just wired to love each other before we even lay eyes on one another. I am so grateful that you shared this today, Kate. It helped me remember too, how that felt. It is what life is all about, isn't it? It is, I think, why that little baby was born in a manger... so that families could be brought together... and be with each other forever.

Lucy said...

Those have to be the most precious referral photos of all time. Lia is just beautiful. I love that second photo of her in her sleeper with that beautiful head of hair!
That day of seeing your baby for the first time is truly magical, isn't it? I think you put it into words beautifully! Happy Happy Referral Day!

Missy said...

Happy Referral Day and what a sweet tribute to your precious girl! She was a beautiful baby (no surprise there)! Her referral pics are precious! She is such a darling little girl and I know she is your world!

Donna said...

Oh my gosh! Just look at her! I love "then and now" pics. It makes me want to start digging through my archives right now!


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Jennifer said...

Okay...I am all choked up. Your words, the pictures and the music is perfect. What an amazing day that was. I am so happy to share it with you and your family!


Chris and Deb said...

These pictures of Lia are just priceless Kate! She is so gorgeous! These little girls are such incredible gifts to us as parents! We are all so blessed! I get tears with any referrals....they are all such miracles in the making! Congratulations on your referral day! Forever to be a special day in your lives!

Sue said...

Happy Referral Day! I love all the photos you posted. : )

Heather said...

Thank you for sharing this special day with all of us. Her pictures then and now continue to ooze the beauty and joy that is Lia. Enjoy celebrating your special girl:)