Friday night we took the kids and our friend Sandy to GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond. Annamarie's "Gotcha Day" (anniversary of her adoption) is on December 15, and for the past few years we have celebrated it with a trip to "the lights" and dinner at Red Robin. We bundle up and traipse through the freezing cold oohing and ahhing at the beautiful lighted creations, then we get hot chocolate. The kids run through a maze of lights over and over (it's not much of a challenge to them anymore) and then we head into the conservatory to see the giant Christmas tree. This year it was decorated in a peacock theme with beautiful blues, greens and purples.
It was a nice celebration of our sweet girl's ninth Gotcha Day. What a long way she's come since that first Christmas with us.
She sang in church today with the children's choir, and she was by far the most enthusiastic participant.
Nine years ago tomorrow was one of the happiest days of my life. I love you, Ree Ree.