Last year - this was shortly after we met Stella and her nanny in the hotel lobby.
Oh my - just look at that sweetness! Mama had a new cup to give her and food was the way to her heart (kind of still is!). Our meeting came with smiles, no forceful placements into my arms. We took our time and got to know each other until it was time to take her up to our room. Then the tears came... Thankfully she was easily comforted and went into full on play mode.
This window - I'll always remember as a place of comfort for the both of us.
Wiped out finally from all the day brought to her. She was so heavy, but it was the best feeling holding her sleeping in my arms.
And NOW! Just look at this thriving little girl! We missed her second birthday by just a week so this year we celebrated big (like the 1st, 2nd and 3rd birthdays combined big!!!). Stella Claire is so loved and a cherished daughter. I took these pictures of her today - 3 years old now - she's grown so much this past year. We are so very thankful to New Day for her care before God brought us together. Because she knew love, she has opened her heart to love again.
Presenting - the many faces of our beautiful girl:
Happy one year together!