We go back re-visiting all of the wonderful and special moments, the ones that take your breath away and just marvel in the experience that we had. It is now really a complete circle. God led us (all three of us) down the path to what has brought us together as a family. Me meeting Trish, her having cancer, and then the knock-down blows from other tries at adoption and then Holt who matched Sophie with us, the love of our lives.
We miss Viet Nam and we know our girl does too. All the great times we had with the Ducker family, it just is like a dream that we never want to wake up from. We even have a beckoning cat for Sophie, while it might not be a Vietnamese thing, it sure brings us back to that one restaurant in Ha Noi and the wild goose chase the street lady led us on to find one (long story but go into the December 2008 posts and you will find it!). We miss the special people in Vietnam. We miss the Holt staff and the whole experience....it was just simply fantastic. For those that have ever considered foreign adoption or are in the stages of doing it, there is no other way to go than Holt. Period, end of story. We hope and pray that someday the red tape is cut and we can have another child from this beautiful country that WE are so lucky to be matched with. We are still told how lucky Sophie is, but it is the complete opposite. WE are the lucky ones to have her. WE are the ones that thank God every night as we stand over her bed and pray, just marveling at the peace, joy and love we now have.
We are very excited to be re-uniting with Jackie, Rich and Mya over Independence Day. A dual trip to meet my oldest sister Diehnee and her tribe in NJ and to let these two angels (Sophie an Mya) from Viet Nam spend their first 4th of July together. We could not think of anything better.
Sophie is doing so very well and bonded with us both 100%. The anxiety she showed in the past for me is now long gone (Thanks for the words of support Thomas!!!) She KNOWS we are her forever family and we have so many people to thank for the gift that they have given us. I just do not know how to express what this one little girl has given us. She makes us complete. We love you Sophie Lee-Nguyen Belz.... With all our hearts!!!!!!
Sophie and Mommy, their first moments on Gotcha' Day. 12/9/08. A sad & happy day for all three of us as well as a foster family and the Holt staff in VN...
The first picture that we every took of our daughter. The lady pictured was her primary care giver when she was at the CWC in Binh Duong.
The special foster mother (and her family) who we still think and pray about every day. Some day we hope we can re-unite. We send them pictures and letters via Holt so they can know how well is adapting with her forever family. God Bless them all!
One of the first videos of Sophie.......look in the background on the bench. That is a member of her foster family, that we can only assume is an older foster brother as he is in other pictures we have.
The newest citizen of the United States...Wheels down @ LAX.....
One of the very special people we met while in Viet Nam. An employee of The Vine in Ha Noi. Such a wonderful place.
One of the priceless photos...if only we knew what they were saying. A picture is worth MORE than 1,000 words......
The flight to the rest of our lives.
The sign on the CWC in Binh Duong... I can only imagine that it says "FINDING FAMILIES FOR CHILDREN" under the logo. That they did....that they did!
Proof that yes, you CAN carry 541 birds on the back of a motor bike :-)
The Belz family outside the Department of Justice in Binh Duong after our G&R ceremony.
Hoping you all have a great weekend!!!!