we held our sweet little pea for the first time. I can't believe it has already been one year since I first kissed those cheeks! I can still remember all of our excitement, nervousness, and anticipation of meeting our son for the first time!!! Oh, wow!!! What an awesome, unforgettable moment. Holding Eli for the first time was probably one of the most incredible moments of our lives. It was absolutely perfect. Pure love and joy. Eli was only 4 months old and an itty bitty 10lbs!!
Little did we know at that time that we would be making 3 more trips to Guatemala over the next several months! Through a garage sale, other fundraising parties, generous donations from friends/family/complete strangers, selling stuff on ebay, 2 minor car accidents (insurance $$!!), a second job, the IRS, and lots of scrimping and saving, we were able to make these trips possible. Though, these trips were absolutely priceless in so many, many ways. The other day, Jason was showing Eli some pictures from one of our visit trips and telling Eli the story behind each picture. At that moment, I was reminded of how much we experienced over the past year waiting for Eli, of all the incredible memories and stories we have to share with him, and how much we really were a part of his first year of life. It is all part of our story of becoming a family and it is pretty awesome! Our journey to becoming a family is just as important as life together as a family.
This slide show is LONG, but how do you narrow down hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of pictures?!?!?! So, grab your coffee, settle into that comfy chair, and enjoy!