A year ago we received our official adoption approval from China. We wouldn’t travel for a few more months but as far as paperwork goes she was ours, it was done. At that point we were able to send Lola a care package and a birthday cake. Lola’s birthday was in January but we were not allowed to send anything at that time. So last year Lola celebrated her birthday, with her first birthday cake ever, in March. I haven’t shared many pictures of Lola in the orphanage, we don’t have many of her life before us. The pictures we do have are a precious glimpse and perfect reminder of what life was like in the years before family. The thing that makes me overwhelmingly happy about her pre-us pictures is that while she sometimes looks thin and pale she always wears a smile. I’m so thankful that this year she ate cake at home with her family but when I see the sweet faces in the background I can’t stop wondering if their day will ever come. Maybe I’ll just start sending them cakes. Ugh. I don’t know, but as we ponder if our family is complete we also have to ponder what our role is in the lives of those left behind.
So here’s a sweet glimpse into Lola’s life this time last year. When she learned a family was coming for her.