Hello? Anybody still there? If you are still hanging on with us even after a 3 month blogging break, you are amazingly faithful!
On Saturday we celebrated a very special day for our family. It was the one year anniversary of the day that we arrived home together, as a family. I affectionately call it Mikayla Day. It is almost surreal to think about how quickly time has flown by. Wasn't it yesterday that we were in Ethiopia just after their celebration of Christmas? Wasn't it yesterday that they put this sweet little girl in our arms forever? It hasn't been an easy year by any stretch. I would venture to say that it has been the hardest year I have ever experienced. It has been a transforming year for all three of us, and change isn't easy. We have stretched and grown in countless ways. Even with (or perhaps, because of) these growing pains, this year has also been the biggest blessing imaginable.
In addition to extra snuggles, hugs, kisses, and prayers of thankfulness, we celebrated by heading out to a local Ethiopian restaurant. The food and family time were great, and I love that we got another picture by the Christmas tree decorated for the Ethiopian celebration of Christmas.