I can honestly say now that I love Hannah so dearly. Of course, I loved her before, before I even met her. But after we got her, I was under so much stress and anxiety, and was dealing with depression as well, that it was so hard to feel the love I had for her. I'm so thankful to feel that love now.
Today was such a nice day. We stayed home all day, just Hannah, Miles and me. I got up in a good mood, and decided to make a conscious effort to concentrate on the kids and the house today. Yes, even though I'm a "stay at home mom," I don't always focus on domestic things, and I don't always spend as much time as I think I should with my kids. But today was different. I enjoyed making them a breakfast of scrambled eggs and biscuits. I did lots of laundry today, and Hannah helped me, which she loves to do. Later Hannah and I sat on the couch and looked through a couple of her picture books, one about animals and one about the world in general. It was nice to just take that time out with her and not feel like I needed to get up and go get something done around the house. After the books, I laid down with Hannah until she fell asleep for her nap. When she got up, we all three had cookies and milk for an afternoon snack. Before supper, Hannah asked to clean off the table and chairs, so I handed her my bottle of vinegar and water and a washcloth, and she happily went about her task. After that, she sat on the counter while I did dishes, then stood on a stool and stirred the food on the stove.
When Chip got home, we ate, then Chip took Miles to the store to spend some of his allowance on silly bands, so Hannah and I got some more one-on-one time together for about 45 minutes. She was crying when her baba and gege left, but she cheered herself up by brushing her teeth with her new electric Hello Kitty toothbrush. She probably used it ten times today, she loves that thing so much!
Hannah is learing so many new words lately. She now says "ok," " I love you, too," and "hurt," in addition to a few others. She understands so much, it's amazing! It's fascinating to watch this little girl who had never heard English words before she was 4 years old, now learning this new language, slowly dropping the Chinese words for the new English ones.
Looking at Hannah's face today, I felt so strongly, so clearly that God meant this little girl for us. To say she is special to me is such an understatement. She came to me in such a special way, and she has touched me in ways that have no words to be expressed. She is truly my daughter, and I love her with all my heart.