It was two years ago yesterday that we first met our second granddaughter, Soliana.
We met her as she came off a plane from Ethiopia holding tightly to her mama's shirt who was carrying her.
Imagine what was going through her little mind.
She had just left the only place she had ever known, a care center in Ethiopia.
She had left behind the nannies who had raised her and loved her so much and would surely be missing her.
What a wonderful meeting that was for John and I.
Another beautiful granddaughter.
The name, "Soliana" means Sunshine.
How fitting for this sweet little girl who was joining our family after the death of our grandson, Natnael.
She truly was the sunshine after the storm.
Yesterday we headed up to Oshkosh to celebrate our second Soliversary with her.
We started with a bike ride to Caramel Crisp, her choice, for lunch.
Soli enjoyed her grilled cheese.
After a great lunch, we rode our bikes over to the park.
Soli wanted to go "sailing" so that is what we did.
Courtney, Soli, and I went on one of those big bike type boats and Paul and Tiz went kayaking.
John stayed on land and took photos.
Soli just loved steering our boat.
She was really good at it, too.
After sailing, John, Soli and I went on the train.
Paul and Tiz were still in the kayak.
After the train, it was the merry go round.
On the way home we stopped at the globe to point to Ethiopia and then enjoyed popsicles back at Courtney and Paul's.
We ended our Soliversary with a gift of a new pink wiggle car, now both girls have one.
We also had pink cupcakes!
It was a wonderful way to celebrate our little sunshine, Soliana!
Happy Soliversary Soliana!
We love you so much.