It was four years ago today that we met our little Sunshine, Soliana for the first time.
We first saw her in a photo about four months before we actually met her and that photo is all we had for those first months.
Here is what we first saw in that photo:
Much the way that expectant parents fall in love with an ultrasound photo, so we fell in love with this precious face.
The time went slowly as we waited for the day that Courtney, Paul, and Tizita would go and bring our Soliana home.
The wheels turn slowly in the adoption process and patience is needed.
Finally, the day came.
The Van Auken family spent about a week in Ethiopia with Soliana and then they brought her home.
This is the girls waiting in the DC airport on their way home.
This is the best sight.
Our first glimpse of Soliana getting off the plane in the loving arms of her family.
What a wonderful feeling.
They are all safely here in America.
They are all together as a happy family.
The long awaited day had finally arrived.
This little lady has lived up to her name.
Soliana means Sunshine and Soli is our little Sunshine.
She is always happy, always smiling.
We love her so, so much.
Families are built in many different ways, ours was built through adoption and we could not be more in love with these little girls no matter what.
We are truly blessed by them.
God is good.
Happy 3rd Soliversary, Soliana!