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August 23, 2008

August 23rd

August 23rd is a special day for us.  First of all, it's my mom's birthday.  Then it's Maddy's Gotcha day!  This year, it also happened to be the weekend of Gwen's travel group's 3rd anniversary.  That presents quite a dilemma for me:  What do I pay tribute to first?

Keeping things even for Gwen and Maddy is never easy and usually not practical.  I created a lovely "3rd Referral Anniversary" collage for Gwen's special day but didn't do this for Maddy because of all the other stuff going on that weekend.  I tried and tried but we've had Doctor appointments this week and we have another trip coming up in three days and there's just no way I'll be able to create something truly special for her.  Even though she totally deserves it.

This will have to do.  I think she's incredibly lovely though!  I hope everyone else can see how much she's grown in the two years we've been blessed to be her Mommy and Daddy. 

Maddy_2_gotcha_anniv_1

While we were in San Luis Obispo for Gwen's 3rd travel group reunion we had the chance to meet up with a family who also adopted from Maddy's orphanage (Qinzhou in Guangxi province).  Their little Eva was born just 2 months after Maddy and they were certainly friends at the orphanage before being sent to foster care and and ultimately being adopted.  I've been to the orphanage and I've seen where the toddlers live so I know they knew one another quite well.    But what was really amazing about this meeting is that both little girls are so similar in appearance, had nearly identical birth notes and were found in the same village just outside the larger Qinzhou city limits.    We don't think they're sisters but there's something really amazing going on here.  Maybe some day we'll figure out what it is.

Here's Eva and Maddy discussing Disneyland (Eva's going on her birthday!) and here are the girls sitting up high on the shoulders of their very handsome daddy! 

Maddy_2_gotcha_anniv_2

The moms (Hi Lisa!!) had fun during this meeting too.  I hope we'll see lots of Eva and her really nice family in the years to come!

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