Monday, June 24, 2013

Five things about Joelle

Five things you should know about Joelle:

1.  She dances all.the.time- literally.  So far she has danced her way through Honduras and Utah.  If she sees a mirror or hears a song, you can be sure she will be shakin' that booty!  It is also her official "exit" when she leaves a room.

2.  To help her understand the Tooth Fairy, we used Tinkerbell as an example.  So to Joelle, Tinkerbell is the Tooth Fairy :)

3.  Joelle truly has childlike faith.  She is pretty bold when it comes to talking about Jesus, singing worship songs, or praying in public.  I really do admire this about her.  Last night I actually prayed that I would be bold like my daughter... who is 3 years old.  I know I could use some childlike faith that keeps me from worrying about what other people think!

4.  She loves to love.  Seriously, our girl would rather cuddle than play most days.  She is a hugger, back-scratcher, lap-sitter, hand-holder, and all of the above.  We are so thankful for that!

5.  Even though Joelle came to us as a 3 year old, we are still getting a lot of "firsts" with her.  Almost everything she experiences is something new, that she has never seen or done before.  Many times my mommy heart aches because I didn't get to hold her as a baby, watch her walk for the first time, see her teeth grow in, hear her first words.  BUT, then something happens that quickly reminds me how blessed I am to have her NOW... like the first time she played in the splash-pad.  I will NEVER forget the look on her face, hearing her giggle and say "WOW!!!", or the way she danced through the streams of water :)




So, for all those days that I missed in her life... the pure joy I see on her face NOW makes up for that.  This is my daughter... a little girl full of dancing, imagination, love, and so much more!

14 comments:

  1. What an absolutely beautiful post!!

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  2. My goodness, why do I always end up with happy tears in my eyes when I'm over here? I wish you so many more touching firsts with Joelle.

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  3. I'm totally with you Christi! I think I cry every time I read a post from them! You guys are such an inspiration and I can't wait to see new posts from you! Thanks for sharing about how good our God is! Joelle is an amazing gift from God!
    Karen Rowland
    Adventures With Firsties

    karenrowland112677@yahoo.com

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  4. Oh my word, she has such an adorable smile. The pink bathing cap is precious. She is such a blessing, enjoy every minute.
    Tammy
    Primary Paradise

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  5. Oh Amy, I just cried reading this. It just comforts my heart to read your mommy stories! Thank you for sharing!!
    Amanda

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  6. Seriously so precious! What a blessing she is. I just adore her little "booty shake"!!!

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  7. I love following your blog! I totally get what you say too. The week out adoption was final I cried a lot and my husband thought I was a little crazy. I went through a little mourning because I missed so many firsts, carrying them and experiencing their births. It's a different emotion that many don't understand but I totally do. Our kids are now 16, 14, and 13 and have been ours for nine years. It's been a journey that only God could plan!

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  8. Your posts always help remind me of how good the Lord is and how there is hope and joy in everything if we look for it. Thanks for sharing your life with all of us.

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  9. She is such a beautiful little girl! I love the pictures and videos that you post. God is so good and your story is proof that when we let go and let God he leads us where we need to be. :)

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  10. Beautiful, the story and your precious daughter! SO happy for you and your family!!!

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  11. I wish I could have met you while you were here in Utah! Looks like you had a blast :) your little Joelle is the most precious thing ever!!

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  12. So beautiful. I am all a mush over here! Just adorable.

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  13. I am in love with your heart! What an amazing gift you are to Joelle and Joelle is to you! I admire your faith, strength, and love.

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  14. This is beautiful, Amy! It brought tears to my eyes. What a blessing she is to you, and you to her. :)

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