Ten years ago, this very evening, a beautiful girl came to our house. She had already taken residence in our hearts.
Ten years ago, we became parents. We had custody of a 22 month old beauty. We had no manual. We had little day-to-day experience.
What we did have? Amazing love. Unconditional love. The desire to give her everything she needed, some of what she wanted. To show her how much we love(d) her by giving her limits and boundaries, providing a safe place to grow and be a little girl.
It's funny, in ten years that really hasn't changed. We still want to do those things. We cover her needs. We cover her wants...within reason. We love her unconditionally. We set limits and boundaries that allow her to become her true self, to learn and grow.
In ten years, we've gone from a family of three to a family of five. I can't imagine my life any other way. I can't remember what my life was even like 10 years ago yesterday. The only thing I can remember is that it wasn't nearly as full as it is today.
Today, we celebrate as a family, just as we do every other milestone. Without this anniversary, we wouldn't be FIVE, we wouldn't be complete.
Happy Gotcha Day to my precious family!