...I first got to hold my Talley. As you may know, I wasn't in love with her referral pictures, and I really wasn't sure about how I was going to feel when I first saw her. When we first got to the Guangdong Register of Adoption, we saw a group of babies and children and our travel group (including myself) was convinced that those were our babies. I thought I recognized Tahlia and was struck by how big she was. This wasn't a baby, this was a toddler. A toddler who was walking already. This was not at all what I had imagined her to be like and I didn't feel like this was my child what-so-ever. The other parents in our group were so excited when we were waiting in that small room to receive our children, but I was so apprehensive. When they called our name, Matt had to literally push me forward. I remember walking up to the door, being so afraid that I was going to reject this child. Then the orphanage director brought in this adorable, little baby with the chubbiest cheeks and the prettiest smile. This was my Tahlia! It was not the little girl I had seen earlier; this was my daughter. I took her in my arms and cried happy, happy tears:
Yes, I was in love:
Tahlia, three years ago I became your mommy and I am so glad you came into our lives. Your smile lit up our world then and it still does today. Thank you for being such a happy and funny girl and for making our family complete. We love you so much!