Saturday, March 15, 2014


Charlotte Lee Wei & Bethany Lin Capri
"A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life."
I've always wanted daughters, ever since I was a little girl I dreamed of the day of having a family and all of my daughters ( I think at one point I wanted 8 daughters, now thinking 4 may be a good number and a son would be a blessing as well).  As a young girl a dreamed of adoption, I played with my dolls each one different yet perfect in their own way.  Often friends would question how these baby dolls could be sisters, they don't look alike.  I would confidently say "you don't need to look alike to be sisters" and I would take the time to explain adoption and how one day this would be how my family would look.
This photograph gives me chills, for one it beautifully captured my most precious gifts, my beautiful daughters, but in a selfish way I see my lifelong dream became a reality.  I am so blessed to have these two beautiful girls,  so lucky that God trusts me to be their mother, and all the years ahead to watch them grow.  My daughters may not look like each other but God knew all along that they were meant to be together. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

Forever a Family

One year ago, on March 3rd  she was placed in our arms, and our lives were forever changed.  We are so thankful for this sweet, beautiful, smart, funny, happy, loving, strong, sassy, outgoing, little girl.  A year ago she was an orphan and today she is a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, classmate, friend, and goddaughter.  She has changed our lives and continues to bring sunshine into everyone's days.  How can you not love this little girl.  We are beyond blessed that God chose us to be her parents.  We are forever grateful, today and everyday of our lives.  

Gotcha Day Celebration: Part 3

We couldn't throw a party without cake!  We ordered this special Gotcha Day cake from our favorite local bakery, Round Rock Donuts. They make the yummiest donuts and cakes too!  The Lottie Lee special- vanilla icing with vanilla cake.  It was delicious and we ate it all in less then 24 hours.  

And it was the perfect ending to a perfect celebration!  Happy Gotcha Day Lottie Lee We love you!

Gotcha Day Celebration: Part 2

Tonight we celebrated Lottie's Gotcha Day with close friends. We decorated the dining room with Gotcha Day memories and tons of photos.  Thanks again to Minus One Designs for the fabluous Gotcha Day banner we can use every single year!  Since it was a Monday, we kept it small but special none the less. 

We invited her best friend from school Lyla and many who have been a part of our story from the beginning including the Head family, Roy & Krystle, and Lottie's Godmother Kim.  On the way home from school, we explained to Lottie that some people were coming to celebrate with us, but she didn't truly understand until she saw them standing on our doorstep.  She was especially excited to see her best friend Lyla and her teacher Tiana and her wonderful family husband Eric, son Ryan and daughter Cami.  

We celebrated with pizza & cake and a little wine for the adults.  It was just so very special and found myself tearing up at times.  We are so blessed to have our daughter, but all of these people who have become part of our family has made it even more special.  Lottie had a blast running around and playing with her friends. 

Gotcha Day Celebration: Part 1

Today was our one year anniversary of Lottie Lee's Gotcha Day.  What a special day for our family, in a way it feels like yesterday our sweet daughter was placed in our arms, yet we cannot even remember our lives without her.  Lottie started her special day with a new outfit.   She is getting to the age to have an opinion and really enjoys "fancy" outfits anything with a tutu will do. The tee shirt was from Minus One Project, (check out their blog what a fabulous company) which coordinated nicely with a pink tutu.  Lottie was thrilled!  

She doesn't understand the magnitude of this day but we kept referring to it as her very special day. She was excited to bring cupcakes to school and celebrate with all her friends.  We also sent a special book about adoption, which her teacher, Tiana was able to read during circle time.  We want to make a BIG deal about her gotcha day and to embrace how she became a part of our family. On March 3, 2013 will always be a very important day in our family's story.   

Although I was sad to send her to school, I knew how special it would be for her to celebrate with all her friends, it also gave me plenty of time to reflect on this past year and how far we all have come.  More Gotcha Day posts to come!  I have a party to decorate for!