It's hard to believe that I have been holding this precious girl in my arms for one month! Yesterday (July 17th) was one month since Gotcha Day - today is one month since our adoption was finalized in China! In some ways it feels like forever-ago and others it feels like yesterday! Makenna is adjusting to our family so well, it is clear that she was perfectly picked by God to be a Benner! Our prayers have been answered. Now... that is not to say everything is "peaches-n-cream", we definitely have our moments. This is a time of adjustment for everyone! It has been a long time since we had a four year old. Meals, bedtime, playtime and even a ride in the car have a whole new dimension. But... for the most part... we are all loving our new "normal". This little girl has captured our hearts - our lives are richer, funnier, more challenging and our relationships are getting deeper. There is nothing that can make our heart flutter like hearing a little girl in broken English say "Amen" after dinner prayers, sing Jesus Loves Me before bedtime or belt our our family's beloved theme song with the rest of us. She is home and we are one month into our forever. Yesterday was a good day to capture some fresh pictures... not that I'm biased or anything -- but isn't she just beautiful???
We are a family of four answering God's call for us to adopt - we are on our way to being a family of FIVE! We have been blessed in so many ways - 14 years of marriage to my best friend - 2 amazing children ready to welcome home their sister that waits for us in China. We welcome you to follow our journey through this blog!