Tuesday, February 26, 2008

In our Arms forever one month ago. . WOW!

She has been in arms forever one month now. It is difficult for me to put in words all that she is, what I have learned from her and this experience, and what she has brought to our family.

First off let me describe Lucia's personality or should I say "Wow she has a lot of personality!" which has been said many times since our friends and our family have gotten to meet Lucy Jane.

I asked Lucia's foster mom to describe her in one word and she said PERFECT. If I had to describe her in one word it would be JOYFUL!

But that is not all let me round out the list with:

Feisty, independent, funny, interactive, social, captivating, sweet, persistent, and FULL OF PERSONALITY!

She has so much personality and is so social that when I am in Costco I feel like I am shopping with J Lo in my cart. She acts as if she is on a float waving and smiling at EVERYONE who walks by. People are simply captivated by her and can't help but stop and interact. I feel like the paparazzi are going to start following me.

Since Lucia has been home she has had some milestones and changed.
* Tonight was the first night she took a real bath in the tub! She has been terrified of the bath. We have gradually worked her into it through sink baths and lots of sponge baths. I was so proud of her tonight so brave and in the tub. In Guatemala our Foster mom did not do baths only sponge baths.
* She is almost crawling. She scoots backwards, and rolls around the floor.
* She has gotten two teeth on the bottom. Of course you wouldn't know she has been teething through her disposition since she has been so cheerful and happy almost every moment since she has arrived!
* She signs when she is "all done" in the highchair. And is starting to learn "more."
* She is eating avocados, peas, sweet potatoes, bananas, beans, crackers, peaches, pears, and lots of blueberries!

What I have learned from Lucia and our adoption journey-
- She has brought me to my knees in prayer.
- She makes me smile and laugh all day long!
- She has taught me how to smile and interact with total strangers.
- She has shown me Joy in its purest form. She truly is the happiest human I have ever known in my life.
- She has shown me in amazing ways that God is so faithful and good. And prayer is REAL!
-The love between siblings does not have to be biological. Families really are built on love, I know it sounds cheesy but it is so true.
- She has helped me stop the daily chores and focus on relationships and time together, the dishes can wait!
- Dressing a baby girl is all it is cracked up to be! Maybe one of the most fun things I've ever done!
-Lucia loves Faces more than anything! Her eyes light up when she sees another person. People are really the most important reason that we are here. It is all about relationships!

She is beautiful in every way and her joyful spirit shines through. Her name means light in the world and I believe she is going to do that. She is such a precious little baby girl. Thank you God for this sweet spirit we will do the best we can to raise her to love YOU and bring light into this world. Lucia I love you so much. I still can't believe I get to be your mommy.
Here are some of my favortie pictures and moments from the first month with Lucy Jane!


The Boggs Family said...

My oh my... Darcy, you leave the best posts! I cannot believe it has already been a month! "WOW" has to be about the only thing that comes to mind and is so fitting to be in your subject title. She IS Miss personality and absolutely a child that bubbles over with joy and light. We are still, over the top, ecstatic for you guys to finally have her home.... forever.

The Boggs Family said...

Ok and wait, one last thing... how did you get her to start signing for "all done" and "more" ??... we are working with Maggie on "more" but so far she hasn't quite caught on. I have been looking into material on baby signing thinking we could start with Maggie but also teach Jack - anything in particular you'd recommend that has been a good tool for teaching this? Thanks!

TNKerry said...

A beautiful post about an absolutely adorable little girl and her loving family :)

whitney tampien said...

I can't believe it's been a month!! It feels like we JUST drove out to the airport to meet her for the first time. That was such a great post, Darc. You are such an amazing mom. I love that Lucy has taught you how to interact better with total strangers... do you think she can teach me that sometime?! :)

Amanda said...

That is one beautiful, HAPPY girl! What a blessing. And your boys look pretty crazy about her too. I'm so glad that she is home with you.

Amanda-- Gabi's mom

JeffandKatyRiddell said...

She is precious!!! We are so excited for your whole family.

The gFamily said...

My Gilli also screams her head off for baths! It's good to know that maybe she will grow accustomed to them at some point!

She has come a long way since being home and is doing so much! GO LUCY!! She is more than precious and I can tell, even from the pictures, that she is such a joyful little person!

Elizabeth said...

God is definately good. Thank you for the sweet reminder of His faithfulness. Lucy is adorable and I am so thankful God gave her to you! Thank you for sharing her story, your life lessons and those sweet pictures!!

demp5 said...

This entry is so sweet, and the pictures are wonderful. Did you know that you can print these blogs off into a book? You definitely want to save this entry for her!!

Susan said...

Wow, is she cute, or what????

I think having a February 29th has kids acting goofier than ever this week - so laughing with Lucy is just what I needed. I am wondering,however, if she gets enough..........attention!
You are all having too much fun.

With the Piggies and Paws gift certificate, you can call me at 747-3309 or Heather at 535-4630. Lucy will love having her hand or foot painted and a print taken!

Thanks again for making my day.

Anonymous said...

I think you should check her back to see if wings have sprouted yet...I've said all along I think she is an angel and for sure heaven sent...but then again so is her Mom.

Thanks for the great reminders as to what is really important in life.

Hugs to all!

Lindsay Murphy said... I am over here bawling. This post is so beautifully written and I am so happy for you. Lucy really is an angel. My mom has said it all along. Can't wait to see her again. We need to do a girls only dinner soon. Love you!

Jaimee said...

Darcy, she is just adorable! I love all of her outfits and most of all her smile!!! What a precious girl. I know just how fast the time flies, Isabela has been home 8 weeks on Wednesday. It seems like just yesterday we picked her up, yet it also seems like she's always been in our family. I love seeing all the pictures, they are priceless.

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Anonymous said...

We miss not seeing her. She has already changed so much. The pictures help. But there is nothing like watching all of the cute things she does. What a sweet little face!! Hope to see all of you soon.

jonesfamily said...

We love your whole family. I love looking at the pictures...she is such a McMurray! And a bit distracting in church I might add...only because she is so cute though...please don't take her in the nursery any time soon. I like seeing her!


jonesfamily said...

We love your whole family. I love looking at the pictures...she is such a McMurray! And a bit distracting in church I might add...only because she is so cute though...please don't take her in the nursery any time soon. I like seeing her!


jonesfamily said...

Sorry about the double entry/now a triple entry. I accidently published it twice and I don't know how to get it off. Love you all!


Lucinda Naia said...

I love all the pictures! I found your blog from Cheri's blog.

Thanks for explaining about the bath situation. I plan to adopt from Guatemala, and that is good info for me.