Can you see the excitement on Ashley's face four years ago today?
Today is her adoption anniversary. Four years ago her name changed to match mine. Her birth certificate now bears my name. Her heart, smile and life are forever entwined in mine. I couldn't be happier. I love that girl.
Her adoption was finalized seven months after she moved in. It seems we've had her forever, but it's only been four and a half years. It's hard to remember life without her. Can't imagine a day without her smile or laugh or incredibly funny wit. She's just a part of everything now, would seem strange and incomplete to live a day without her.
Back then we ate breakfast at Cracker Barrel.
And headed to Build-A-Bear.
Today we will celebrate with lunch and a movie. We will giggle and reminisce. We will tell the story about Christmas morning at IHOP and the time she tried to jump the fence without actually jumping. Our day will revolve around her and all that she brings to our family.
Four years. It seems like such a short time for all that has taken place in it. I'm thankful for every year, every day, every minute (even the hard ones) because those moments have added up to an incredible girl I get to spend my life with.
This morning she opened a present. A little token to remind her of what she means to us on this special day. I think it says it best.
And, Ashley, owl will.