Annika joined our family in 2008 at the age of 1 year. We traveled to Kazakhstan having received no information about children that we might meet. We met three children and I will spare you the details of all of that, suffice it to say that it was hard. When we met Annika we knew we just knew. She was ours, we were hers. That was that. She is such a joy and blessing to our family!
In January of 2012 we traveled to China to adopt Eliana at the age of 3 1/2. This time we knew the child we would be bringing home, but there were still a lot of unknowns. How could we know of little Eliana's sweetness having never met her? She walked into the room, held up her little arms, smiled, and said, "Mama"! Our hearts melted. Once again there was no question. She was ours, we were hers. That was that. Her sweet personality adds a wonderful dimension to our family.