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Monday, February 1, 2010

She's a BABY!

I just got word today from Andrea, the Director of Reece's Rainbow, that Sofia's birth year was noted incorrectly on the website. Her birthday is February 21st but she wasn't born in 2008....but 2009!!!

She's turning ONE year old later this month. She's a BABY!!!

Of course my initial reaction upon reading Andrea's email was a bit of SHOCK but I quickly realized that we were just given another gift. The gift of an entire year.

One less year in an institution. One more year for early intervention services when she comes home to us. One less year of abandonment. One more year of love, attention, hugs and kisses from her family here at home.

Although she will celebrate her first birthday in an orphanage, this will be a VERY special birthday for her and for us! Even though she is half way across the globe from us, we will send her our love. She will have the greatest gift of all...one that so many of us take for granted...a family.

She will definitely be the BABY in the family now with three older brothers to watch after her.

We're so happy!

We also got a few more pictures of her today. These are like GOLD to us!


21 comments:

  1. Oh WOW!!! That must have been a surprise, but you're right - what a gift!

    Gorgeous pictures...ah, such a sweet girl! :)

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  2. She is beautiful Jennifer. I love the new pictures. You will have so much fun with her too!! She is very close in age with my Sophia. We have 2 beautiful Sophia's / Sofia's

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  3. She is SO precious. and how wonderful to be given another year!!

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  4. That's wonderful that she's actually a whole year younger! And thanks for posting the other pics. She's so beautiful & precious!

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  5. why do I cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME I read about this angel? Gah! Love her already!!

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  6. She looks just as adorable in these photos as in the original one. I'm praying for you to be able to get her home quickly! She is such a lucky little girl and you are a very lucky family as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey!

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  7. Another year to love her, what a blessing!

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  8. That is so cool! How exciting:) What a special birthday present!

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  9. Definitely fortunate to get her a year earlier!! Although I think I would have been thrown for a loop had I ever decided to adopt her as I had this dream of my "twin" girls. But you are so right....she will only spend one year of life in the orphanage as opposed to two years. And I think this is a blessing in disguise as I bet if everyone knew she was so young, she would have been scooped up long ago!! She was just waiting for you guys. I talked to Heather (Zoey's mom) today and we were both beyond excited for your family to be adopting her and that she will live in CA which means we may get to meet her someday. Afterall, you will have to bring her to Disneyland :)

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  10. Oh, and I forgot to mention that I love these new pictures. Seeing her full body just makes her look that much sweeter!!

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  11. This is such wonderful news!!!!

    She is such a cutie and Cody and I cannot wait to meet her!

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  12. Your having a baby ... I couldn't resit that one!Seriously ... what a gift..to both you and her.Denise and I are super excited ... we will definitely take a road trip your way to get some Sophia loving.the new pictures are beautiful.She is beautiful.This whole thing is beautiful.

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  13. How precious! How wonderful! How beautiful she is! It's really exciting news!! Oh, how we all can't wait to get her home to you!

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  14. The gift of another year...and new pictures...I know how much that means...and I am overjoyed for you :)! She is precious and is so deserving of all the love coming her way! YOU are, too!

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  15. Wow.....what a gift Jennifer, an extra year to be Sofia Sanchez! What a beautiful surprise in your inbox from Andrea!

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  16. What wonderful news that she will only spend one birthday in an orphanage because her next birthday will be with her family!!! Love the new pics - hope they can send you some more soon!!!

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  17. Wow, what a surprise, but such a blessing. We're adopting Alyona through RR and I would be completely shocked (and pleasantly surprised) if they said, oh by the way... How fun, congratulations!

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