As with most adoptive families, we struggled with how to celebrate this milestone in our lives. It's a delicate balance between celebrating the progress we've made in the last year, while not bringing up his painful history. For our family the celebration was fairly subdued. He really does better with lots of small celebrations than with one great big bash. So we spent lots of time with family and friends, we reflected on those first few weeks that were rather horrible, the flight from hell, and how far we've all come in the last year. There has been precious growth in all six of us as we've realized just what it means to love a wounded soul.
Maybe someday he'll be ready to look back at his former self and see his own growth, and maybe he won't, but for now we'll just briefly mention the importance of the day, and celebrate for him. We invite you to celebrate with us, as we all know just how hard he's worked to become who he is, and how hard he continues to work on his journey to become whole and healed.