My princess is four today!
things haven't always been great between us. I didn't really describe in that post all the hard work and endurance that went into strengthening our relationship, and all without much immediate reward. But time and effort and prayer and love certainly have paid off. This girl is an absolute treasure, and I love spending time with her. Which just further illustrates my belief...that attachment takes time, and is a fluid process. The connection formed through breastfeeding, for instance, is a great foundation, but it doesn't obviate the need for ongoing efforts, new parenting strategies, a different love language, etc., such as I'm learning with my younger daughter, who ran off from me at the library yesterday for a good five minutes. Not my finest motherly moment. So there is grace, and flexibility, and patience required to form lifelong attachment and bonding with every child, whether adopted or biological.
On another note...notice the tiny wedding picture in the background of my daughter's photo. Today is also my ninth wedding anniversary! I'm so thankful for the fantastic man God gave me as a husband. And we don't mind at all sharing our special day with the birthday princess.