A year ago, we were a bundle of nerves sitting in the Louisville airport.
A year ago, I sat in the JFK airport while I pasted photos in a make-shift family photo album.
A year ago, Lance and I exchanged giddy and anxious glances every few minutes.
A year ago, we slept (unsuccessfully) in the Dubai airport hotel.
A year ago, we boarded a plane to Uganda with our stomach in knots and our heart in our throats.
A year ago, we drove the dusty Kampala dirt roads until we finally spotted Aggies Baby Home.
A year ago, he became a daddy.
A year ago, I became a mama.
A year ago, our lives changed and our hearts were exposed. I will never forget the moment the caregiver scooped up my baby girl and placed her in my arms. It is as real to me today as it was a year ago. The way her tiny frame fit perfectly in my arms. The way her soft curls felt on my cheek. The way her small fingers carefully examined Lance's beard. The way her deep set eyes stared into mine.
Zara... A year ago you made us parents and forever changed our lives. You have our hearts... forever and always. We love you.