This little light of mine~Kate's 3rd Referral Anniversary

Monday, February 1, 2010

Three years ago toady, we waited for the call. I was so impatient that I ended up making the call but that is another story.

Three years ago we fell in love with this little photo....

Kate Emerson Swales 6 Months
We laughed at how they had you out in traffic for your referral photo. And we were amazed at how big you were for your age (only 6 months old here)!


Today, I think of the Mother that carried you for nine months and gave you life. I thank her. I think of the Mother who raised you for 10 months in her home, you foster Mother. I am so appreciative of the love she showed you. I pray that they both have peace in their hearts knowing that you are loved beyond measure. I may never really know the story of exactly how you came to us, Kate but I believe that God always intended for you to be in our family.

For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11


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February 1st 2009

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Today~February 1st 2010


Your new "favorite song" is this little light of mine and you wanted to sing it for me....



Don't you love how she says "Santa" instead of Satan?"

Kate you are a HUGE light in our lives. We love you!!!

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen nor touched...but are felt in the heart.
~Helen Keller

63 comments:

  1. As much as Kate has changed in the last three years, I can still see her in the referral picture. We are blessed beyond measure to be able to call these children our chldren

    Kate is such a cutie when she is singing, I just love her sweet little voice.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Happy Referral Day! I love how cute she looked in her walker. Of course you fell instantly in love!

    She has such a sweet voice. So funny hearing her say Santa!!

    ~Lynn

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  3. Happy Referral Day...
    Kate is toooo CUTE..
    love the song...
    Have a Wonderful Day..
    Hugs..

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  4. How adorable!! She is a beautiful little lady!!!

    Suzanne

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  5. Happy Referral Day Kim! I love the picture of her holding her referral picture and have copied your tradition of doing that.

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  6. How stinkin' cute is that referral picture?!?! I love it!! ;)

    Miss Kate reminds me of my Sadie. You know how some referral pictures look so sad ... but then some make you giggle?! Sadie's made me giggle when I first saw it ... I just knew I would cry, but no, I laughed! ;)

    Tell Miss Kate "Happy Referral Day," and thanks for sharing her cute referral picture, too! ;)

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  7. I forgot to say that I love hearing her sing! Her little voice is so cute!

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  8. Kate is so adorable! I love her little voice (though I know that some woman in the fabric store today told me she loved Mya's and I must have looked at her like she had 2 heads - really? She talks ALL day...)

    Happy Referral anniversary! I loved your story of you calling the agency and I loved seeing that face pop up playing in traffic. What happened to the staging them on the slide for referral picture days? HA! Hope you enjoy your day with your sweet light..

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  9. Can you believe how much time has gone by? Can you believe you are the mother of this angel?

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  10. I love you girls too!!!

    Happy Happy Happy Anniversary! A very special day that I will always remember joyfully being a part of!

    Hugs,
    Di

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  11. I love her little voice!
    She fits so naturally in to your family that I sometimes forget all that was her life before she came to you. She's a treasure!

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  12. She is just gorgeous. I am sure I have said that before.
    Cash loves that song too--very cute!

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  13. Happy Referral Day 3Peanuts!!! Katie Ru Emerson is a true gift from God! I love the verses you included in this post. Beautiful.

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  14. Happy referral day friend! I love looking back at Kate's pictures from each year! So sweet!

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  15. Happy Referral Day Anniversary!! I have to say that it is hilarious that they had Kate right out in the middle of the traffic. Hilarious and scary all at once. I guess the photographer was looking for the good light. lol. I love how you take pictures of her holding the photo every year. So very special.

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  16. I remember so well when you shared that picture with your bloggy friends. It's hard to believe that it has been three years!


    Happy Referral day!
    Hugs,
    Robin

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  17. Happy, happy, happy referall anniversary! What a blessing for you all!

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  18. Santa, Satan, to some, they are one and the same! Heh.

    Happy Referral Day! I can't believe how big she has gotten. And I can honestly say that her referral photo? Is the! first! one! I have ever seen in traffic.

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  19. Happy referral day!!! I had to laugh as it did look like she was out there driving down the street in her "walker"....OMG, that is a riot!!

    She is so cute.......she still looks so much like the little baby in that first picture.....just a little more mature.......what a beautiful little girl and so sweet!! You are so blessed Kim.....in many, many ways!

    xo,

    Lisa

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  20. Happy Referral Day! I love the picture of her in traffic (what were they thinking)!

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  21. Oh that is beautiful! She is a wonderful light alright, just like sunshine!

    It is one of my favourite songs too!

    That was too funny about Santa! Cracked me right up!

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  22. Happy referral day anniversary! Kate's referral picture is a hoot! I still can't believe they had her in the street! She is just precious. You are sooo blessed!

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  23. Happy Referral Day!! What a wonderful gift to your family:)

    And she is just about the cutest thing when she sings!!

    Blessings, Ashley

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  24. Kate was always meant to be a peanut! Such a happy day!!!

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  25. Happy referral anniversary! So many things too be thankful for...especially Kate's sweet song!!!

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  26. Happy Referral Day! She is so sweet and adorable. Love her singing.

    Natasha

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  27. Happy referral anniversary! Such a beautiful little girl -- she was meant for your family!

    Janet

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  28. She is soooo so sweet, Kim... oh that singing just melted my heart! Happy Referral Anniversary to you all!

    Love, Shana xoxo

    p.s. She looks so gorgeous in that pink!!

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  29. She is soooo so sweet, Kim... oh that singing just melted my heart! Happy Referral Anniversary to you all!

    Love, Shana xoxo

    p.s. She looks so gorgeous in that pink!!

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  30. That picture always cracks me up too! What a beautiful girl she was then and now. Happy Anniversary on the day your family was made complete...hugs~

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  31. OH and what a bright light she is. What a joy and blessing!

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  32. Happy Referral Anniversary to you!!! What a darling little lady Miss Kate has become!

    Lucy has that same outfit (skirt and sweater!)
    xoxo

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  33. So I guess you and Heather were in China at the same time! Wow...how cool!

    That is quite an interesting referral picture in the middle of the road...I love it! She looks exactly the same but with hair...the sweetest smile and I love the video so we can hear her precious little voice.

    Prayed for you tonight....thanking our Father in heaven for giving you this precious angel.

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  34. Congrats to your lovely family on this very special day!! It's obvious that your Kate is a joy and light in your life....and what a blessing for her to have such a outstanding mama!

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  35. We loved the video! Kate is just the sweetest thing!!! Have a great day!

    Sharyn and LiLi

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  36. Bless you both on this very special day! Loved the pics and the video!!!
    Shay

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  37. Awwww, happy referral day! She's a cutie and LOL @ that referral pic in the street. :)

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  38. She is too, much! Happy Referral Day-versary! I love the yearly photos. I will have to remember to do that, myself =).

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  39. Happy 3 years sweet girl!!!!! Love your little song....so adorable!!!! I hope your day was wonderful and beautiful just like you Miss Kate.

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  40. Kate you become more beautiful with every year! As your mommy already knows, today is a special day in our family too....today is our sweet Chloe's gotcha day...Chloe is my cousin's new daughter...they are currently in China! So happy referral day Miss Kate and happy Gotcha Day Mis Chloe.
    Love, Norah

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  41. What sweet pictures...so precious. Hudson's referral day is tomorrow, three years ago! We must have been 'laboring' together. :) Happy Day!!

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  42. oh Happy Day!...Happy 3rd ANNIVERSARY Day, that is!! :) Kate just gets cuter and sweeter with each passing year. I LOVED her referral photo...totally cracked me up how they had her 'staged' in traffic...that's the first one like that I have yet to see!! OMGoodness!!! Thanks for sharing your "little light" with all of us...and especially that adorable rendition of the song...to cute! Yes, do NOT let Santa blow it out! ;) LOL!!

    Love and Hugs,
    ~ Tanya

    P.S.>> I just wanted to THANK you for your advice/help on Tami's blog with all that she is going through with Sophie right now. Your words were filled with helpful wisdom and advise from one who has walked that road herself, and I'm thankful for all that I was able to learn through you. Tami is a special friend of mine, and I'm so grateful that Di sent you her way! God bless!! <><

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  43. What a story these photos tell!
    Kate is beautiful yesterday, today and tomorrow!
    Happy Referral Day!
    Thanks for including the precious video of her angelic voice!
    Love & Blessings from Hong Kong,
    Kim

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  44. I kept the bible verse up on my fridge when I was pregnant with Grace, trying to sell our house and getting ready to move with the 5 kids alone to Sc. I kept the faith and the faith kept me. Yesterday my first baby girl tuned 16!!! Sweet sixteen for sweet Sarah Rose:0 Happy anniversary Kate Emerson!:)

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  45. How sweet! I love how you take a picture of her every year with her referral picture!! Just adorable!

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  46. Happy referal anniversary!! I konw that must have been an exciting time. She is a cutie!!

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  47. Three years of looking at that beautiful little face. What a blessing!

    A beautiful song, from a beautiful little princess!

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  48. Such a blessing! Happy Referral Day!!

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  49. Happy Referral Day anniversary!!! I know what a special day that was - there is nothing like it! I know what a special girl you have in Kate!!! she was as adorable then as she is now!!!!

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  50. Happy Referral Anniversary!! I can't get over the walker in the middle of traffic!!
    Kate becomes more beautiful each year! She is such a special girl with such a kind heart!

    Emily

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  51. What a sweet baby Kate was and a beautiful young girl she is today! I love her referral pic and can see why you instantly fell in love...that face!
    Her voice is so stinkin' adorable! Keep posting videos...I love em' :) Happy Referral Anniversary!

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  52. She is so adorable! What an amazing journey you've had in the past three years!

    Happy Referral Anniversary!

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  53. Happy happy Referal Day! I love seeing how she has grown. And her voice is so sweet - though I miss hearing her say, "I love you too, Carrot." LOL

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  54. Happy Family Day!!! It's a day I'll never forget. Feb. 1st is the day we got the call for Emma three years ago, and also the day Hannah came into our lives in Jiangxi, China three years before that!

    Love to see how Kate has grown. She's beautiful!!!

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  55. what a beautiful post kim!! i can't believe how much time has gone by, and how much she has grown!!

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  56. ps love the mascara! thanks for the tip:)

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  57. She is so beautiful!! What a sweetheart. Happy Referral Anniversary! We miss you guys! Hugs and Kisses to Miss Katie Ru! Hannah sends her love to her sister-friend!

    Love,
    Heather

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  58. Happy 3 years! What a beauty! :)

    Blessings,
    Tami
    PRAYING JEREMIAH HOME QUICKLY
    www.tillGodbringsthemhome.blogspot.com

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  59. It's been an amazing 3 years filled with Kate! I know the day I saw Eme's sweet face will always be filled with such beautiful emotions. It's a beautiful day to remember.

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  60. She is the cutest little thing on the planet. Seriously. Oh. My. Goodness. Gracious. Sakes. Alive. I can not stand how adorable she is. What a precious baby girl : )

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  61. what a cutie and love to hear her sing too:)
    Love her pink bow as well!
    She is just a doll!

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  62. Ugh, I am so far behind on reading blogs! I LOVE this post and the precious idea of taking Kate's picture every year holding her referral picture on the anniversary of her referral. She is such a delightful little girl!

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