4 December 2006
"Today we met our gorgeous baby girl for the first time. It was the single most amazing event of our entire lives together. We could never have dreamt that it would go so well.
We got there and I was shaking like a leaf. We took our shoes off in the hall and this tiny little girl came crawling towards us. We sat down on the floor and she stopped and smiled at us... carried on crawling until she was at her Mummy's knees, climbed on my lap and I picked her up. She cuddled into Mummy's neck and I was beside myself but held it together for Bea's sake. She then got down off my lap and crawled to Daddy, climbed onto his lap and gave him a cuddle too. The foster carer and social worker were in tears.
We would go through another 9 years of heartache for that moment - it was beyond anything we had ever expected or dreamed of."
That was an entry in my diary 5 years ago on the day we met our daughter. 11 days later, Bea came home to her forever family on 15th December 2006. We were extremely lucky that a series of events with her foster carer, together with a fabulous social worker, meant that she was with us for her first Christmas. It did zoom by in a bit of a blur but Christmas today is even more special to us as we remember those dates and what they mean to us.
Bea absolutely loves Christmas, and at nearly 6 years old, is beside herself with excitement this year. As a family, we always make the most of the build up, and do lots of Christmassy things together, like Christmas markets and ice skating, attending local garden centres and meeting Father Christmas. It is lovely to make our own traditions and we feel so lucky to be a part of it all. On Christmas day, we always spend it with both sets of grandparents and other members of the family. We are a close family and Bea is the icing on the Christmas cake for all of us.