Along with the more typical leaves that were labeled with "Mama," "cookies," "my warm house," and all the pets names, we also have some leaves that are specific to our individual journey as an adoptive family.
Here are some of our daughter's leaves (which she doesn't understand just yet, but it is an ever-repeating part of our "family talk"):
In big and little ways, our family tries to incorporate her life story. It is part of her. It is part of us. And we truly are thankful.
And as a side note... Five years ago today, a precious birth mother in Taiwan wrapped up her little baby in blankets and placed her in a busy place where someone would surely find her and begin her journey to her forever family. We honor that sweet birth mom, and we are thankful for her immense sacrifice.