Our God truly does "make beautiful things out of dust".
As I have said many times I believe Olivia was well taken care of and loved before she was ours. Because of this I have made an effort to stay in touch with her orphanage since we brought her home. In my most recent email to them I used google translate to ask them to please send any baby photos of her that we hadn't seen yet. We were blessed with 13 new photos of our girl. As my fellow adoptive parents know these photos are prices less.
I looked at them and couldn't help but be emotional. They look nothing like my daughter. Her eyes are empty and hallow, she is expressionless, tiny and has a shaved head.
This is probably the earliest photo we have of Olivia. Based on the length of her hair I think it was before her referral photo was taken. This was most likely taken one year ago, in June 2012.
This is the same outfit she was wearing in her referral photo so most likely taken on the same day in July 2012.
"Beautiful Things out of Dust!"
Just one year after the first photo was taken. Here is our gorgeous, happy, expression-filled, life filled, loved daughter, treasured sister today!