Wednesday, January 07, 2009

What love feels like...

It's hard to put into words for you what love feels like to a little girl who lived most of her life without much of anything. What does it feel like when it washes over her that these people really, truly love her?

I can't explain what I see in Zoe but I can finally show you. Tia Bek gave Zoe a very special gift this Christmas. It wasn't special ONLY because of what it was. I think for Zoe it was special because she knew how much it meant. It was something that was Tia Bek's- that Zoe never imagined would be given away to anyone... and it overwhelmed her little heart.

All Zoe knew is that there was a gift for her upstairs that would have an ornament hanging on it matching the one in Zoe's hand. She had a very hard time believing her sweet eyes when she saw it.



















That's what love feels like for Zoe...

I thank God I get to see her feel it. We love you Zoe girl, truly and forever.

33 comments:

kenzsethia said...

Angel - This is incredible! I love that you got the whole thing on camera. I love that she has such a grateful heart - great parenting. Awesome gift!

aimee

Mandy said...

What an awesome gift for Zoe. It made me want to tear up! And how special for her that it was Tia Bek's.

Anonymous said...

Tears fill my eyes in the love and awe of God in these pictures...

Wendi said...

wowzers girlie! I needed a good cry this week...happy tears of course, but her expression is priceless - great that you captured it because there are no words for that.

Sarah said...

What a precious girl you have, Angel. And, what a beautiful reaction to such a special gift!

Amy Clemons said...

Zoe is a beautiful girl. She looks like an indian princess.

Anonymous said...

I agree with Amy...she DOES LOOK LIKE AN INDIAN PRINCESS...she nail it for me...I have not been able to find the words and those fit her perfect!

ellie said...

Zoe is absolutely stunning - and the expression on her face when she is in the arms of Tia Bek is ??? just heart wrenching . . . hug that beautiful girl for me. I hope to meet her someday - I would love my Isabella (10yrs old) to get to know her! Christmas hugs from ellie & Kaiya's YiWu sister - the sassy Miss Tia

Kristi said...

Wow! The raw emotion from Zoe just melted my heart! Oh my! That just gets your heartstrings!!

Love -
Kristi

Cat and Mark said...

That was beautiful. She will thank you for having a record of those moments some day. Thanks for sharing.

Carrie said...

Zoe has grown up in leaps and bounds. Her face does say it all. Lucky everyone that she is in your life and you in hers--this is the true meaning of family and love.

Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

What a beautiful and sweet girl!

Those pictures were so touching.

Nikki said...

I already saw these pictures on facebook, but they made me tear up again!

DawnS said...

This brought tears to my eyes and warmth to my heart. So very sweet!!!

Dawn

Wendy said...

Oh shoot, now I am crying at work. What a beautiful girl, inside and out!

Mel said...

What a beautiful expression of what love feels like!!

Angie said...

That is soooo awesome!

Holly said...

Angel,
I have no idea who Tia Bek is or what the relationship is, nor do I know why a guitar was such a special gift for your daughter, but the pictures tell a powerful story. I am thrilled beyond words that she is so loved and cherished. I have to say that I did get tears in my eyes looking at the pictures not even knowing the story behind them. I want for W. what Zoe has- a forever family who will help her heal from the hurts and who will guide her to her purpose. I want W. to be able to receive love like Zoe has learned to do and I want for her to have that smile and twinkle in her eyes that your Zoe has that say "This world may be tough, but I have a FAMILY and together we can face whatever comes our way!"
Thanks for sharing...it really ministered to me in my own despair right now.
Holly

Jocelyn said...

I don't comment much on blogs due to my sheer lack of time, but I just wanted to let you know that your blog blesses my heart. It really really does!

Jocelyn

nikki said...

Wow,
Zoe has grown into such a beautiful young lady!!
How great to have captured all the emotion on film!!

Tracey said...

I am so crying!! You can see in her face how happy she was:) I love it!! She is gorgeous!!

Scott and Carolyn said...

You always have the best posts! OK, let me go find a kleenex!

SO PRECIOUS!!! :)

Reba said...

Okay, I was just checking in on your blog...not expecting tears! Beautiful...

Anonymous said...

Angel,
Since I know Tia Bek and how big it is for her to give something of hers to someone, I am crying right now. I mean tears are dropping off of my cheeks. How awesome that God has placed Bek and Zoe in each others lives through you and your mom! Awesome!!!!
Danielle

ManyBlessings said...

I just burst into tears.

My heart is still so raw from what I saw on my last trip to the orphanage.

This puts pictures to the words I wrote on my blog.

Beautiful.

Missy said...

oh...how precious. beautiful, beautiful Zoe.

Darlene said...

These precious pics definitely made me cry.
Beautiful.

Melinda said...

Such a sweet story. I love the look on Zoe's face and it is so cool that you captured that on camera. It is amazing to see a child that was once an orphan be transformed by the love of a family. That is what it is all about! Thanks for sharing.

Amy said...

Absolutely priceless! She is just so beautiful. What a wonderful gift from Miss Tia!! Amy

Candy said...

OH GIRL HOW AWESOME for you to catch all this FOREVER with your Camera. WOW...I want some of that...Some of what I see in ZOE...well I for sure want her LOOKS...but now I want her heart too...Zoe Girl I am SO MISSING you and so is Kya Blu

HUGS

Dimple Queen said...

Angel,
That was absolutely precious! I could see the emotion and almost felt it with her! That was SO special of Becky to give her that guitar!!! Oh, how sweet!

Stephanie said...

zoe is a precious child...

Carla said...

What a precious post. Made me cry. What a blessing you have.