Those of you with adopted children will not be surprised to hear that our Anniversary Day did not include a lot of celebrations.
For Andrew and I, the day we came home with our children was the culmination of years of dreams and hard work. For Daniel and Lily, it was another hard step in their journey of loss and unwanted changes.
So it was no surprise to me that the day, while it had joyful moments, also had more than our usual share of tantrums, arguments and challenging behaviors. It probably doesn't help that we are on vacation in a home they've never been to before.
This morning it was a relief to wake up knowing that the first year is over. Everything won't always be new. Everything won't always be a "first".
I think the kids are feeling that way too. We ate our celebratory pie one day late, and maybe that is just right.