One Year!

Posted On: Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 at 11:41 am

Happy Adoption Day, Matthew!!!  Exactly one year ago today–July 24, 2012–Pu Min Yu became Matthew Minyu Giles, the 8th member of our little family.  Where did one whole year go?!  What would life be like without him?!  He has been a wonderful addition to our family, and I know he was truly meant to be a part of it.  I’m so grateful for a loving Father who is smarter than me.  I’m so glad He is the one that had this all planned out, because I wouldn’t have thought to add a teenage boy to the mix, especially as the oldest child.  But it worked!  BEAUTIFULLY!  And I will be forever grateful.

I can’t begin to describe how much I love and admire this boy.  He is AWESOME.  Seriously amazing.  He is talented, smart, funny, responsible, organized, hard working, caring, and just a joy to have around.  Of course, I can’t take much (any??) credit for that.  He had 13 years under his belt before he ever arrived in our home.  If anyone is wondering, yes, he has his weaknesses and faults like the rest of us, but his list is pretty short.  And I won’t put it here.   He’s in middle school, so publishing his struggles for the world to see would NOT make me a very cool mom. 🙂  (I should mention to my disappointed readers that this is a big part of the reason I haven’t posted much since coming home.  Posting on a public blog and trying to respect my son’s privacy kind of clashed a bit.)

I do want to let everyone know how well he is doing, and how grateful we are to have been blessed with another son!  He has done so well with attachment/bonding, language, culture, school, etc.  He’s experienced so many changes in the last year and he’s doing fabulously.  He’s learning and growing like crazy and I’m so excited that we have front row seats to see who/what he’ll become in the next several years.

In the meantime, here is a recap of his last year in photos.  WE LOVE MATTHEW!!!

PS I may post more photos later. Can’t seem to find some of the ones I want at the moment!


October 2012 – 2 1/2 months home. Trip to Guangzhou


October 2012 – 3 months home. Shoulder surgery.


December 2012 – 5 months home. Learning to cook!


January 2013 – 6 months home. Learning to ice skate!


February 2013 – 7 months home. New glasses.


March 2013 – 8 months home. Geocaching!


April 2013 – 9 months home. First bicycle!

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May 2013 – 10 months home. Swimming!


July 2013 – One year home. Disneyland!

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