Meet Sania Louise!

Hey sweet friends!

We have been home since Saturday afternoon, and I am still trying to get my bearings.  :)

But I wanted to stop in and introduce you to our daughter, Sania Louise Hutcherson! 

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Her first name is her birth name, Sanija, but we took the ‘j’ out.  Her name sounds like “Su-nee-a.”  (It’s like you mush Sun and Sophia together.)

Her middle name is a family name.  Cy’s grandmother’s first name was Louise, and his mom and sister’s middle names are Louise.  

Louise means warrior.  And our little girl is a fighter for sure.  In her short nine years of life, she has had to fight against the rough start she was given.  She is strong and fierce.  Sometimes her fighting spirit can get her in trouble, but directed in the right way, this girl is going to move mountains!

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The boys are ecstatic to have her home!  She is soooo spoiled by them. 

We have a “new normal” around the house.  I can definitely feel the difference in having one more child in the family.  Sania Louise has developmental and emotional delays because of her rough start to life, so it is a little bit more like have a new toddler in the house.  :)

She is doing GREAT at learning English.  We are amazed at how quickly she learns.  She is so smart!

Right now we are just settling in and trying to get into a routine around here.  Each day we see improvements in her behavior.  She is starting to understand this “family thing” and is definitely a daddy’s girl.  Did I mention that she already has Cy wrapped?!  I mean, like BIG TIME!   She adores him, and he adores her.

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I’m planning on sharing more in a future post with you, but right now, I am so swamped with our “new normal” AND planning out the final details Haven which is in three weeks!!  (It’s the big blog conference that I help put on each year in Atlanta.)

The BEST way to keep up with our family happenings is on Snapchat.  If you do not follow me there, please do.  Just search for “Beneath My Heart.”  I share photos and videos throughout the day of our family. 

Have a wonderful week!! 


  1. So very happy for you and your family…..Your precious Sonia is blessed to be with her new family and I am sure that you are feeling the great blessings too. Congrats!…Your perseverance gave a precious little girl a chance for a great life!

  2. I’m so glad you finally got to bring your little girl home.

    Y’all will be such blessings to each other.

    God is certainly good and deserves all the praise! :-)

  3. My eyes are watering… I am so incredibly happy for you and happy that the waiting is over!! She looks like she could be your biological child!! My heart literally feels warm… Just wonderful for all of you.

  4. So happy for your family. Now that you have Sania, your lives are truly complete. I’m sure in time she will excel, at her own pace.
    She is a beautiful child.

  5. So happy for you to have your daughter home! She looks so happy and I know your heart is so full these days.
    Thanks to the Father who makes us family.


  6. So glad your all settling in to your Forever Family of 7 !!! Prayers for all of you as you begin your new family adventures !!! God Bless !!! Adoption is a WONDERFUL thing our family has been blessed by adoption four times, God is Good !!!

  7. So very happy for your whole family and look forward to updates on your progress. Sonia is a little beauty! God has blessed you with an angel, as I’m sure you already know. You have persevered and are rewarded for your faith. Thank-you for sharing.

  8. Oh Traci, this is the best news! So sooo happy you’ve shared your journey,over the moon happy for you all, what a beautiful family!

  9. P.S. I apologize for the “o” instead of an “a” in Sania’s name. I didn’t notice until the post. I know how annoying misspelled names can be, so want to make it right!

  10. Hey Tracy

    Congrats to you and your family. Sania is beautiful! Thanking God for his blessings and to continue to bless you and your household. I am not on snapchat but I do look forward to your update when you can

    Hugs & Blessings!
    Marilyn C.

  11. Aren’t all daughters wrapped around their Daddy’s hearts? I can see why your beautiful little girl has Cy all tied up. Blessings for your sons who have such open hearts for their new sister, your daughter who has her forever family, and you and Cy for your boundless love…

  12. I am so happy for you and your family. We have 3 boys and I always wanted to adopt a little girl but it was just too expensive for us. We had the love but didn’t have the money. Now our boys are all grown up – still NO grandchildren – but that is another story. Enjoy each other and I will remember you all in my prayers.

  13. You see, Traci, God’s timing is ALWAYS perfect. Praise be to Him through all blessings flow. You’ve adopted this precious child into your family, just how God has adopted us into His family through our Salvation & the blood of Jesus.


    Please give us specifics, like you’ve done, for us to bring to the Lord for all five of your children (!).
    My prayers this week will be about Sania’s behavioral & cultural differences. I am so very happy for you and all of your Boys, especially the grown one :-)

  14. So glad to hear you are home with your new daughter. Congratulations to the whole family. Sania looks adorable!

  15. I am so happy things worked out for you all. What a sweet family that you have. Prayers for you all.

  16. Welcome, Sania! My family is thrilled for you all. We have been following your journey on your blog and social media. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  17. Welcome home sweet girl. Wishing you and your family so much happiness. Sending love and lots of prayers.

  18. Wow…what a very long road you traveled (not just in miles, but in your hearts) to finally bring Sania home. What a lucky and beautiful little girl. One day, when she’s a grown young lady, she’ll be able to read HER story and she’ll know how hard you and Cy fought for her!!!!! Best wishes to you all. I will look forward to your future posts!!!!

  19. I can’t even… I have been holding my breath for so long and I am just so happy for you all. I know there are challenges ahead that will require more patience than you ever thought possible.
    Sania could not have a better chance at a new start on life than with your family. She has always been a daughter of God – so very loved – and now she is also a Hutcherson. What a very, very lucky and loved little girl. She is so beautiful, Traci!!! xoxo

  20. Isn’t God awesome!? All those times of the unknown and disappointments, and He has answered in His timing and glorious way!! I am so happy for you and your family. Sania is beautiful and beautifully blessed to be a part of your family. She especially looks like you and Jonathan!!!

    Enjoy the early times of getting to know one another…and Haven.

    I sure wish I could go!
    Blessings to all

  21. I believe Claire said it all. With your love and strengths and God’s help, all will be fine. So happy for you. And continuing to pray for you all.

  22. Congratulations! I am so happy for your family and especially for your sweet girl. I’ve gotten behind on my blog reading so this was such a fun surprise to see pop up on my email today. I’ll be praying for a smooth transition and lots of joy for your family!

  23. O happy day! I usually look at your posts on my phone. Today – fired up my laptop to see a full size pic of your beautiful little one. You will hear this over and over – but she looks like you:) Will continue prayers for her transition to this new world. My step-daughter teaches Pre-K in an under-served district. When the students come to her, she has to teach them how to sit in a circle. Some of the kids don’t even know their name (for example, at home everyone called them “booboo”). Anyway- in just one school year, she is able to teach them so much – you will too.

  24. God Bless you and your family for You are now complete. I’m so very happy for you, your family and your new beautiful girl.

  25. Congratulations on your sweet new girl! I have thought of you often during your process & hoped & prayed that someday she would be yours permanently. Great update.

  26. I was on pins and needles waiting for this post! Praise the Lord and He is good all the time. I don’t doubt there will be some challenges ahead so continue to lean on Him and seek his guidance. I will pray for all of y’all for strength, patience and understanding during this period of adjustment and settling in to this new normal. Sania has so many people loving her and praying for her; she’s a lucky girl.

  27. Yay! So happy for y’all! How wonderful that the Lord has found parents for Sania who will love her, cherish her, fight for her, and show her the love of Jesus!
    Many blessings to your sweet family.

  28. well everyone else has said It so lovingly and eloquently. just wanted to chime in with a congratulations and welcome to Kentucky and USA Sunia.
    God bless you all for giving her love and opportunity.
    How will her schooling take place ? homeschooling ? meetings with the school and go from there ??

  29. Oh yes! Ditto what everyone else has said!!! I gasped when I saw the email title when I turned on the computer!! YEA!!!! Oh, we are all SOOOO excited for you, and her, and THE BOYS!!! They are being SOOO remarkable. I’m sure you’ll tell them how your blog followers are so proud of them too. :-) Remember I have educational/behavioral resources if you need them. ;-)
    …… I’m just thinking …… how happy your mom would be ….. with you, the situation, your blog. What a ministry you have been to “us” by sharing ALL THIS ……
    Thanks for being YOU and for sharing that special YOU with “us”!!! (((hugs)))

  30. Sania Louise Hutcherson! What a blessed little girl to join your family, and what a blessed family you are to have her!

    I am so very, very happy for you, Traci. I know it’s been a long, arduous journey to get to this point, and you have a long journey ahead. . . but you are on the right path, and God will guide you in His way.

    I’d say she is indeed already a Daddy’s girl, but she’s your girl, too. It makes me giddy to think of how much fun you’ll all have together. I look forward to meeting your beautiful daughter some day! :)

    Love you, friend!

    P.S. I think YOUR middle name should be Louise as well!

  31. I am so happy for you all! What a blessing. There will be challenges but know that God is with you. He will help you all come together as a family. Sania is beautiful! Enjoy getting to know her. My prayers are going great out for you and your family.

  32. Oh my stars your story is just the picture of love! I look at that beautiful face and my heart is just about to burst for all of you! Blessings on all of you dear dear people!

  33. Sania Louise is so beautiful and I look forward to hearing about her new life with your family. Your entire family has been blessed by this adoption! God is so good!! Thank you for sharing this journey with us!!!
    I’m so glad you’re all home together!!

  34. Each day things will ease and with it the new normal will feel fitting. God is in it…there will be great blessings! It is amazing how He can bring people together from opposite sides of the earth and knit them together as family. Hang on; it’s a delightful ride!

  35. Traci, I am so happy for all of you and am pleased to get to ‘know’ Sania. No doubt as she grows in the security of her forever family, she will blossom. Praying for God to give you the wisdom to walk the delicate balance between teaching her the expectations you have for all of your children and knowing where you’ll need to just be understanding.

  36. Welcome home Sania!!! I have been watching for updates and can’t wait to hear more about her beautiful testimony. Many blessings to sweet Sania and her precious family!

  37. Sania Louise! I love her name and the meaning. She is adorable, so sweet. She looks like she fits in her new family perfectly! God is great. I’m so happy for all of you!

  38. Wow! The world needs more people like you and your husband. God has blessed you with this sweet girl because you deserve it! May God continue to bless all of you each and every day!

  39. Oh this is so wonderful your daughter is home. I hope you are soaking up every moment and each day you will see progress with her. Adoption is a wild ride but worth everything in the end. Congratulations and she is just adorable.
    Good luck with Haven, have so much fun and we are sorry to miss you this year.

  40. Oh Traci, what wonderful news. I remember how saddened you were but still accepting of God’s will when you thought it was not going to happen at all. You have been rewarded for your constant faith and belief, and your little girl has been blessed by having such a loving and stable family to join. God bless you all in your journey and many happy years ahead.

  41. Oh, my, can’t even imagine all the adjusting/adjustments that all of you are making. But, what a blessing for your new daughter to be given this opportunity. Blessings to all of you on this precious journey!

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