(The boys checking out their sister)
What a day! This morning, bright and early at 7:05 a.m., we received a call from our social worker with the much anticipated referral for our sweet girl. We were so happy because Andy was still at home to receive the phone call and see the email come through with all the information. That was sure a moment. My head was spinning with emotions! Our daughter! Our daughter! This is our daughter. We looked over all the information, but I could hardly take my eyes off of her!
To see her photograph for the first time was overwhelmingly wonderful. She is just a beautiful, sweet girl. My first reaction to her photo was that she looks sad and confused...and really maybe she is right now. Or perhaps she just wasn't in the mood for a photo, who knows, but it isn't surprising to me that I would project what I think she might be feeling onto her photo. Her little face is just precious, fine features, beautiful chocolate skin, fuzzy hair, perfect rosebud lips and big brown eyes. She is a beauty. She is also very healthy!! It looks like she is a underweight at approximately 14 pounds right now, but that isn't surprising considering the state of many children in Ethiopia. It is good to know that she is now getting all of her physical needs met in the orphanage....enough food and I pray and trust that she is getting enough love and attention. I would love nothing more than to just hop on a plane to Ethiopia and snuggle this little one! I wish I could share her photo with you, but they restrict us from doing that until she is "legally" our daughter and that will happen after court. When the court date is is still unknown and will hopefully be scheduled before the court closure that begins August 7th. Oh, how I hope we will get through the court closure! So, there will be more waiting, but know we know who our daughter is.
All the feelings I have had over the last many months have left me worried for her, wondering where she is and what could be happening. I have the answers to some of those questions and believe I now understand why I was worried. I think I have been connected to her for some time and now I will actually get to know her and guide her on this journey of life. What a tremendous and joyful honor that is. I love you sweet girl....