Today we met our daughter for the first time. They told us she would cry because she always cries when she meets strangers. However she didn't cry. She was hesitant and cautious when they first brought her in, but she warmed up to both us and loved Patrick. I can tell that she will be a daddy's girl.
She's beautiful, and she has the best laugh in the world. She loves hugs and kisses and tickles. She loves to put her forehead up against yours and then look straight into your eyes. She loves to play and dance and be held. She doesn't love the stroller. Haha!
Her orphanage blew us away. It is clean and bright and cheerful. Most importantly, the caregivers seem to genuinely care about the children. You can tell by their interactions that these kids mean the world to them, and they want the best for each one.
I can definitely say that today has been a storm of emotions. It has been such a long journey. I am happy to have her in my arms, sad because I wish we could take her home with us, and overwhelmed by it all. But through all of this God had been good . . . actually I think the word amazing would be more appropriate. Thank you for ALL your prayers. Please continue to pray as we go through this week and have to leave her to return home. Please pray for her safety and our peace. And just one more time, thank you!!!