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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Here she is!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's our sweetie!!!! Here's her first pics with Daddy

It was truly a miracle!

Here her nanny places her in my arms.

Sorry the pics were in reverse order. Oops.
What a day! Doug and I were so excited to go and meet our sweetie. We were picked up a little after two. The ride to the transition house...eye-opening. Nothing I could have imagined. My heart truly goes out to these precious people. We were deeply moved.
We arrived in about a half of an hour. We walked in and they had taken her in another room to change her diaper. We couldn't wait! Her nanny brought her to us with tears pouring down her cheeks. Her heart broken for a baby girl she'd grown to love so deeply. The moment she was in my arms, it truly felt as if she had been with us all of her life. She didn't cry ONE time. Her nanny said she eats every two hours..about 4 ounces. (Not sure if this was accurate.) She said she sleeps on her back and is a very good baby. She took a bottle and fell asleep as we visited the rest of the transition house cuties. Perfect!!! They had her all dressed up for her Gotcha Day.
The other children in the transition house, well where do I begin. My heart melted as I saw each child, many who are waiting for their families to pick them up. They were ALL precious in their own way. First we visited the infants and toddlers. Then we were able to see the older children. Let me tell you..these are the most awesome kids! They were singing to us, smiling, etc. They were calling Doug Daddy in their native language. The happiest children I've seen. Hmm. AMAZING! They truly LOVED Doug. I looked up and he had a PILE of them on his lap. He was reading them a Dr. Suess book and they would repeat some things he said. It truly melted my heart. Wow!!
We left after a nice visit and came back to the Hotel. We gave Lola a bath, which she seems to really enjoy. I changed her clothes and got her ready for dinner. (We hadn't eaten since 5:30 this morning when we ate Burger King at the airport...and they weren't serving breakfast, so we had chicken fries and fries for breakfast!:) We left for a restraunt in the hotel and noticed that little miss priss has the CUTEST lower pouty lip when she wants to cry!!! wow! Too cute! She was exhausted after being off of her schedule, new family, can understand. She was wonderful while we ate. She LOVES her pacy! (Sophie) :) She held a little toy. She smiles and talks. WE HAVE THE SWEETEST VIDEO OF HER TALKING WE WILL ATTEMPT TO UPLOAD. When we got back to the room, I fed her a bottle and she was fussy. She was trying to fight sleep like her brothers did. We decided to lay her down in her bed and see if she would calm herself down. She did after one minute. She looked around, sucked her fingers, and talked until she gave up. She fell asleep and is snoozing at this moment! Woo hoo!! What a dream! (I know, it's only been a few hours, but hey...I'll take it!)
We will send more pics each day. We didn't get to do a photo shoot of her yet, but we will..don't worry! And by the way, she already peed all over us when we took her diaper off to give her a bath!!!! This is a blast.
Bren and Bry, you are going to LOVE LOVE LOVE your sister. She is so funny and she is going to LOVE watching you guys ..trying to keep up with you! Can't wait for you to meet her! Miss you. Hugs and Kisses!!!!


Emy said...

PRAISE GOD!!! What a miracle!!!! I started bawling and cracking up when you said she fought sleep like her brothers.
SHE IS SO PERFECT!!!!!!!!!! I loved hearing the details of your day and have already read it about 20 times!!! Can't wait to see more pics! PRAISE GOD!!!!

Garland Family of 5 said...

I am going to try to type this through tears! What a beautiful day for you all. We are so happy for you. You all are so loved from above! We love you all and can't wait to see more pics. She is a beauty (as are her parents)!

Rebecca said...

AWESOME!!!!!!! She is so beautiful. Wish Elshadaye had been there so you could meet her.

I can't wait to hear more about your beautiful girl.


Heather said...

I am SO HAPPY for you!!! Love the pictures...they made me cry! And I will let Sophie know about the pacifier as soon as she awakes! She will be thrilled! Can't wait to see her first pictures..with bows!!! Love ya! I am on your computer by the way! :)

Donna said...

We just got in from a day in Florence. We couldn't wait to see pictures. She's beautiful. Bryson
wants her to be home soon. Brennan said, "Ha,ha, we ate at Red Lobster. Mm,Mm,Mm." The boys can't wait to get their hands on her. We all are so happy that you have her and you all are safe. They guys are going to the pool, while I sew some band flags. Popaw is going to spend some quality time with his boys. Love you guys and stay safe.

Hollie said...

My keyboard is wet from all of the tears! She is so precious! I LOVE the pics. I am so glad everything is going good. Can't wait for you to be home! Lova Ya

Tim and Mattie said...

Grayson is sitting on my lap asking to see Yoya(Lola, Ju Ju, Doug and Bryson and Brennan. We can't wait to see her in person, she's perfect. Praying and thinking of you ALL often. What a blessing!! Give her a big hug and kiss from the Gutman's. Timmy and I could just picture the kids on Doug's lap, how sweet!!! Love you all lots!!! Can't wait to see more pictures. God is good!!!!

Ashlee said...

Julie...This is Amber and Ashlee! She is so beautiful! We cant wait to meet her and hold her... Lola Joy couldnt have a better set of parents..She is already so loved by all of us! We love you all so much and cant wait until you return home safely... Love your girls!!!

Julie R. said...

Congratulations Julie and Doug!! Even though we haven't had a chance to meet in person, I continue to pray for you and your family every week!! Happy Gotcha Day!!! Lola Joy is so beautiful and I'm so happy for your family!!

Julie R.

Other said...

Julie and Doug,
We are so glad that everything is going so well for you all. Lola is beautiful! Such an amazing gift from God. He is truly AWESOME! She is so happy! Julie, I am so glad that you have your precious baby girl.. Mother and Daughter together.. that is a bond that is truly amazing.. God Bless you all! Be safe coming home. We will see you when we return from our vacation