Thursday, January 24, 2008

Ni Hao

Hey friends,
I just want to say thank you for all of your kind words. We've not had much time to post and when we have, we've been exhausted. I wanted to post quickly before we leave for the day.
Elyza's transition has gone so much better than we ever expected. She has bonded well with both us equally and gives us a lot of eye contact and smiles. It has been remarkable to see what a few days of undivided attention can do for her. Her personality is starting to shine through and we are really getting to know her as our own. After her first bath on Wednesday night, she began to open up immensely. Laughing, smiling and bouncing with excitement. She has been so good, not much fussing. We are so thankful that she is very healthy, except for an ear infection, and she has no respiratory cold.
She absolutely loves to eat! She gets so excited that we can barely feed her! She makes us laugh all the time! She loves to snuggle, rub our arms, and hold our finger. I couldn't ask for a more perfect daughter for us. I'm so thankful.
Today we are driving 8 hours round trip to her orphanage. This is a privilege in itself. We're also told that we have the opportunity to go inside her orphanage which is very rare for adoptive parents. It will be an emotional day for us seeing where she was while waiting for a family. However, we are grateful for the chance to visit and learn more about her though this experience. Her orphanage has taken very good care of her. They obviously care very much for the children there.
Hopefully, we can post soon. Thanks again for taking the journey with us!


Jodee Leader said...

I am so glad Elyza is bonding well with both of you. It sounds like she is a perfect fit for your family! I can't wait to see more pictures of your brown eyed girl!

Anonymous said...

Hope everything goes well and that the visit to the orphanage is more happy than sad. Are you sleeping at all? Is this sleeping well? I love that she is cuddly. How sweet.

Justin said...

Your journey has been absolutely heartwarming - those photos of her so peaceful and joyous actually made me watery eyed!

I wish you guys the best, and am looking forward to the next time I see you guys.

Shawnstribe said...

Hi guys
what a real treasure she is!!!!
and you all look so so happy!!!
thank you so so much for sharing such great photos.
lots of love
Shawn ans Aila Mei

Cameron said...

What a blessing. Elyza is beautiful. I'm overjoyed for you guys!
Love you,