Our day started out with an email from Jenny Smith this morning that said, "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." SO TRUE!!!
I will skip our early morning details as the day kind of dragged on this morning. Two o'clock in the afternoon couldn't come soon enough but when it did, we were so ready to go. We made our way to the civil affairs office and were scurried to the top floor. The next hour was total choas to say the least. Small room, very warm, babies screaming, you name it and it probably happened. We got our cameras ready, final paperwork handed over and met Jenny Smith. Jenny gave us a picture book from her life the past two years plus her belongings. About 10 minutes later, our name was called and there we stood waiting for her to come out of the "kids room" behind the curtain. Then she came out, led by the orphanage director from Maoming and Rose who is the medical coordinator of True Children's Home. Linnea was given to LeighAnn as I took pictures. She did great for about 10 minutes but when the volume went up in the room from kids screaming, I think she got scared. She lost it after that and cried quietly pretty much the rest of the time we were there. LeighAnn was great! I think every child is attracted to her so Linnea just latched on to her. For all of you who have seen LeighAnn at VBS, children's choir, etc., you probably can imagine how children just feel safe and loved with LeighAnn. She is a beautiful little girl! She is definitely little...only 19 lbs so very thin but tall (and she has long fingers, perfect for playing the piano...I'm already jealous about that as I have short fingers!)
We came back to the hotel after the civil affairs office. We dropped everything off in the room and the guys went to the local Trust Mart (Wal-Mart) with the shopping lists of needed items. LeighAnn took a walk with Linnea as she seems to love the outdoors (which we were told beforehand as well from Jenny). LeighAnn is giving her a bath now which is going very well.
Thank you again for your prayers. So thankful today is here and now Linnea is with her forever family!
Here are some pictures from today:
|About to head into the room at the Civil Affairs Office. Miko (our guide and translator on the far left)|
|Waiting anxiously in anticipation!|
|Here she comes...being led out by the Maoming orphanage director and Rose|
|In LeighAnn's arms finally!|
|What a sweet girl!|
|Loving some raisins|
|A tearful goodbye to Jenny. This was hard on us. Thank you Jenny for all you have done for these precious little ones. I am sure the Lord will have some special jewels for you one day.|
|After saying goodbye to Jenny and Rose, LeighAnn comforting Linnea by singing Jesus Loves Me. Oh we can't wait to tell you just how much He does love You!|
|On the ride home. Scared at first of the car ride but buried in Mommy's arms|
|Finally at the hotel. She came to me tonight which made my day....walked all the way across the room to me|
|After her bath, Mommy and Linnea read a book. She loves to be read to and turn the pages, especially with the musical books.|
|Playing with blocks that make noise|
|Eating some dinner. Yogurt seemed to hit the spot!|
|Our sweet little Angel!|