So sorry for the delay in posting. Our internet has been down since yesterday :( So, without further ado~
We are praising God for having Khloie!
Thank you for your beautiful words of encouragement!
Isn't she lovely?!?
We were to arrive at the Civil Affairs building at 2, and we were early. And the orphanage staff was late. My stomach was in knots waiting. And then they walked in...
Xuan Xuan *pronounced Schwin Schwin* is a tiny little thing underneath bundles of clothing.
She has the softest voice and such a pleasant personality...but girlfriend knows what she wants!
At first she didn't want either one of us. She eventually went to Mommy...or maybe I just swiped her out of their arms :)
Once Daddy held her that was it.
The best place for Mommy was 2 steps behind.
Daddy had her smiling and then giggling in no time.
Trying on jewelry.
She copies everything! She even learned the sign for "more" on the van ride home.
Stickers were awesome! Especially when she got to slap them on Mommy's face.
At the Civil Affairs office we were able to ask more questions about her history, her daily routine and her likes and dislikes.
We then went to a photo shop to have our adoption picture and her passport picture made.
Then, because the orphanage staff was not able to carry the boxes of diapers onto the bus for the trip home, we stopped at a post office to ship them. No kidding, it cost 17 rmb (that's less than $3!)
The van driver, Khloie and I stayed in the van while Daddy and Celine went to the PO. At first things were good. We knocked on the window,we played peekaboo and we made faces...and then baby girl got very sad. It broke my heart. She has such a soft cry, but her tears broke through. As I gently rubbed her tiny legs and whispered to her, she finally gave up and settled down. That was the beginning of a breakthrough.
When Daddy returned she wanted to sit on his lap, but she no longer pushed me away.
Since we skipped lunch and Khloie had a 5 hour bus ride...and because food is the way to any Johnson's heart, we decided to eat an early dinner in the hotel restaurant.
I was curious what she could really eat, which turns out is very limited. I had her sit on my lap, and I fed her. I am determined to get her to accept me :) It worked!
She loves congee and eggs. She eats very slowly and holds food in her mouth so we are careful to keep her from choking.
Once in the room, we were all exhausted, but I was dying to put her in fresh PJs and give her a warm bottle. So we gave her a warm bath...
lotioned her dry skin, made a warm bottle, and she settled right in.
She fell asleep like this. And didn't stir when I moved her to the crib.
Today we return to Civil Affairs to complete the adoption paperwork and then have free time this afternoon.
God is so very good!
We have been incredibly blessed.
Smith Family, you are a.m.a.z.i.n.g!
Church Family, you are a.m.a.z.i.n.g!
We praise God for all of you!
Please continue praying for Khloie. Her world has been turned upside down. Although she will settle in and learn to accept love, right now she is in a state of trauma and turmoil.
She is loved. She is orphaned no more!