Monday, March 5, 2012

We are Parents

We have prayed and dreamed about this day and it is finally here.  We were not anxious or nervous at all as we headed out this morning.  We experienced a peace only God could give.There are two other families with us.  One adopted a two year old girl and the other a 10 year old.  We are blessed to have these experienced parents with us.

Dennis signing papers
As we entered the orphanage, we were first given a pile of papers to sign.  They included everything from temporary guardianship to some of the adoption documents we will finalize tomorrow.

Shortly after, Brooke entered the room.  She was absolutely beautiful!  She came to us right away and seemed comfortable with us.  It didn't take long for her to be sitting on the couch with us and interacting.  

Our first family picture.
Her smiles were amazing.  She had with her the Wisconsin sweatshirt we had sent her and pulled it out of her bag to show us.  She also had all of the other things we had sent her.  When she pulled out the stuffed springer spaniel we sent her, we thought it was a good time to tell her there were dogs at home.  Dennis pulled up a picture of Willow and one of Maddie and she pointed to parts of the stuffed dog and then to our dogs.  The interpreter asked her if she liked dogs and she said she does.  The interpreter told her that the dogs in the picture were at our house but would not be there when we first got home.

She wrote on the doodle pad, "Mommy and Daddy I love you."
Daddy and Brooke playing a video game.
At the door as we left the orphanage.
She also took out the photo album we sent her and pulled out a letter from her foster family along with contact information.  We were advised not to use it immediately as it may make it hard for her.  We are so grateful to this family for the love they have given her. 

We stopped at a McDonalds for lunch and then to a grocery store to pick up some snacks.  At McDonalds she would take a bite or two of her corn and then put the spoon up for us to have a bite.  She did the same with her ice cream too.  Such a sweet girl.

Asleep in the cart.
By this point she was exhausted and said she had a headache.  As soon as we got to the hotel room, she crawled into bed and went to sleep.  

We will spend the rest of the day relaxing at the hotel.  We will go for a short walk to a get a bite to eat later but mostly we will spend time getting to know one another.  

Our hearts are full and marveling at the gift God has given to us. Please remember to pray for us as we bond together as a family.  


  1. Congratulations, the wait is over! She looks like an absolutely amazing little girl and you three look perfect as a family. I'm so happy for you!
    Renee in Denver

  2. So so happy for all three of you!!! She is beautiful. My prayers are still being lifted for you during this wonderful time in your lives. Congratulations!!

  3. Tears of joy as I read this! What a sweetheart she is! Praying for you!

  4. Ellen I could hardly wait to get online to see pictures of you 3 together! So happy it went so well....she is an amazing little girl! On the foster parent contact info, I know you won't want to contact them right now but, how nice to have this info! Many prayers for the rest of your trip...

  5. She is gorgeous! Congrats & can't wait to follow along on the rest of your journey!

  6. Congrats! I can't help but fight back tears. Seeing families formed in this way is truly a miracle!

  7. So Awesome! Thanks for letting us share this wonderful family day with you. She is just beautiful!

  8. Congratulations on this beautiful miracle. so happy for you!

  9. I read your post this morning with tears - so happy and excited for you guys and excited to see what God has ahead for your family. Can't wait to meet Brooke!!

  10. Oh so excited for u all Ellen!!! She looks and sounds like a very sweet girl!! Praying for you all!!

  11. I am overwhelmed by God's goodness to all three of you!!!!!

  12. Congratulations Mama and Baba!!!!! I'm thrilled to see the
    "March" group meeting their children. Wishing you your happily ever after!!

    Loriprinty from RQ

  13. Sounds absolutely perfect, so far:) Congrats on becoming parents!!! Couldn't help but shed a tear when I read what Brooke wrote on her doodle pad:)

    God bless you guys on the remainder of the journey!!! Thanks for sharing:)

    Lisa Murphy

  14. So Very beautiful and moving. Thank you for sharing your miraculous day!


  15. I couldn't wait to get home tonight and read about your day. We are so happy for you and are praising God tonight for His faithfulness.


  16. Congrats! She is beautiful. I'm glad things went so well for all of you. I'm sure there will be some down times, also. Looking forward to updates and more pics. Blessings

  17. Chris, Amy, and ColleenMarch 5, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Congrats!! So happy for all of you!
    God Bless! Take care and Safe travels!
    Chris, Amy, and Colleen

  18. So happy for you!!!! She is adorable! I will be praying for you guys!

  19. You're parents!!! Congratulations! Hang on for the ride of your life! Know that I am praying for you guys as you begin your new family! Blessings from Florida... Lori McCary

  20. It's a long-awaited, yippie skippy day. Welcome, Dear Brooklyn Jiani!