Monday, July 18, 2011

We Have Our Girl!

Greetings from Sofia, Bulgaria!!

We are grateful to report that sleeping on our couch tonight is one Lilly Caroline Williams! Before I get into the joy that has been today I want to back up a bit. We are SO grateful to God that we easily made every one of our connections! We had great seat mates each leg of the trip, and short of a bit of turbulence landing in Sofia, the trip was as smooth as could be!

Can you tell which one of these pictures was taken at the beginning of our journey and which one was taken close to the end?? Just look at the "older" woman who apparently doesn't travel as well as the young chick! Boy, I felt about as good as I looked! On our first trip to Bulgaria my sleep suffered. I am SO grateful that God blessed me with fantastic sleep last night! I got a full 8+ hours and it made a world of difference!!

We headed out at 7:00am and were at the orphanage by about 8:45. We visited with the director for a bit and it was so clear that they love her very much. She said several times how much they will miss her, but they are so glad she has a forever family. Then the moment we have been longing for -- in she walked! They had dressed her up and fixed her hair and it was adorable!

It was clear as we made our way to the car that many had a hard time saying goodbye to her. One sweet little boy was sobbing! They did an excellent job of preparing her for this change, and she had her brave face on. She did so well! She clung to my arm and there was a real storm of emotion moving across her face. All of the things she was seeing were new to her on this car ride. She has ridden in a car maybe once or twice in her life. She did so well! I had prepared myself for the worst and was, once again, blown away and my expectations superseded!

We came back to the hotel, and after lunch we got right down to business! I was holding her and she pointed to my painted toenails and then to her toes and the fun began! She is certainly a girly girl! She changed her clothes three times today -- picking out her own outfits! So far language has not been a barrier. She very easily communicates with us and is very gentle and sweet. She had what seemed to be her first bath. It was a real treat to be able to share that with her and watch her wonder at the bubbles and sitting in the water. It was wonderful! We have had a fantastic first day together. We have been blessed beyond measure and I can't wait to see what tomorrow brings!!

So grateful for your prayers, love, and support!!!!!

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