Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Gotcha Day - Sept. 15

(Civil Affairs Office)
What a day! We were waiting at the Civil Affairs Office - signing papers and we see Jada get off of her little bus and walk into the office. Her orphanage director had been talking to us and immediately stopped to lead us over to Jada. They told her "Mama" and "Baba" and she repeated both words - oh so quietly. She didn't cry but went to me and one of the nannies gave her a bottle. (A bottle for a 3 year old - we weren't expecting that!! We may have to work on hiding that!!) She sat in our laps and never made a peep. She didn't want to look at us - just gave us little glimpses out of the corner of her eyes. There were no smiles - just a look of total blankness. Of course, we are trying to see how well she can see - checking her out up and down. She came to us in a diaper, but we are thinking that was just for travel. Whenever we set her on the potty she goes - so she must be trained. We got in our van to come back to the hotel and she almost fell asleep on Daddy until she woke up gagging - oops - another Bilby that gets car sick!! Caleb will have to share his bucket! We have had smiles, giggles, and she fed herself lunch. We count it all joy! The only tears we've had so far are when we tried to lay her down for her nap. No crying - just silent tears running down her cheeks. That's enough to make a momma cry too. The locals try to tell me she is a boy - Joe and I laugh and say "no, girl" but they shake their heads no at us! (Ok - I told you she needs some hair and some pink!!!)Here is what really breaks my heart - the people are clearly confused - they ask me if my husband is Chinese - I say No - they ask our guide why we want "China Children" - and she told them we had other children of our own but that we love children and want to have them in our family. They say we are very nice people! But we see them point at Jada's eyes - one lady very clearly was pointing at her eyes - that is the sad part - because she is not "perfect" people can not figure out why we'd want her. Joe and I have teared up a few times today - we will take her!! We love to see her smile, I love to help guide her feet over a new color of floor when she is hesitant, I love it when we put lotion on her feet and she won't let us stop - she smiles the whole time, I love it when she tries to play games with me when we are eating, I love how she wraps her baby in her napkin like a blanket and cradles the baby in her arms, and I love it when she looks up at me and says "Mama". She is perfect to us!
Xiaoxia (pronounced "Show" (as in shower) and "Sha" as in Cha, cha cha but with the "sh" on the front.) is napping right now and then we'll head out and see more of Nanjing tonight. This little one is overwhelmed by it all, I am sure. But she smiles - that's all worth it! God is good - His plan is good!

32 comments:

Whitty's Four said...

Congratulations!!! She is beautiful!!!!We are so happy for ya'all.God has been faithful,He is so worthy of praise!!
Enjoy your new daughter,
The Whitt's

Amy said...

What a precious smile. God has truly blessed your family and I am praying that He will quickly dry those silent tears and heal her little heart. Congratulations.

Kim K. said...

She's just precious. I'm so happy for you, Becky. The wait was so hard, but she's just perfect. Continued blessings to your family. Hugs!!

Sherri said...

Congratulations!! She is just beautiful.

Carrie said...

What a blessing!

Jill said...

She is gorgeous!! Congrats to both of you! Keep the pics coming!!

Dannye said...

I am so very glad things seem to be going so well with her adjustment into your family....such a perfect fit!! congrats!

Jill said...

Wow you guys as I read this I couldn't stop the tears. This to me is simply amazing. I agree Jada is perfect in everyway....why wouldn't she be she was hand picked by God and for the 2 of you it's great to see you smiling. You're both lucky, Jada's lucky and God is to thank.Blessing

Jill

J. Dabrowski said...

What a great day! Jody and I stayed up waiting for the pictures. We finally went to bed, but the first thing this morning, I went to my office and logged on to Facebook. Your words brought back so many memories [and tears] from a year ago for our family. People pointed. People asked questions. People asked why? Both our children were not perfect - both special needs. Today, they are changed. We are changed. We have thought of you often over these last few days and will continue to pray for the next few transitional hours. Jada is beautiful. She begins a new wonderful life. Thanks for sharing with us [we love the pictures].

Lora said...

Praise the Lord! What a precious, beautiful daughter God has given to you.
Sweet Jada: I love you already and cannot wait to meet you!
God's sweet peace continue to rest upon you all.

Nancy @ momjustlikeyou said...

I was so happy to see this post this morning! I am sure your heart is so full that it feels like bursting. :) Praying for a safe trip home and I know that the rest of the family anxiously awaits!

Jana said...

I'm SO SO HAPPY for you!! She's a doll baby ... and perfect in every way that truly matters. Congratulations to you and your family!!

Mom2Bs said...

Congratulation's!! Praying all continues to go well!!

Heather VE said...

God authored this day -- He wrote Jada's story, and yours, and combined them in this beautiful, creative saga that intertwines forever on September 15, 2009 -- and He made it GOOD! :) We are blessed to share your joy, and we're covering you in prayer for the remainder of the trip and transition time!

~verna said...

Amazing!

shelley said...

She is amazing.....people actually stopped on the street to look at our boy that wasn't perfect in their eyes. How the Lord will bless theses precious children.

So happy to see you all together

Karen said...

Becky . . . she is God's perfect gift for your family! I'm just so thankful to see you together!!!!
May God continue to guide and bless this part of your trip. We're praying for you here in California!!!

Kelley said...

Oh my goodness...I can't stop crying! God made her perfectly perfect and she is just adorable! I can't wait to show her photo to the ladies in my Bible study...they have been praying and will be thrilled to see her with y'all!
Love,
Kelley

Teresa said...

She is perfect! She's so cute and I love her little smile. Congratulations to your entire family!

Lisa said...

What a beauty! SO glad to see her in your arms at last! And I would enjoy the bottle times - at that age - being able to snuggle and have some good eye contact - it will help a ton with bonding and her learning to trust you. :)

Andy, Charity, Noah, Heath and Elijah said...

Oh Becky. How precious! Of course you'll take her. I can't imagine anyone who wouldn't love that beautiful smile. I love the pics of her with you & Joe - priceless.
Praying for more bonding & trust tomorrow. "Treasure this time in your heart!"

ManyBlessings said...

Is it ok if I'm crying over here? :)

God is faithful and He is good. His hand is on you now and His hand is on that precious new little Bilby.

dawn

Lori Lynn said...

She is so beautiful. Even with that hair, I can see the delicate and feminine features in her face. Good thing I have a box of tissues on my desk. What a darling!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Becky, I'm in tears! Its just so amazing when these children that we have been watching thru photos are finally placed in the loving arms of their forever families...who LOVE them and think they are PERFECT!

I know it seems strange for a 3 year old to take a bottle but it actually helps with the bonding process to hold her while she takes her bottle. Both of my girls still take a bottle.

I am extremely happy for Jada and for your family!!! Congratulations!!!

Blessings,
Robin

Millhoupt's said...

It is so good to see Jada. I love the little smile she is giving Becky in that picture. We are praying everyday for our new Niece. I think she is perfect in every way that God intended! Praise the Lord for her.

Carrie said...

You just could not have expressed your love for Jada any better regardless of what the locals say or feel. I can see it and feel it and it is beautiful! Jada gets to experience a love that is unconditional from her earthly parents and a very deep love from her heavenly Father......anything else at this point is no comparison! Keep loving on her and taking it day by day. I am so thankful God lead you to Jada and yes His plan is so good!

Blessed Mom of Four, Now Five said...

What a beautiful post! What a beautiful girl! What a beautiful family!
God Bless,
Robbie

Love for Lilly Yin said...

What a happy day! Thank you God for choosing us to be the parents of these sweet girls!

Carey said...

Oh, oh, oh, congratulations!! She is SOOO beautiful!!!!! And sweet, oh, what a sweetie!! And, hey, a bottle just might help with bonding! What a honey. CONGRATULATIONS!!! We're so happy for you guys!!

hollym. said...

Oh My, Becky and Joe!!!
Jada is GORGEOUS!!! She is just perfect for your family. I'm so excited that you have her and that she has her family now.:)Can hardly wait to see her with the rest of your fam.
WOOHOOOO!!

hollym. said...

And I love the pics of Jada and her Momma and Daddy. Your faces say it all!

Janelle said...

Congratulations! She's absolutely beautiful. As others have said - she is perfectly and wonderfully made - her eyes are just one more characteristic of her that make her who she is. :-) God bless all of you as she transitions into your loving home!

When you are harvesting your crops and forget to bring in a bundle of grain from your field, don't go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigners, orphans and widows. Then the LORD your God will bless you in all you do.
~Deuteronomy 24:19

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