1.10.2011

introducing

she's here!!!!!  our miracle, sarahjoy makiah, is in our arms and she is everything we prayed for. 

 

after waiting for what seemed like an eternity today, we drove to the civil affairs office, walked up a flight of stairs, into an empty room and there she was, sitting on the bench with her nannies waiting for us.  she was with several other children from the orphanage but I knew just who she was.  and of course, she was by far the cutest one!   we didn't notice till later but of all things, what was on her little pants?  GUNS!  she'll fit right in with our family.

 

we learned that in fact she has been in foster care for 2 years.  which is a huge blessing and completely unexpected.  she appears to be a happy, active little girl.  so different than lydia who didn't say a word to us, sarahjoy has not stopped talking since we got her.  and she wiggles and squirms just like a good old fashioned 2 year old!  this afternoon it was almost like she was frantic and couldn't stop moving – i don't know if that is her way of grieving or if she is just going to keep us hopping! 

 

she is really, really tiny.  not necessarily short, but super tiny.   we put on her 6-12 month tights and they fit perfectly on her little 2 year old body.  the first few hours i felt like I was going to break her if I touched her.   she reminds me of a newborn in that she just doesn't have any fat on her.  she also appears to have something going on in her rib cavity around her heart.  i am not sure if that is just because she is so skinny that you see things you don't normally see on a little body, or if it is heart related, or something new that we don't know about.  at any rate, she is ours and we love her and we will weather whatever storms we have to.

 

we went to dinner tonight at the hotel's chinese restaurant (as opposed to the western food restaurant which was less than edible).  she ate and ate and ate and ate.   and then it was bath time  which she was not terribly fond of.   i have to be honest, it is a bit frightening how tiny she is.  the mommy in me is worried about her.  we knew that she was going to be tiny, but when you see her naked little body it is alarming.    after bath time, she ate some more.  she loves her some goldfish.

 

tomorrow we go to her orphanage to get her passport.  if she is as active as she was today, it could be an interesting trip!  i told eric that at times, i feel like a new mom – it has been so long since I chased after a 2 year old, fed someone dinner, changed diapers, and dressed a little person.  but hey, it will keep me young, right?

 

enjoy the pictures!   

 

 

23 comments:

Julie said...

Love the pictures! Congratulations!

Travis Jacques said...

Lucy and I have been stalking the blog for about an hour waiting to see our first glimpses of her new BFF. She's beautiful! Congratulations!
-The Jacques

Kristie said...

She is beautiful. Congrats!

Cara said...

Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! SO happy to hear she has been in foster care. Silas was not and was in the Datong orphanage for almost 2 years. I am so happy she has been with a family!

Cristina said...

Yay!!! I have been following your blog everyday since you left. She is beautiful and seems to fit like a glove! Can't wait to meet her!
Cristina

Jen said...

What an amazing day for your family! I hope things continue to go well. Praying for your trip to Datong today.
Hugs,
Jen

Jeff said...

Congratulations Ashleigh and Eric! I love the picture of her and Eric smiling at each other. Beautiful daughter!

Laura and John said...

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! So, so happy she is finally in your arms!!!

Jill said...

Congratulations! The tears are welling up as I look over the pics with your precious daughter. What a blessing that she was with a foster family this whole time. Have a wonderful time spoiling her with all the food she can eat. :) Our prayers continue...

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! She's absolutely beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Wow-incredible! Sarahjoy is just beautiful and God is so faithful and good!

~Karen Schanck

Sonshine Island said...

can't wait to meet this bundle of precious!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yay! this is so beautiful, you are making me cry. Praise the Lord!!! praying for a safe trip home and that you beach bums don't freeze your tails off!!
much love, tina

Josiah said...

shes SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE!

em and pete said...

Love the pictures! She has the best smile! :) We're continuing to pray for all the adjustments!

Anonymous said...

congratulations. i'm so excited for you all! i love the pictures and cant wait to squeeze her (although not too hard). continued prayers are being sent your way. enjoy this time with your sweet girl

julie k.

The Kittrell 5 said...

The Kittrells say, "Woohoo!!" Such precious moments with such a precious girl.

Kristen and Jonathan said...

She is just beautiful!! Congratulations!!!

Rick & Gail Davidson said...

OH WOW! She's beautiful! Praise God. So glad she's finally yours. We will continue to pray for your safe return with your new family member.

Charylane said...

Woooohooooooo!!!!!!!!! She's gorgemous!!! Weehhaaa!

Claire said...

LOVE the pictures! So adorable! Praying for continued good eating and a bit less squirming, and some great time together! Praying all the legal things and travel go well too, and that maybe even now, as she's with you, she'll be growing!

Tracy said...

abby and i watched it a little while ago, now watching it again with Emma and Scott--so amazing.. thanks for letting all of us be a part of God's amazing miracle!:)

Tracy, Scott, Abby and Emma

dawn said...

so very happy for you all...congratulations! She is stinkin' adorable--just like your other kiddos.

Hugs to you and Eric.
(dawn wilkinson)