Sunday, May 29, 2011

Nice Day

Today was a nice day. The weather has been so nice and sunny. We spent some time walking around the street market soaking up the sights and smells - not always pleasant! We had a great pizza for lunch, and of course spent some nice time with Ember. She was a bit more hesitant today but when we started playing with the balls she brightened up. She still will not let Thad hold her. He did take her today and she didn't cry too much until he sat down with her. Then she poured it on! I took her back and she did quit crying but pretty much shut down for the rest of our visit. She became very subdued and quiet. She is a smart little stinker and can mimic any face we pull at her. She copies all of Thad's expressions. I can't wait to see her again tomorrow. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Day 2

Today we were able to head to the orphanage around 9:00. We were completely on our own to find our way but managed fine. As soon as the caregiver brought Ember to us she started crying. They led us outside and handed her to me. It didn't take too long before she quit crying. We just walked around and watched the other children for most of this visit. Around 10:00 they came to get her for nap time.
We then headed to the grocery store and picked up some food and water. We came back to the apartment and took naps. We seem to be tired all the time!
Around 4:30 we decided to head back to the orphanage so we took grabbed a cab and when we got there we had to wait for them to finish feeding her dinner and then they brought her to us outside. This time she only cried for a short bit. She enjoys sitting on the ground between my legs and rolling a ball to Thad. This visit was much more enjoyable and we saw some serious personality from her. She will imitate our faces - fish lips, sticking tongue out, etc. We also were able to get her to laugh a bunch. She is afraid of Thad so he hasn't had the chance to hold her yet. She will let him touch her but the closer he gets the more serious she is.
She is called "Leeza" here so for now that is what we call her. She is confused enough so for now she is going by Leeza. Her hands and fingers are quite stiff and have little movement. Her wrists too. She has not attempted at all to use her arms. She will roll her shoulders to pull her arm away. We have seen her move her fingers just tiny amounts so we know there is some ability there. It doesn't appear to us that she has ever used her arms. Her legs both can move. The left leg (the one missing her foot) looks like it is continually out of the hip socket. Again she doesn't make much of an effort to move her legs. I am not sure how much of this is because she hasn't been pushed to try or because she just can't. It will be good to get her home and be seen by specialists. We ended the visit with many smiles and no tears. All in all a good day.
It is smokey here - everyone smokes. The city isn't too bad. There isn't a lot to do or sightsee but it has a few nice parks nearby and the streets are fun to walk.

Click here to see Ember "talking"

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Big Day

Today was a big, tiring day! We spent 15 hrs on a train to get to Ember's region. Once we got here it has been a whirlwind of business and paperwork. We also finally stopped at the orphanage. After meeting the directer and answering her questions they brought Ember in. Oh my what a darling, tiny, scared little soul. She was so sad. We visited for only about 10 min. in which if we got too close she started crying. Poor baby. Tomorrow we will head over there around 9:00 for an hr. and I hope to be able to hold her then.
This is very tiring. Mentally exhausting. I think we are don't with paperwork for a few days so we can concentrate on our visits with Ember and getting her used to us.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

We are here

We made it to the capital city with no problems or delays. The weather is beautiful as well as the city. Our apartment is small - basically a studio type but it is nice and clean. This morning (Tues.) we had our SDA appointment. It took all of about 5 min.! We were shown a picture of Ember to verify that is who we were adopting, then asked to tell them a bit about ourselves, and then it was over. Tomorrow we pick up her referral paperwork and catch our 15 train ride to her region.
We spend some time seeing some of the sights and walking the streets. It has been pleasant and interesting so far. Thursday is the day we expect to finally meet Ember. We did find out that she has no siblings and was born to a single mom. I probably won't update again until Thurs. night when I hope to have pictures of Ember to share!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Less than 24 hrs.

Well, the time is here. Tomorrow we head out to meet Ember. Right now the "plan" is that we settle in for a day or so and then Tues. May 24 at 11:00 am we have our SDA appointment when we officially get Ember's referral. This will give us permission to travel to her region and meet her! Paperwork takes about 24 hrs. so hopefully on Wed. night we will board a train for the 15 hr. ride to the region where she resides. I hope we get to meet her on Thurs. when we arrive! I can hardly believe it is time already. So much preparation, expense, prayer.
I have a couple of specific prayer requests.
1. Pray for a quick court date - this can take anywhere from 2 - 3 weeks after our SDA appt. Thad can NOT miss more work, we can NOT be apart from our kids that long, we can NOT afford to stay longer...

2. Pray for our kids at home. They will be fine without us but 3 weeks is a long time. Especially Sienna - she is so young and just at that clingy stage. I will miss them all tremendously.

3. Pray for Ember. Her world is about to be turned upside down. Even though WE know this is better for her than living in an institution, she doesn't know that. She will likely be afraid of us.

We will try and update here as much as we can. Thank you to everyone for your prayers and support.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Tickets are booked

May 21 we will be leaving for Eastern Europe. The time is coming up so quickly - how will I get everything done here that needs to be done! I'm worried I'll forget something important. I worry about my kids while we're gone. I worry that our trip will end up taking longer than planned and Thad will run into work trouble. I worry that we will not have enough money - especially if we have to stay longer. So many worries. God is bigger than my worries. I know that, and am immensely grateful for that. But in my humanness I battle to remember that He is in control. I feel myself fighting to control everything I can right now because so much is out of my control. This is hard for me.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Oh my - thank you!

We want to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for the prayers, support, and financial contributions to Ember's adoption. We are overwhelmed with the support we have been shown. I am excited to announce the winner to our ipad 2 giveaway. Our winner - using is Lou and Sandy Regnerus.