Saturday, June 4, 2011

Hi all,
Well, we had court yesterday. It was both everything I expected, and nothing I expected. We were nervous but everything went smoothly. There were no surprises and the court granted us parents of Elizaveta - now Ember Grace.
We had our last visit with Ember this morning and it went great. She is officially ours and officially Ember Grace Senti.
We plunked her down today and she sat on her own just fine and started swinging her arms back and forth by twisting her torso. It was pretty dang funny to watch. She has triceps, but the jury is out on biceps, so she can pull her arms one way and uses her torso to flop them the other way.
We set up a few plastic toys about chest high in front of her and she would whack them down with a quick twist of her torso to get her arm swinging. Pretty dang inventive little creature. I kept moving the obstacle farther away and she can really get that arm swinging around to whack stuff. She had this little grin. Seemed to me she hadnt had the chance to do much like that so she was pretty gassed.
When we came in to her room this morning she was on the floor and was on her stomach. She cant use her arms so she has learned to arch her back. Poor kid must face plant an aweful lot. Funny and pathetic all at once. She flopped around on her back though lickity split. She is very motivated and I think will take very well to therapy.
The girls will be fabulous for eachother. I can see Ember bossing Sienna around to get her things, and I can see Sienna learning to get things and manipulate objects and puzzles because her sister cant. Perfect!

We are just packing up and getting ready for the 15 hr. train to the capital. On Monday Thad has his appt. at the embassy and we fly HOME on Tues! Yippity Do Dah!

Love to you all.


  1. Sweet beautiful girl! Yay for your early court date. :)

  2. Congratulations!!!

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    Rachel Whitmire
    Post-Adoption Care Coordinator
    Reeces Rainbow Down Syndrome Adoption Ministry

  3. Congratulations! I'm happy to hear that court went well with no surprises. This is one of the parts of this process that I am very nervous about!

  4. Congrats Lorene!!! She's just beautiful!

  5. Congratulations!!!! Much love, Grace

  6. Glad it went well. Did you have the judge that talks a mile a minute!!?? Pretty impressive, huh? Little Ember is looking happier and happier in every photo! I have just loved her to death since I saw her first photo and haven't even met her - I bet she has stolen your hearts! Here's to a wait period that flies by so you can get your girl home!

  7. Congratulations on the smooth court appt! I know you are so excited to be on the way home! Very happy for all of you, Becky Boland

  8. She is such a pretty baby girl. We looked at her for long and prayed for her to get a family for so long. Im so happy she has a place to call home now!! God Bless you guy;s! Take lo's of picture's and buy her a lot of little thing's to remember her country by when she is older. We did that with the 3 we adopted and Im so glad someone told us too. We were so busy there Im not sure I would have thought of it