it went well

It went well today. Kelly practically jumped in our laps as soon as she met us and didn’t stop laughing and talking until we just put them down for a nap 30 minutes ago. Monica thought she was prepared to meet us but moments after the introduction she started crying so they took her out to calm down. It took about a half hour for her to stop crying. We all went down to the playground at the ICBF office to try and help Monica transition into this change. She started to open up to us after we showed Kelly how to blow bubbles. Bubbles were the life saver. And gafas de sol. And dulces.

As soon as we got back to the hotel we went swimming. They LOVE to swim. Kelly has NO FEAR and Monica is much more cautious but she likes to hear praise when she tries to do something daring, like put her face under the water. Both of them let us hold them. Being in the water is great because it has kind of forced them to trust us, cling to us, hug us. Then we had lunch. I showed the girls that I was going to give them chips, granola bar, butter and jelly sandwhich, and cheese. When I showed Kelly the chips I put on her plate she told me she wanted the whole bag instead. I said no, she said yes, I said no, she said yes. You get the idea. Then we started laughing. I have a feeling she is going to be the one to test us. Monica just looks to Kelly to she what she’s doing before she’ll try it. Kind of like Ava and Gracie.

Now they are on the bed resting. We were told they rest for about an hour to an hour and a half. We’ll see. They’re just staring at me right now as I write this but they aren’t talking. They’re just quiet and curious at the moment. So far, no tears shed on anyone’s part. Zach is going to go out tonight and buy Chinese food for dinner. Apparently that’s one of their favorite foods. We’ll have to do more grocery shopping tonight too. Here are a few pictures of the day. If you click on the picture you can see a larger version of it.

26 replies on “it went well”

Praise God for bubbles, candy, pools, and his presence! Glad you could give us such a wonderful and complete update with pictures!! Can’t wait for the kids to come home to show them. They have been persistent prayer warriors, and they will be excited to see the answers to their prayers which are written all over all your faces. The girls are adorable. God is good and He will continue to direct your journey!

Oh. My. Gosh! Adorable! Ok I’m going to actually read what you posted. I totally just skipped to the pictures. Love you all!

I am so glad for yours and Zach’s writing skills. They are adorable and I can hardly wait to say Hi. One of my parents that adopted two girls told me to tell you guys to save the clothes they came in and not wash the so they can remember the smell. I guess there’s suppose to be something familiar about and old smell.

Hmmm, I like that idea but Monica spilled a whole cup of soda down the front of her dress. It was drenched. Love you mom.

Congratulations!!!! I’m so glad things went well during the day! Still praying for your family… did you ever think it would happen? I love the pictures!

Love reading about your journey! Your little girls are ADORABLE!! What fun! Enjoy reading and seeing all the pictures and seeing you have so much fun.
Keeping you and your new family in our prayers.
The DeVissers

My fifth period world history kids are looking at me like I’m crazy, but I can’t stop crying….I’m so happy for your entire family!

I just cried the whole way home from Dayton…I was “that woman” who was way too into her phone while driving. I hope your Chinese dinner together tonight is sweet! Not too long until you’ll be cooking out together and watching the girls run around the back yard…I just can’t wait for that!

Love you and miss you!

Beth and Mark

I am SO glad to hear that everything went well today! I have been thinking and praying for you guys all day. The girls are adorable! 🙂

Wonderful!! What a blessing to now be a family of 4! Excited about your journey and we will be following along 😉 All the best to all of you! Enjoy every minute in Colombia. When we brought our son home from Guatemala, the time that you spend in the country before coming home is priceless! Enjoy uninterrupted family time!

Praying for all of you too!

Wow–your meeting sounded quite surreal and very much like ours with our two children. Our youngest came running to us and was great from the beginning. Our oldest cried after the initial introductions. It sounds like she came out of her sadness quicker and better than our child did which I am grateful to hear. Swimming sounds like an excellent way to get them to really be with you and a part of a “family.” How fortunate. Praying for you daily and hoping for many bright days ahead!

I have read your recent post three times because I want to make sure I have not missed any details! So happy and tearful. Auntie Leah loves you all so much!

YEAH!!! I am so excited to hear everything went well today. It must be nice to swim outside this time of year. I was thinking and praying for you guys today, thanks for the update and the pictures.

Thanks for sharing your story with us! I cried with joy as I read about your day and saw your family pictures. You have beautiful girls with snappy eyes! Congratulations on your growing family!

The girls are gorgeous! We can’t wait for you guys to get back so we can see them. Mom and I read your blog tonight. It is awesome! Hoping the rest of your stay goes great. What fun! Did you show the girls the video of their room? What did they think?

I have been so excited all day just imagining you guys meeting the girls! I LOVE seeing the pictures. I couldn’t wait to get home and see if you had posted something. Can’t wait to skype with you when you get a chance.

You are a lovely family of four! We have been eagerly checking your blog anticipating this very day. Our prayers will continue for each of you as you journey together – now a family of four great people. What wonderful gifts God has blessed you with! With Joy, Tom and Trista

I’ve been thinking of you all often and it is awesome to hear how well things have gone! The girls are adorable! Tears are coming in response to excitement, amazement and thankfulness that God has brought you all together!

Hi guys,
I have been thinking about all of you and have been wondering about the first meeting and the first day. Glad to hear about the bubbles and candy! =) The girls are so adorable! Will continue sending positive thoughts your way as you all get to know one another and begin your lives together! Talk later,
Children’s Hope

Ok, your daughters could not be any CUTER!!! What precious little girls! We love reading your updates and have been thinking about you all and praying for you all continuously! We send our love to the 4 of you!

Thank you for sharing your beautiful girls pictures and fun activities! Your Mom was so excited to share, Renee! It is so special to be a grandparent! Wishing the very best for your new family and anxiously awaiting to hear you are home! May Gods love protect and sustain you!

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