|Ready for her Adoption Day!|
|Signing Papers. A lot of fears coming back today|
|With the orphanage staff|
We loaded the van with our guide at 8:30 then headed to the office. We were the first ones there which was great! No waiting! There were about 7 other families who adopted in our province this week. All but one got boys. They were all younger than Lottie from what we could tell.
We filled out questions about why we were adopting, promised to never harm her or abandon her, signed a bunch of documents and fingerprinted them. Then we went to another desk where a notary had us fill out more paperwork. We paid some fees and gave the officials gifts, then were told congratulations! She was ours!
Three of the orphanage workers came out to see us again and collect some of the documents. We were able to ask a few more questions. They presented us with a Yixing tea pot and we took a photo with them. Then we were free to go!
Lottie froze again today while we were there. She doesn’t like all the people and noise and seeing the workers made her scared and confused. Even explaining she’s staying with us didn’t seem to help. She is going through so much in her heart and mind, and can’t explain it at all since she only says a handful of words.
|View of Nanjing from our hotel window|
When she got too weak kneed Kris carried her on his shoulders. When we are out we always hold one or both of her hands because she has no depth perception. Any bump of curve on the sidewalk is not seen and she trips and falls.
|Our official photo!|
The girls fell asleep immediately after going to bed tonight. What a gift!
|Happy with Daddy|
Lottie still will not show affection, but she really likes us know. She wants to be with us. She nods her head and smiles when we ask her if she loves us. As Love is modeled to her, with time she will learn how to return it. She is trying to say a couple new words today and has made some new signs to communicate what she wants. She is a smart girl!
Tomorrow is our orphanage visit day. We know it will be hard, but very necessary for all of us. We need to go to understand her story and got her to have closure and have photos and video of her beginnings here. May the Lord give us strength!