Well, it finally happened. I still feel not quite so real right now. Today I got to hold my beautiful daughter Zoe. She is so cute!!!
So, let me give you a few details first regarding our situation. We were to have a court date on Monday and we arrived Tuesday night to find out that they decided to have a holiday on Monday so we didn't have a court date. We found out that they wanted to schedule our court date for next monday. So today we met with Zoe for a couple of hours and then went to the court house to try to get stuff done. Lucky us, our lawyer convinced the judge to let us go to court today!!! And tomorrow we get the ruling!!! We are so lucky that everything worked out. So basically that means that I can't show pictures yet of Zoe until our ruling tomorrow, but then I can show you pictures. Here are just a couple of pictures until then. Here is Josh with our guide Lynn and our lawyer.
Here is the entrance to the orphanage. It is well known for the blue color throughout the entire orphanage.
Now on to meeting Zoe.
So we drove to the orphanage and waited for the nuns to bring her out. Finally she came out and we saw her walk up with the nun. It was amazing to see her in real life. I went down and picked her up and of course she started crying. She kept pushing away from me and trying to get away, but I wouldn't let her. I kept holding on and rubbing her back, while rocking her back and forth whispering words in her ear. Finally she just fell asleep in my arms. Josh and I held for about an hour and 1/2 before she woke up. She woke up in my arms and at first was a little nervous and then suddenly she was clinging to me. She was holding me tight. When I leaned in a little towards her, she leaned her entire body against mine. She was so quite, didn't say one word, however she just keep holding on to me. It was just as beautiful when I gave birth to my first two boys and I got to hold them for the first time.
We finally had to go to court and it was so sad to say good-bye, but the good news is that she didn't wat to go back to the nuns. She was clinging on to me and started crying again. She wanted me. I was so sad and happy at the same time.
I told her that I would be back tomorrow. We go again tomorrow morning to be with her and then we will go back to court to get our ruling. We are also going to try and get our travel documents together tomorrow so we can have Zoe come home and sleep the night with us. I'll keep you posted on everything.
For those of you waiting patiently for your little ones- just keep holding on. It will happen. And it is the best thing in the world.
Thanks for your prayers! Things are going so well. We hope they continue. Please continue praying that Zoe will continue to bond with us and that we will be able to get all of our paperwork together soon.
We love you all!!!!! And hopefully tomorrow we can show you our little girl!!!