Her excitement had me looking back at posts from our last vacation. We were anxiously waiting to meet our sweet little ladybug and did a lot of wondering about her. Click here to read that post. Now, we have so many of our answers...
The kids questions were easy: She loves our pictures of the ocean and sand, so at least that's a step in the right direction. She does like seafood, sometimes. She has her spot in the car and has picked out where she wants to sleep in the RV. She looks adorable with and without her piggy tails. Lily loves for Mary Ashtyn to fix her hair.
Ours were a little harder: Meeting our Lily for the first time was amazing, until the meltdown. Almost 2 months later, we have not had any big episodes of grieving since we got home. She can't communicate with us enough to tell us if she thought of us while we waited to travel, but she knew us and we could tell that she had looked at our photo albums a bunch. Will she be able to go camping? Of course, even if she is in a body cast :)
Will she be able to run and put her toes in the ocean? No, not this year. Not by herself, not yet...maybe not ever. (Still wondering and excited to see what God will do). Will she love sitting in a row with the BamFam5 letting the waves wash over all of us? YES, I can hear her giggling and squealing now. She is so full of joy, nothing stops her from living and loving every experience. She inspires me to enjoy every second of life!!
Is she overwhelmed by how much we love her? OH NO!! She is taking it all in stride. It didn't take her long to get used to our hugs and kisses...she's even giving some of her own now. At first, when we told her I love you in Chinese, she'd just smile and shake her head. Now, she says "I love you" to us as we are leaving or tucking her in.
Lily hasn't been home very long, but we have learned so much from her already. The months of waiting and wondering about her are over. Now, we just wonder how we got so blessed!!
Please whisper a little prayer for Lily tomorrow. We have her first appointment with her neurologist. We aren't sure what testing and procedures will take place, but we are anxious for answers.
Trust in Him at all times; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.