|All of our Houston family in the elevator...they all fit!|
|Our awaiting public...look at all those signs!|
When we got out of immigration, our children ran up and met us. They were so excited to see us, they gave us all their posters and took Alice from me. I didn't see her again until we left the airport!
|Meeting Grandma for the first time...see Charlotte's hand? She followed Alice every where. Charlotte is in almost every picture...at least part of her!|
Alice was exhausted. She just let everyone hold her and kiss on her. Never made a sound. And she was passed around and around and around. Bless her heart. Everyone had prayed so hard for her and helped us through the whole process. It was like she belonged to all of us.
|My father-in-law gathered us all together for a time a prayer and praise.|
We have had such a wonderful time since being home. Alice has really enjoyed all the attention she's gotten with 3 older sisters and 2 older brothers. Erin and I have to schedule time to hold her!
I took her to our pediatrician on Thursday (the day after we came home.) The doctor asked for her medical history. Um, she had heart surgery....yeah, that's all I know. She ordered a ton of tests...blood, urine, and a stool sample (still haven't figured out how to get that one!) Alice also has a good sized hernia. We meet with the pediatric surgeon on Thursday morning. And the pediatric cardiologist in March. And physical therapy sometime in there.
She sleeps great. She fusses sometimes, but not very much. Some of that is due to the orphanage. She learned that no one would answer her cries...so why bother? We are training her that we will be there for her.
I can't believe we've had her for 2 weeks now! She's starting to fill out, praise the Lord! Where her stomach used to fall in, it now is wonderfully round. Her hair is growing and shining. Her face is starting to fill out and she smiles now when we reach for her. She's such a delight to us all!
It's amazing to me what love and care can do for a child. 2 weeks. I can't wait to see how much she'll blossom and grow from here.
I love to be able to tell strangers what the Lord has allowed us to here. I haven't taken her out much. But, when I do, I tell everyone that stands still long enough to hear Alice's tale. It is such a beautiful story. It is our story, the story of our redemption.