Friday, December 21, 2007

Worth the Wait!




We got to meet our baby girl this morning! She is just the sweetest little thing! We are so in love!

When we got to the center this morning, they had the three babies for our group laying on a blanket in the common area waiting for us. The boys were much bigger and were on their stomachs. DoriGrace was on her back. I walked up and knelt over her and gave her a quick shower with my tears. Walker was right in the mix of it and JB was trying to document. It was just a surreal moment...I can't even describe it.

I can say that DoriGrace is really quite taken with her father. As we looked back through our photos of the morning, it was truly amazing how many she is just staring, adoringly at JB.

The center is very impressive. Clean, quiet, and well-staffed with attentive young caregivers. We were very comforted by the care we feel our daughter has received. We were able to hold and love on her for over two hours this morning and she truly seemed to be comfortable and unstressed by the attention.

There is a little snafu in our schedule though. We were to have a Giving and Receiving ceremony today, but it doesn't look like that is going to happen. (We are in the room waiting and hoping for a call, but it is already 3:00 in the afternoon, so it doesn't look good.) We don't get to keep her until after this schedule, so if it doesn't happen this afternoon, it may be Monday.

Knock on the door....10 minutes....we are going to the ceremony.....Woo Hoo!

More later!!!

17 comments:

LJ said...

3:30 a.m. and we couldn't sleep. We got up to check for pictures. Tears of joy!! It doesn't seem possible. We are so glad to see JB and WB holding that baby girl. Uncle Lew is glad to know that she prefers men. He thought he might get left out of this process. Glad to see our prayers worked and she is with you forever!!!

xoxoxoxo
Aunt LJ and Uncle Lew

P.S. Julia announced tonight, she was going to the airport to pick up her DoriGrace!!!!!

Chuck and Jean Anne said...

A daddy's girl if I ever saw one! And look at that hair!

Congratulations! Enjoy Can Tho and the rest of your stay.

Cindy said...

Leigh,
That picture is Beautiful! She is definitely enthralled with her Daddy and her big brother! And WooHoooo! So, glad you got a knock on the door! Merry Christmas!!!!

Dan and Elisabeth said...

Beautiful picture! I just LOVE how she is looking at her daddy. Can't wait to read more!!

Julie said...

She is absolutely beautiful and definitely a daddy's little girl. Merry Christmas!!!!

Jill and Bill said...

We are so excited for you! Had to check the blog befor we got our flight to Jacksonville to visit Bill's family. We are thrilled, love the pic and cannot wait to meet precious DoriGrace!! Love Jill and Bill Hughes

Anne said...

Tears of joy here too!!! We are so excited for you all! DoriGrace was the first thing the boys asked about this morning... they knew today was the big day! We all can't wait to meet her.

I am SO glad they were able to get the ceremony in today. I hope you are quietly settling into your first night together as a family of 4.

We love you! Congrats again!!

jjm said...

That is the sweetest photo! Glad to hear that you made it safely and that you are having you G&R somewhat on schedule. Enjoy Christmas in Vietnam! I look forward to more pics and updates.

miss val said...

I checked before I went to bed at 1:30 am and prayed because there was no update. How exciting to wake up to the picture of John, Walker and Dorigrace. What struck me is how much Dorigrace looks like your family, she immediately belongs, she knows she is safe and where she belongs. God is so Good! Can't wait to see her with her mommy.

Love,
Miss Val

Dianna said...

Congratulations!!!!! I'm so excited that they were able to do your G&R before the weekend. Enjoy getting to know your new DAUGHTER!

Heather said...

WOW! I am so glad you got that knock on the door so you can have her with you guys. The photo is beautful. I still can't believe you are there so quick! Congrats to the new family of four!!!
Heather M.

krista said...

All I can say is WOW!!!!!! I Love her already. Gotta go get in the car for a 9 hour drive. She is beautiful. Krista

Daniel and Jamie said...

Congrats! How sweet! Glad y'all got to have your G&R today. Can't wait to hear more.

Kim said...

AWESOME!! I am so glad you got to have the G&R! She is beautiful, I am so happy for you.

Bethie Q said...

Well, you got me crying at the computer. Best start of my day since July 5th! What a sweet little baby! Thrilled that you had the ceremony and can't wait to see the cutie pie in person! Hugs and cheers-Beth, Ray & JoJo

x2jw said...

Hi dear... what a wonderful picture of the boys and their baby girl. She sure was worth the wait! Now your family is complete. Enjoy your time there and know we are very anxious to get our hands on the precious little one!

We love you
mom and dad

Tricia & Kirk said...

I'm just thrilled to see her with you all. It seems so long ago and just yesterday that we met in Dallas for that very first meeting! Congratulations, she is a beauty.

Adoption Timeline

  • 01/01/08 - Home at Last
  • 12/24/07 - G & R
  • 12/18/07 - Travel
  • 12/7/07 - Travel Packet/VISA Authorization
  • 12/06/07 - I-600 Approval
  • 11/16/07 - I-600 Received for Review
  • 09/26/07 - Referral
  • 03/23/07 - Log in Date
  • 02/23/07 - Dossier to Vietnam
  • 02/08/07 - Dossier to Agency
  • 08/08/06 - Switched to Vietnam Program from China Program