Thursday, August 4, 2011

Gotcha Day! (meaning: the day we "got you" forever!)

So, this post was delayed by 18 days... but who's counting? I plan to be blogging a little more often now and fill in all of the details that have been missing in the past 2 weeks.
It was the biggest day of their lives (so far). And one of the biggest days of mine too. In one moment their lives were changed forever; the second we walked through the green gate nothing was ever to be the same.
During our morning visit we got to play with some new friends! Amanda and Leann are missionaries in our kid's hometown and they came to play with children in the orphanage and brought with them our other new friends, a team visiting from Holland! We had fun interacting with all of the other children- it was my first time to get to interact with the other children in the orphanage and it was so precious.
 Soon it was time to return upstairs... one last time.
And through the big last time. For one last nap in beds side-by-side.
his on the left, hers on the right
I had been whispering to my little ones about what was to come for weeks now.
 So many things would change. For one thing, food is not just something that comes in nondescript white enamel pots, delivered to your door three times a day. So many changes were coming.
 In the afternoon I arrived at 4:00 pm, as usual. But this time I would not be leaving with empty arms!
I brought clothing for the workers to change them into; new shoes, new clothes... so many things new.
 Last minute paperwork... signing the final papers that would allow me to remove them from the orphanage.
And then... there they were!

 We kissed the orphanage director goodbye... she was very sweet to these little ones.

 I received final instructions on the children's schedules and medications. 
 And then we were off!

 And together we walked through the green gate. One last time.

 We had to call Daddy and Henry right away!!!
 And then... it was time for a bath! These babes had never had an actual bath before so I had no idea how they would respond to the water... I just knew that I was ready to wash the "orphanage smell" off of them! I put a few inches of water in the tub, showed them how to splash the water around and gently lifted them both into the tub.
 The result: Happy Water Babies!

 They loved the water. They loved having warm water poured down their backs and over their heads. They loved splashing and pouring the water. They even tolerated being "soaped up".
 In fact, Betsy Kate loved it so much that the thought of getting out sent her into a frenzied fit of screaming and sent her mama into a fit of giggles. Here she is hooking her tiny leg over the side of the tub trying wrest her body from my grip and toss herself back in!
 Precious little warm bodies fresh from the bath.
 Charlie loved his lotion massage so much that he helped when it was sister's turn.

 After baths and a quick dinner it was time to head to the train station. We were taking the overnight train back to the capitol city. Another first in a day filled with many.
 They loved it. How could they not? Together we said goodbye to their birthplace from the window of our train compartment.

 Soon they were in pajamas, drinking their milk and snuggling their animals.
As the train gently rolled, rocked and swayed down the track they were soon asleep in the arms of their mama. What a day for firsts.


  1. Love the pictures :) So happy for you!!!

  2. OMG! This made me cry happy tears!!! I am so excited for the world the are entering and the life they will have with wonderful parents that would clearly do anything for them!!! God bless you all for this miracle!!

    Love, Aimee

  3. Erica this is the sweetest...such a joyous event. So happy these babes have a family and get to experience a lifetime of unconditional love!

  4. What a beautiful story yours is to tell. Thank you for sharing it with so many that are anxiously praying for these babes to find their families. You are an inspiration!

  5. Gorgeous babies. Precious photos. I'm so glad you got your babies mama!

  6. What a wonderful Gotcha Day!

  7. Wow - you have so many great pictures of such an important day. Our camera was stolen a few days before we picked our daughter up, so we only have a couple. Great photographer, too!

  8. so beautiful!! those children are adorable and the way they look out of that train window...seeing the world for the first time! thankyou so much for sharing your wonderful day and letting us see with so much wonder through them. much love jane xxx

  9. What a beautiful post! I am crying because I am so happy for you guys, what a wonderful experience your gotcha day was. I can't wait to meet you guys soon!

  10. Thank you for the happy tears this morning! Your children are absolutely gorgeous!!

    We hope to leave soon for our little boy!


  11. love this! love every picture and memory captured!!! brings tears to my eyes! welcome home precious ones!!!

  12. so so beautiful!!!

  13. what a wonderful day for you all. so, so sweet, erica :D i can't wait to meet your little ones!!