(This was written at 5 p.m., Wednesday, July 16)
Eliza started grieving during the night last night. We are so thankful that the grieving process has started, but that does not mean that it has been easy. Quite the contrary. We have had a very long night and an even longer day today.
Yesterday evening we were having a blast though! The only time when I put Eliza down that she doesn’t throw a fit and cry is when I need to use the bathroom. I take her with me, set her down, and she just stands there. Last night I walked to the sink without picking her up to see what she would do. She followed me! It was the first time I have seen her walk.
But wait. It gets even better. I washed my hands, and then just acted like I was still doing things to see what she would do. She walked back and forth from me to the mirror over and over! I went to the door, opened it to leave, and she followed. When Blake and Addie saw my arms empty and looked down to see Eliza walking, they cheered! Then Addie got down on her knees, and opened her arms wide. Eliza RAN straight into Addie’s arms and gave her a big hug. It was priceless!
Not only does she walk well, but this chick can RUN!!
Yesterday we were in the honeymoon period. We had many wonderful moments together with Eliza!
Today the honeymoon is over. Eliza slept until almost 8 a.m. this morning after a very rough night. Do you think she is being fair with her share of the bed? Yeah, me neither.
After we attempted breakfast and had to quickly leave before even getting our food, we ate in the room and then walked to a store to get some things we needed. Like two new arms for me. In the shape of a stroller. Not sure she will agree to sit in it, but we are going to try sometimes.
This photo is hazy because it is 100 degrees here with 1000% humidity. Yep. Really!
The bulk of our day has been spent in the room. Eliza took a great nap on my lap. I love holding her so much!
Late this afternoon we headed to the police station to get Eliza’s passport picture taken. It was a very neat experience, minus the four miles I paced with a flailing, screaming child in my arms.
There is hope that we are turning the corner as I type. She is letting Addie Mae feed her, and is smiling and acting more like the Eliza we first met. Even if we don’t turn the corner, it is all good, because grieving all the change that has happened to her in the last few days is a very important thing.
Please pray for us as we have made the hard decision to visit Eliza’s orphanage in the morning tomorrow. We are not sure it is the best thing for her right now, but it is a once in a lifetime chance, and we are hoping that it will provide closure for Eliza instead of more confusion into her little mind. Her foster Mama will probably be there too, and that may be really hard. Please pray!
We have been SO, SO, SO blessed by the support all of you are giving us right now. I wish I had time to answer every comment and e-mail. We are reading each and every one, and last night during the night I sat and read them all again. I just needed the support right then and there. Thanks to each and every one of you SO much. Please keep praying with us! We still have one more week here and are getting homesick already.
“With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26