It's official - we have our adoption degree and Qin Ni is now officially Veronica QinNi. But, things haven't gone quite as I have expected.
As many of you have already read on my "Let The Freak Outs Begin" post , I had a huge list of things I was worried about and even more that I didn't even post. But, I really wasn't prepared for the way things actually have worked out.
I wasn't prepared for a child who would give us a beautiful wide smile five minutes after seeing us and share the most adorable giggle within an hour. I didn't imagine that our daughter, who looked so serious and somber in the few photos we had of her, would be quite so silly and want to dance around with her squeaky shoes and "share" her cheerios while laughing. I didn't think she would comfortably plop in my lap when I was sitting on the floor or love having loud kisses on her forehead.
I had prepared my self for a child that struggle with eating, but my beautiful little girl eats everything and anything with no problems. I was ready for a long, sleepless night full of crying and tantrums. Last night she slept soundly from 8:00PM till 7:00AM. She woke up joyfully, ready to greet the day.
While steadying myself for every worst-case scenario, my heart was not prepared for a child as easy to love as Veronica. She is truly amazing. I am completely enchanted and in awe of her. Ben is just as smitten as I am.
Now, all you parents who have already adopted may be reading this and immediately think "honeymoon phase". And, that very well could be. I anticipate the grieving will come and it will be heartbreaking for both my sweet girl and myself. But, I feel so incredibly blessed to have had this window to see her lovely personality.
As far as practical matters go, after many conversations and negotiations by both us and our amazing Children's Home Society and Family Services guides, I received my luggage less than two hours before we met Veronica. So, I had everything I needed to take care of her and clean underwear, too. (Don't grimace too much. I had been washing them every day.)
None of us have gotten sick so far, even as we have been sampling some terrific street food. Hooray for bottled water!
It is hotter than sin here and so humid, but we are surviving. We have almost gotten used to the crazy driving and lack of seatbelts (don't mention that to my kids) .
Other than my missing my kiddos at home terribly, I am absolutely content. This has been far more joyous a journey than I had ever expected. Thank you to all my friends and family who have been praying for our family. Please continue to keep us in your prayers during the remainder of our trip.