Tuesday, June 28, 2011

We Have Veronica

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.


Jennifer said...

Sweet, sweet girl! Wonderful that you have connected immediately. A real gift from God.

Molly said...

Congrats! She's beautiful and you all look so happy! I can't wait to welcome this new little one to the family!

Anna K. said...

I have tears in my eyes, Kristin! I'm so happy that your first meeting of Veronica was so wonderful! Just wait until she meets all of your kids back here. I love reading your updates and can't wait to hear how everything unfolds.

Alcott1126 said...

Oh, Kristin! This is just so amazing and I want to thank you for sharing your journey with us. I'm looking forward to hearing more when you get home, and meeting this little darling girl! :)

dabeansdad said...

So wonderful! I'm so excited for you guys! I can't wait to meet her! Thank you for the updates, I really look forward to them. Shawn.

Dawn S. said...

YAY! AMEN! So Excited! Can't even see the pics anymore through my tears! You all look GREAT together.

Tim said...

Interesting how these children with the least to no possessions of their own are the happiest children I've ever encountered.

Congratulations from one adoptive parent to another.

Alyson and Ford said...

Congratulations! It is so wonderful to hear a positive story about your first day together! Yeah for sleeping, that means you won't be sleep deprived - Enjoy!

Alyzabeth's Mommy
Forever Family Day 09/16/2008

Lee Shelton IV said...

Congratulations! What a sweet little girl!

Football and Fried Rice said...

Kristin - I just have goosebumps!!!! Your little Veronica is so, so darling! I am so excited that she is content & loving (yeah, foster care!!) I pray that her adjustment continues to go so well and that you continue to enjoy China!

waiting for Ruby Joy in Hepu!

Tanya G. said...

Wow, I can't believe you have your little girl - it's been a long road but well worth it. She is very beautiful, amazing. I am so, so happy for you. I can not wait to meet her! Lots of love to all of you.

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