What an amazing week it has been. This time last week we were praying so hard that we would be chosen to be Angela's mommie and daddy -- and now we are counting the days until she comes home! We got to first meet out little girl for a short visit on Thursday of last week and it was just amazing.
We walked into her current home and my heart just melted as I saw her sitting in her chair. I had dreamed of the first time we met -- would she smile in my arms? Well -- she cried from the time I said hello and continued on for the first ten minutes or so. Love it! My girl is feisty and she lets the world know her needs!
Yesterday we went and picked her up for our first day as a family. It was crazy, wonderful, scary, full of laughs and filled with lots of learning! By the end of the day it felt like she has always been apart of our family -- like there was no mistake -- she was meant for our family!
Angela is two years old and has had a pretty rough start to life. She was born premature which left her with significant impairments. She is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, spastic quad to be exact and also has cortical blindness. Cortical blindness is a tricky diagnosis because no one can really fully say what she can and cannot see. We noticed that we always looks to the light source -- but also always turns towards a voice or sound she finds interesting. She is a very happy little girl, in fact she smiled and giggled the entire day!
She loves to be engaged -- which makes sense when you consider that she can't really see the world around her -- you have to make the world come alive to her in creative ways. She loves all the typical toddler tickle games and when you are talking to her make sure you gently touch her so she knows that you are indeed talking to her.
We are so eager to bring her home. She seemed to comfortable with us and it's hard to take her back -- the only real way to know her and for her to know us is by just starting life. Having patience is not our specialty -- but we are trusting that God has the perfect timing for Angela to come home! We have a tenative date of December 10th for her placement. We will have her for this coming weekend and then for the next unless we can convince them to let her come home.
Welcome to our sweet little girl -- you are already so very loved!
***Just a reminder that we are not allowed to ahow her face untill the adoption is finalized -- she's beautiful, take my word for it!