Last Friday we picked Angela up from her Foster home and began our four day visit with our little girl! We really had the most amazing time spending time with each other and really learning to be a family. Truth is, there really isn't much learning going on. I'm really not exaggerating when I say it really feels like she has always been apart of our family. She is so very sweet and has some major personality -- which again -- fits right in with my other cool kiddos.
It's kinda interesting because I was thinking back on our first visit with Angela. I remember falling in love. I remember thinking she was just so sweet, meek and quiet. Well she certainly is sweet, but she is not very quiet. She is so funny. Although she is mainly non-vocal, she loves to talk, much like a baby would when they find their voice. She also likes to tell you when she is not happy with the a scream that turns her face bright red! I love it, it's actually quite helpful as I've learned her dislikes rather fast.
She loves to be rough housed -- the rougher and crazier the better. She giggles and smiles when ever you simply take the time to engage her. She can be a tough one to get to know -- you really have to look past her presentation and change your thinking a little bit. Not being able to see the world around you really changes everything -- but once you think more how she might be thinking, it's really lots of fun!
We spent the weekend decorating for Christmas, went to the mall and spoke with Santa for a bit - convinced Madison she is in deed on the good list (as she is very concerned about this) and hung out as a family. Angela loves to go. She loves the stimulation and the lights outside. Adam and I were concerned at first when we started this process that we might get a child who is not as tolerant of our crazy lifestyle as our bio kids are -- no worries here. God really picked out a perfect little girl for our family. She really seems to thrive on activity. Buy Monday she was moving her arms more -- intentional hitting crinkle toys on the floor, talking way more and when Adam came home from work on Monday she about flew off the floor into her daddy's arms and talked -- it was priceless.
Madison has been amazing. I tired to take her out on a date to Starbucks on Saturday night and she turned me down. She insisted that she has to stay with her sister -- this will wear off. Madison loves having a little sister -- it's a very unique experience, which is kinda cool. There is no replacing little Gavin -- this is just an amazing addition.
The topper of our visit was at the YMCA yesterday. Madison and I took Angela to the special needs class to get a little work out. Another mother came up to me and asked if "these two girls" are mine. I proudly got to say yes.
That was totally awesome.