Sunday, November 15, 2009

Meet the Girls!

Emma Joy and Ella Mei


We are so excited to be able to share their picture with you! Our girls are biological sisters. They are very close and do not tolerate being separated. Emma is 8 yrs old and Ellie is 7 yrs old. Their birthdays are only one day apart (and one year). Imagine that- what a coincidence-I am sure they were just assigned approximate birthdates. When we bring them home they will be very close to 8 and 9 yrs old. I just want to get them home now. It is so hard to see them get older without us.

Emma (the oldest) is shy and quiet. I think she has been a bit of a caretaker to her younger sister. In their description it said that she gives her younger sister her food. I believe it will take her awhile to warm up to her new family and to learn to trust and love us but that is okay we have forever!! 

Ellie is outgoing with lots of personality. After getting used to her new surroundings she had no problem warming up to the caretakers and teachers. She is delightful and made friends easily. In fact one of her best friends is Ava Meiying. Ava just came home about a month ago. I am sure Ellie misses her.

Ava has told her mom that Emma and Ellie live with their foster mom in the same building as she did. Any tiny tidbit of information that we receive about our girls is such a day brightener!

Our daughters were found about 3 yrs ago and went into the local orphanage. They had a difficult adjustment at first. I am sure they were in shock and filled with fear. As time went on Ellie started to warm up and make friends so they decided to put Ellie in a foster home and leave Emma in the orphanage. Both girls completely shut down and would not speak. They could not bear to be apart. they would not eat, sleep or talk. After much prodding Ellie finally told her new foster mom that she could not be without her older sister. So the foster Mom was then able to bring Emma home, too. Soon the girls were talking, eating, sleeping together, playing and bonding to their new foster Mom and family. 

I will write more later about our girls but for now we better run to church!

We are so thankful to be at this point of the adoption process. We are so thankful to have received PA. We had a few road blocks in the beginning so being where we are now is a blessing beyond belief! God is so good!!

24 comments:

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

So excited for your family!!! Adoption is such a roller coaster, but one that we have been riding for a long time :) The blessings far outweigh the crying. :)Can't wait until your girls get to come home!!!!

Shonni said...

Oh...they are so beautiful...I can't wait for them to be home with you!!!

Janet and Kevin said...

They are just beautiful! I can hardly wait to see you bring them home! It's one step closer now!!

Hugs,
Janet, Kevin, Ted, Philip, and waiting for Eli (got our Provisional Approval from CIS yesterday)

Kim said...

Love seeing the photos of your girls. They are so beautiful! Praying for quick approvals and quick travels for you.
Kim S

Kim said...

Meant to add that I think your daughters may be from the same SWI that our oldest daughter is from...since they know the same child "Ava". Can you share where they are from? You can contact me by email at bandksmith@yahoo.com.
KimS

angela said...

Beautiful girls! What a blessing.

I hope things go quickly from now on.

Suzette said...

Jean, They are BEAUTIFUL! What a blessing to be able to share their pictures. Our agency says I can't share pictures until I have my RA so I also can't wait to share. Praying it will come quickly! Do you have any idea when you will travel? We are thinking Spring, but not really sure. Did I miss the story on how you were able to adopt more than one at a time? I would love to hear about it. Blessing to you and your family! Suzette

Our China Starfish said...

Awesome to see their beautiful faces today!!!

Adeye said...

They are absolutely gorgeous, my friend. Just beautiful. I can hardy WAIT to see them in their mama's arms--where they belong.
Their story is so touching. They absolutely have to be together--so precious.

Karin said...

Oh my goodness...they are So precious! What an amazing blessing for your family to be able to bring them home!

Chris said...

Thanks for sharing...it is so hard to have the pictures and WAIT!

David and Sarah said...

They are absolutely beautiful! And they both sound like so much fun!

TanyaLea said...

Yeah!!! I've been waiting for the day that you could share a photo of your precious new daughters!! So exciting! They are absolutely beautiful, Jean. I'm sure you can't wait to wrap your arms around them and shower them in love!! So happy for you. Praying that the rest of the process speeds along so that you can bring your sweet girls HOME!! <><

Big Hugs,
~Tanya

Lori said...

They are so darling!! The wait is so horrible, isnt' it?!! Ugh. Pray, pray, pray. God no doubt has many lessons to teach you as you endure this long stretch until you travel. And perhaps, it will turn out to be NOT so long after all!. Who knows!

I'm praying for you!! Love you, sweet friend!

The Heald Family said...

They are adorable and I am thrilled for you all!
We need to get together before you head out again to China. Laura and I were thinking we could travel to you with our 3 & 8/9 year old girls with all you have going.

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, I loved hearing more about them! Congratulations again. I know you can't wait to meet them face to face.

Laura L. said...

I was just thinking about you guys and the girls today when I was driving in the car.
For some reason I was thinking, "I think Emma would be a good name for the one who is more quiet and Ellie would be a good name for the one who is more outgoing or spunky. How funny that now you posted about their personalities and it seems to fit. LOL

I know you must be so happy to be able to post their photos online.
Sweet girls, who will have a very blessed life with you.

Sally- That Girl! said...

So happy you finally get to share these beautiful girls with everyone. They are precious indeed. Still hoping we are traveling partners again. We have Gio's fingerprint appt the day after Thanksgiving. I am doing state certification next Monday and then paperwork off to consulate. Trying hard to catch up with you!!!

Pam said...

Oh, they are LOVELY. Praying that they come home SOON!

Mandi said...

Oh my gosh, they are beautiful. I am so happy and excited for you. I will be praying for Emma and Ellie (love the names) that God begins preparing their hearts to meet their new and forever family.

Hugs,
Mandi

Chad and Kristy said...

God is so good.. even in our darkest hours. I am so full of emotions today as my daughter will be leaving in 2 days but I give God the Glory for putting her with such a wonderful Christian family. I celebrate in the joy of your two new daughters and look forward to seeing them in your arms. Thanks for being such a great inspiration in my life.

Nancy said...

Such sweet sweet girls.

quilt-n-mama said...

what fun to read about the girls! I'm praying that God moves things along quickly for them to come home! What a blessing for them to be with you guys in a forever family... soon please God:)
Blessings,
Gayly

Melissa G. said...

Oh they are precious! That's so great that they will be able to be together forever and part of a forever family with you!