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!!