I forgot to say that when ever the girls were in a plane they would loudly SQUEAL with joy! It was like a ride at the amusement park for them!
It felt so good to be in GZ and at the White Swan! Even though it wasn't the good ole USA- it was pretty darn close!!
Emma and Ellie were now on semi neutral ground. They knew the language we knew the island!
WE had fun and kept up our sense of humor!
When we went to the Zoo and we did not allow Emma to hold our guides hand- she alternated between hubby and I and she wailed the whole time. Everything was a game, a contest, a rebellion of some sort with Emma and we had to let her know we were the boss, we were in control and we were her parents (I know, I know only as of 8 days ago).
We had to be tough. She needed to make major changes in her behavior if this was going to work. If we gave in now life would be miserable for everyone involved.
When we were in CHina I never posted a bad pic of Emma. I was covering up all that we were going through. I was unable to share the truth- unable to face it myself- what direction where we going in?? I didn't know? We just kept things as light as possible and dealt with the issues one at a time. In the pictures I am posting now you can see the hurt, the anger, and the confusion- that was part of our little girl.
I talked to a bloggy friend at length about her behavior and possibly disrupting... I needed to gather information. Hubby at that time was taking a walk with Emma because of her behavior- he separated from the rest of us. I needed someone to help me process what was happening. Was it me? Was it us? Was I not seeing things clearly?? After talking to her, Katie and I walked away- we talked, we processed and we found Hubby and Emma.
As I spoke to him I told him that we were justified in our feelings, our fears and in whatever we decided to do... but as I spoke the words began to come out differently. My mind was being transformed at that very moment. I know it was God- I could feel his presence. I felt peace and basically said "We could disrupt but I don't think we should." Hubby completely agreed and we moved forward with certainty that Emma was our daughter and that with God we would deal with the challenges ahead of us.
Deciding to disrupt Emma would have been like an abortion to us- it would have been seemingly the easy way out and yet we would have regretted it for the rest of our lives.
We had 4 sibling brothers at home that would never be okay with this behavior.
We had a 16 yr old son that still lived with us that would never forgive us if we brought home someone that was going to cause constant chaos in our family.
We had to get things going in the right direction asap before heading home!
Our new guide was great but she was not a Julia. We had to tell her to talk to the girls and what we wanted her to say. She was sweet and kind and it was hard for her. That really puts them(the guides) in a tough situation. Most adoptions are not like this- this was exceptionally challenging- for them and us!
We just so happened to have the person in charge of all the guides with us at the White Swan. We were thankful to have him there! He also talked to the girls for us- with us present. Before leaving for home Hubby and I sat down with him, our current guide and our two new girls. We needed to have an understanding between all of us before taking them home.
We had our list ready and one by one we went through every issue with them. It took an hour and a half.
1. Parents are in charge. We make all the decisions.
2. We will love them and take good care of them.
3. They will have a good life but they need to behave and listen to us at all times.
4. We went over plane safety and that they need to stay right by us in the airports and throughout the trip home. No running, no wandering.
5. We went over seat belts in cars and how America is different from China- what they should expect.
6. They needed to try their hardest to learn English so we could talk to them.
7. No grabbing privates - EVER! Not us, not their older siblings, nobody- EVER! If she could not do this she could not live with us.
Since Emma never talked to us except to say "Bouy ya- No" we insisted on a verbal commitment from her, with eye contact and sincerity (no laughing or smiling). She had a very hard time doing this but after awhile she caught onto the seriousness of the issues we were discussing. I think she realized she was not going to America unless she agreed to all of our terms.
What would we have done if she didn't agree? I don't know? Probably brought her home anyways but thank the Lord she did agree!
Ellie immediately agreed to the terms. She said she liked us and could see that Anna and Sarah were well taken care of so she felt good about us being her parents.
Our guides/ interpreters supported us completely and translated everything- even the hard stuff. He even offered to come to our house and help us if the challenges continued. We ended the meeting knowing we did everything we could to make it work. Now, we just had to put our faith in God and move forward positively! We didn't know what was going to happen next other than we were bringing the two girls home- the rest was all up to God!
Really does God ever cease to amaze you! It was tough in China but God was so present!! Our hearts were so thankful to be going home with our daughters, to have had the talk that we had with them and to feel His peace!
The next part of the story is the best part of all!