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Friday, May 29, 2009

Meeting An

The post about Hue will have to wait. There is something much more important to share!

This afternoon we were driven out to the orphanage where An spent the first two years of her life. She and her foster mom were waiting outside as we pulled up. She jumped up when she saw the van and ran up to Brian. She gave him hugs and kisses. She wasn't too sure about me.

We went inside and sat down with the Orphanage Director, the Holt Vietnam staff and An's foster mom. We talked for quite a while and were able to ask her foster mom a lot of questions about An. She showed us how she likes to dance and Brian helped her color and eat M&M's. She was just full of laughter and energy!

After we finished talking, we went to see the rest of the orphanage and visit the other children. I was able to give gifts to four other children whose families are still waiting to bring them home. During that time, An and Brian continued to play - letting me join in for a moment here and there. She's just so full of life! And fearless - Brian was turning her upside down, tickling her, giving her kisses and she just laughed through it all.

Here are a few pictures:

I'm not exaggerating when I say she ran up to Brian and jumped into his arms:
meeting An

She'd let me get close, but not hold her:
Mom & An

First family photo:
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Showing Grandma and Grandpa her coloring book:
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Leading dad to visit the other children:
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Playing with dad:
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18 comments:

Stevens Family said...

OMGness, already a Daddy's girl. Such a precious girl. Just awesome to finally see you all together.

Annette said...

AAAAHHHH!!!! The day that you've been waiting for so long! It looks like you guys had so much fun! It is so wonderful that she was full of laughter and smiles for you guys. I can't wait until Monday when An will be with you forever!!!!

Thanks for taking our gift to Dannette. We really appreciate it!

Love,
Annette

Duda Family said...

Priceless - dreamed of this day for you for Soooooo long!! Thank you for posting. I know you are exhausted and exhilarated. Tears of joy for you today!!! Much love from our family to yours!!! Mary Li

Jackie, Rich, and Mya Grace said...

Congrats! She is such a beauty! So glad everything went well and she was so eager to meet you guys! Love the pics...keep them coming!

Jess and Joe said...

Yay! It looks like a wonderful day. Thank you for sharing. Congratulations!

Carol said...

How wonderful!!!! Tears of joy for you! I've thought of An so many times since we met her at the orphanage. I'm so happy to see her with you! Looking forward to Monday when she will be with you forever!

Love,
Carol

Jessica said...

I don't cry easily, but this did it! What a wonderful, wonderful day! Enjoy your very last kid-free weekend!

-Jessica

Sandy said...

I am sitting her bawling about your first encounter with your daughter. I'm so glad it went well. It sounds like they did a great job prepping her for the big meeting. You guys are going to have so much fun with her. MWAH!

J and J said...

Tears are flowing from my eyes! What a beautiful moment and day!

thecurryseven said...

These pictures make me so happy! Thank you for sharing them. I am glad your first meeting went so well. What a beautiful family you three are.

Valorie Leonard said...

Oh, I am in awe...she is GORGEOUS! I'm so elated for you! I can't wait for Monday!

Stan & Heather said...

Oh my gosh - those pictures made me cry. I am so happy for you both and for An to have been united with her wonderful parents... I can't wait to hear how the rest of your time goes... What a fantastic time in your lives and how fortunate we are to be able to share it with you...
Love to you guys...

robandchristel said...

Is this really happening???!!!! We just saw your post (Been traveling)and are freaking out!! This is beyond amazing! I think our faces hurt from laughing,crying and smiling. You guys all look so happy to finally be together! FINALLY!!!!! Can't wait for more pictures and info!

Hank said...

OH WOW!!! What a beautiful day! Great pictures! FINALLY!!

Hank said...

OH WOW!!! What a beautiful day! Great pictures! FINALLY!!

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful day! I'm so happy to see you together. An looks so excited!

Suzanne in MI

Cheryl F. said...

Wendi,

That is amazing, so tearful thinking of how long you have waited. A daddy's girl, some things will never change. Beautiful pictures....
Prayers for a safe trip home
Cheryl F

Anne said...

A Daddy's girl from day one, huh?! What wonderful, amazing, exciting days you all have ahead of you! Looking forward to seeing more pictures tomorrow!!