Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Official Adoption Day

We had a hard time with our internet connection last night, sorry these pictures are late! Tuesday morning we left early to go back to the civil affairs office. Everything went so quick, we were in and out of there in no time. We paid our money, had our official picture taken for the adoption certificate, and met with the officials to promise to always love and care for Addison, to never abandon her, provide her with a good education, and never abuse her. They asked us if this child "was satisfactory to us"? Of course, we both said "YES!!" Then we left that building, went to one more officials office, and made the same promises, paid a little more money, and we were done! I don't think I realized the seriousness of the day, until I had time to reflect on it later. What a precious gift we have been entrusted with. Wow. God is so Good to to bring this little blessing into our lives. This is not a road I ever envisioned walking down, but when God stretches us, the blessings we get in return are priceless. I pray we can live a life worthy of this calling! Ok, onto the pictures (which I know is the only thing everyone wants to see anyway! :) ) The document is our official Adoption Certificate. Alyssa spent some time playing with Addison on the floor yesterday, and we saw the first few glimpses of her funny personality. She has been SO quiet, and withdrawn. For a short while she would laugh and smile with me and Alyssa. I had a hard time catching her smiling because she would put her head way down and then give this funny grin. I think I caught one good one. She makes this funny scratching thing with her fingers, too. Everything she sees she scratches at. Unfortunately, she does it to her nose in her sleep. We have tried to trim her nails, but she will have no part of that. We're trying!! I think that's all for today . Wednesday we are doing some more sight seeing. The day should be a little more relaxing then all the previous days. Thanks for all the prayers, comments and e-mails. They are definitely getting us through this time. Love to everyone!! Becki, Russ, Alyssa, Riley AND Addison!!


Anonymous said...

Officially yours !!!
We just arrived in Pittsburgh. We will show Beepa all these new pictures. He is excited and joyful for his newest Great Grandchild. - as we also are.
Praying for your health and safety.
Love you all.
Grandma and Grandpa Carlson

Anonymous said...

we have loved following your trip culminating in ADDISON!!! We cried when we saw her with all of you. I printed out the pictures for Beep along with your commentary. He has been following your progress every day. The pictures are on our bulletin board in the kitchen covering up every one else. Riley is right she is the most beautiful baby. God is so good!! Blessing to all of you. We are at Jens now waiting to go to the airport to pick up Rob & Katie. Kristine & Andrew come tomorrow, Dave comes Thurs AM after he kills Bambi in WV. There will be many prayers of thanksgiving for Addison& all of you on Thursday. We love you & can't wait to meet dear Addison! Love 'Great'Aunt Sue & Uncle Bob

Anonymous said...

I think big sister Alyssa got a cute little smile out of Addison! Addison really seems to be adapting well to her family. So glad to hear all is going well-- the prayers continue for you all.
Blessings to all of you!
Uncle Bill and Aunt Marge

Anonymous said...

How sweet!!!

Precious family bonding -- building memories together in CHINA you will never forget!!

Blessings overflow...
Much love,
Julie and Todd

Anonymous said...

Addison is beautiful. It has been such fun reading your impressions/reflections of adoption day. We will continue to pray for your trip and the bonding time. It looks like she is "yours" already!
Blessings- The Serby's

erica said...

Yay, it's official!! God is so very good! Also, I wanted to let you know that Julie scratched at everything too. I've heard of other babies that did the same. It will end in time. Hugs from Wheaton :)

Erica, Larry and Julie

Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness, she's ADORABLE!!! Can't wait to see her in person. She looks like she fits right in!
The Fuhrmans

Lisa said...

I'm thinking that she's practicing the Miller Eye already! We're all in trouble :)
Love ya,

Anonymous said...

she is such a DOLL!!!