Friday, April 29, 2011

First Day with Elshaday

On Easter Sunday morning Darren & I were escorted to Layla House to meet our daughter.    I planned to get every moment on video.  We walked into the orphanage compound and before we could get our camera out she spotted us.  I wish I could play that moment back to you.  She saw us walk around the corner.  She got the biggest grin on her face.  She took off running towards me, jumped up into my arms and wrapped are arms and legs around me.  She squeezed me so tight and planted the biggest kiss on my check. 

Then she saw Darren.  Well, lets just say the girl loves her daddy.  From that moment on it was all about daddy.   She was so eager to show us the package we sent her and her school books. 

My first impressions of Elshaday. . .  She is beautiful and full of energy.  She seems to be happy most of the time. She likes to play basketball.  She is very thin and petite.  She is probably only a couple of inches taller than Ethan, who is five.  Her pants kept falling down when she was running around.   She has several teeth that are rotten.  I don't see how she eats, of course, they are used to eating injera which is very soft.  We gave her some snacks and she had a really hard time chewy them. 

Maybe tomorrow I can share with you our trip to meet Elshaday's birth mother.  That was an amazing day!


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