The greatest experience, the one which shakes a soul with hopes and fears, the results of which are never ending, and incidentally, the one which pays the biggest dividends, is to be found in the adoption of children.
--Anonymous

Sunday, July 5, 2009

One Happy Momma!!!

First of all, I'm sorry for not posting sooner. We have had a wonderful time! And yes, the picture below is me with our sweet Nola! The orphanage director let us take all the pictures we wanted, so we took a bunch. Between Alison and me we probably have close to 300 pictures inside the hogar with children. Nola wasn't too happy to have momma holding her at first but very soon...........................................she was holding on and not letting go. What a wonderful feeling! She seems to be doing very well. The staff is doing the best they can for the children and it is evident the children are loved.
Our little one is quite the eater. All the kids are! They all sat at their little table and fed themselves spaghetti.............what a mess! While Nola was eating, the little girl beside her put her hand in Nola's bowl but not for long. Nola started shaking her head no and bonked the little girl on the head. She has obviously learned how to stand up for herself. When I saw that I was actually happy. Not happy that she hit the other little girl, but seeing she has a strong will and is able to stand up for herself already helped me to know she will be alright in the situation she's in.

I have so many pictures to post and so much to say about our trip so far. I'll post on the orphanage site tomorrow.
Please know that all of our prayers for this trip have been answered. It has been the most rewarding experience I think I've ever had. God is watching over us.
Gotta go for now but will post more soon.

11 comments:

Stacie said...

How wonderful that you were able to see Nola and her her close. Can't wait to see more photos...any updates on her case?
Have a great time!

Garland Family said...

This is so exciting. I was so happy to see photos of you and Nola. The photo of Nola snuggling with you brought tears to my eyes. You have made a difficult situation into a great opportunity to help so many children.
Melissa

Mamita J said...

Oh Pam! Thank the Lord that you were able to spend so much time with your baby and take pictures too!

I can't wait to see more.

Julie

Will and Aileen said...

How beautiful that you have turned such an awful situation for your family into something so wonderful and amazing for those beautiful children in Guatemala. What a blessing you are to that hogar, the workers, and children! So glad you got to hold Nola and spend some time with her as well.

Sandy said...

Praise God!!! Love the pics. Enjoy every moment...

The Heinrichs said...

I love the pics and I love that you got so much time and so many pics with your sweet Nola!!!

Margaret mom to Peter, and waiting for his sister said...

wow, thanks for sharing the pics, it brought tears to my eyes.

My prayers are with you and your family, that your little angel is home real soon.

Terri said...

How awesome!!!! Not only do you get to see your daughter but you all helped and gave so much to all the other children!

I also...cant wait to see more!

Michelle said...

HOW WONDERFUL PAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is so adorable. I love the pic of her snuggling into you.

merkley4 said...

How incredible!!!!!!!! Nola is so beautiful... and you could not look any more happy than you do with her in your arms!!!! I sure hope you are making progress with your case there!!!! You are doing wonderful things!!!! Your determination is admirable!!!

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

How wonderful! It is so good to see you and your daughter together. It all brought tears to my eyes. Looking forward to more photos. The little boy reminds me of my little Luca (who is home).

Prayers that she and the other children get to their forever homes soon!

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