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.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

YES!! WE ARE HOME!!!!!............

And I'm sorry it has taken me so long to post!  We arrived home on the 10th and life has certainly been busy........challenging........and full!  We thought we were prepared for this but I have come to the conclusion that nothing prepares you for life with a 5 year old who has lived in an orphanage and is basically a stranger.  Nola is a survivor and I'm so glad to say that.  Because of her survival skills, she has learned to do for herself when many times no one else would.  Now, to plop that little strong willed girl into the middle of a fully functioning family was almost more than she could deal with at first.  We've had lots of tears and several screaming fits but every day seems to be getting better.  She's learning more about us and we're learning more about her and I know together we're slowly starting to meld together.  Her fears have been enormous as well as her anger and her frustration but in two weeks time she has come a long way in her trust in us and her comfort level in being in a new strange place. 
She was terrified of the dog when she first came home but he is now her new best friend!  He happens to be enjoying some quiet time right now laying beside me on the floor while Mark is outside with the girls in the pool.
I am exhausted every night when I fall into bed but I'm beginning to feel more confident in my ability to love her through her fears and her challenging tests of my love.  I pray every night for patience and I know those prayers are answered.  She's home!!  God knew from the start that she was our daughter and she's here with us now where she belongs.   She is an absolute ball of fire when it comes to energy.  She has a smile that will melt your heart and a laugh that is contagious!  She loves to sing and she really loves to dance and bath time is generally her favorite time of the day.  She has a baby doll that she cares for like a little mommy and she loves taking pictures of anything and everything! 
She is home!!  There are times when I look at her and I still can't believe it but it's true!  Thank God, she's home!!
Nola with her baby Lulu!
Bath time........all smiles!
So sorry the pool days are soon coming to an end because we dearly love them!
The top photo is my brother Jay's home coming gift for us.  The best things in life truly are worth waiting for!! 


Deb said...

Yea,so glad you are home and that each day is getting better. Love and hugs,


Guatmama said...

Praise be to God. I praise your transparency in your struggles, it gives way for specific prayer to be lifted for you!

The Adoption Journey of Baby King said...

SOOO LOVE THIS! She is beautiful!

Susie Ferrick said...

OMG!!!! Huge Smile!!! Huge Praise...He is faithful, she is home! Amazing news, so very happy to read this. AMEN!!! Bless you all, Susie

Joanna said...

Seriously, AMEN! Pam, you both have a fighter spirit and you and Nola were meant to be together. I look forward to more updates! Love the pictures of Nola, she really is just so beautiful and that smile is amazing!

merkley4 said...

I opened your blog today for the first time in a while and was so thrilled to see that she is finally home!!!!!!!! You are the most amazing mother!! I sincerely hope that everything is going well:)


Deb said...

Thinking of you today. Happy Easter .

Love and hugs,

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