Monday, August 23, 2010

Beautiful Girls

For months there was just a picture, or two. A split second frozen digitally... that is all we knew of two little girls who waited across the world for us to come for them. I wondered what would they feel like, what would they smell like, what would their voices sound like, their coos, their cries...

Today I found out.

PeachWe went to Peach’s house first. When they brought her into the room and I saw her, the tears came. The nurse gave her to me and it felt just like when they place your newborn in your arms. She is tiny but very solid and strong. She held her head up and looked me in the eye with such focus. She is so amazing. I feel privileged that someone would give her to me to keep.


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Marshall-&-Peach-1Within minutes she proved to be a daddy’s girl. It was true love as soon as she discovered her papa’s beard. She kept reaching for it, digging into it. Even when he handed her back to me, she looked for him and reached out toward him.
Then she was whisked away and we were escorted out the door. A very short drive later we arrived at the gate of baby house 5.

Sandra-&-Masha1After a moment of waiting, a troop of children shepherded by ladies on each side came around the side of the building. The leader, a little guy with blondish hair lit up when he saw us. He ran to me and jumped up into my arms... Awww. I gave him hugs and kisses and then put him back on the step. A second later it was Masha’s turn. She gave me a great big smile and let me lift her up. She was laughing and enjoying the attention... until I tried to give her to daddy. At that point she grabbed on to me and refused to be given away or put down.

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She tired of me fairly quickly and indicated that she wanted to get down. When I let her go, she ran over the to swingset for a few minutes of swinging. From there she hopped on a stroller tricycle and rode it down the sidewalk to the gate. At the gate she got off the toy and banged on the gate. She said something to me and then said “Vroom vroom”. I told her that yes, soon I would take her away in the car and bring her home.

Masha6

The lunch cart came and we were told that Masha would follow it because she likes to be first in line. She went to it, peeked under the blanket at the jugs and pots, and then ran back to me. The groupas told her it was lunchtime and called her in but she climbed into a stroller instead. She started strapping herself in so they told us we could take her for a ride in it around the grounds. Next she let herself into the play area and took out a baby doll stroller which she proceeded to push down the walkway. I put her new doll in it and she promptly tossed her out into the grass, lol.

When it was time to leave, there were no goodbyes. A nanny came and swooped Masha up off the sidewalk and took her inside. She started to scream and cry and I could not look back.

There is so much more to tell but I know that it will take me some time to process it all and do it justice. So for now I will leave you with more Peach pictures...

Marshall-&-Peach-4

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37 comments:

cthomsonil said...

Tears of joy are streaming down my cheeks as I read your entry....I am so very happy for you and for the girls! God bless you all!

one_plustwins said...

So wonderful to see you with the girls. Your heart is stronger than mine...I am in tears just reading this.

Rochelle said...

Crying tears of happiness as I sit and take in your beautiful daughters.
We are so pleased for you and are thankful you are writing about your journey.
My hubbie is still on the fence about adoption but, he was telling others about you guys being over there picking up the girls so I know it is on his heart and on his mind.
We are praying for you all daily.

Anonymous said...

Love it!!! Can't wait to hear the rest of your journey - especially when you bring those girls HOME!!!

jen32258

Anonymous said...

Hurray!! What beautiful girls - I know they will be so happy to finally be home with mommy & daddy! BG

Lu, Poppies Blooming said...

They are so beautiful! I love what you said about someone giving her to you to keep! I am so happy for you all... praying for your hearts while you are there...

Blessings!
Lu

Rachel said...

Both so beautiful!

We would love to hear how things are going back home as well...how are they adjusting to you being gone.

Debbie said...

So, so happy for you and the girls!!! They are just beautiful!!! You all have such a bright future ahead of you!! Lots of LOVE OXOXOXO

Sweet Pea's Mommy said...

How wonderful that you got to see both girls! They look beautiful and it's like they already know you. I like how Peach is connecting to Daddy and Masha to you! Funny how things like that happen. I can't wait to hear and see more!

Congrats again!!!!!

Becca said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Congratulations to you all!!

Farmgirl said...

Beautiful! This is just beautiful.

kecia said...

wow I don't even know you and I am amazed at what a wonderful woman you must be! these children are very lucky. Do you also have a biological child with down symdrome as well?

Chromosomally Enhanced said...

Oh my!! WoNDerFUL...I am so excited to hear and see more! the tears are flowing...happy...smiles

DownTownDan said...

Well, who needs a tissue?

Beautiful girls. Beautiful, fortunate girls. Thank you for sharing.

Rich, Andrea, Reece & Owen said...

Oh Sandra!!!

Julie said...

Congratulations on your beautiful girls! What a joy it was, to see them in your arms.

Lisa said...

Oh wow, wow, wow...they are just perfect! Peach looks so alert and sweet. And that Mallory already has me in stitches...she sounds so active and smart! Feeling grateful to be able to be a part of your story, loving watching it unfold. xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Melissa M said...

Oh wow!! I have happy tears running down my face. Your girls are amazing and beautiful!!

Runningmama said...

Awesome...how sweet they both are...and how blessed to be in your family!

A New Life4Lydiah said...

They are beautiful !!! What a blessing ...

Lisa S. said...

Yes, I am coming to New York. There definitely is no doubt about it. I am just crying so hard right now. It is amazing and wonderful. I just see your feelings right in your eyes. The girls look amazing!! BTW-so do you and Peach's favorite Daddy!!!

The Sanchez Family said...

Oh my goodness!!! I'm overjoyed. They look amazing and healthy and so good in their mama and papa's arms!!! SOOOO happy for you guys! Cannot wait to watch their journey home. Can you believe it?!?!? You've met them and help them!!!!

Danielle said...

Hurray! I cannot wait until we are out there with you guys!

Lacey said...

Oh they are so beautiful! I'm so excited for you. I can't wait until we are there doing that exact same thing!
I want to see pictures of your apartment. And did you pick it yourself?

Sandie Flannery said...

I am sooo happy for you both! You looked radient with joy! Congratulations!

mom26kids said...

congratulations! they are so cute

Anonymous said...

So glad you got to meet the girls today! I was worried because of the holiday.

They are beautiful. I can't wait to hear more in your next post and of course I hope for more pictures.

XOXO
D

To Love Endlessly said...

absolutely beautiful and so blessed...all of you! It seems like you just shared the news yesterday that you were expecting "twins", can't believe that day has arrived. :-)

Jasmine said...

Wow,tears are streaming down my face. You did it girl. You did it. God is sooo good.

Looking Up said...

Seeing you both with your beautiful girls made me tear up. So happy for you all. ;)

Amy said...

GORGEOUS, wonderful, amazing girl! God bless you guys for rescuing them! Blessings all around!

Cory said...

I am so happy that you guy's are there, safe and sound. I admire the journey you are on. And the girls are just precious!

Cole said...

Oh my gosh- who knew they were growing in your heart all along? They are so perfect! Look how Peach's eyes match both of yours? And look at that beautiful grinning Mallory? Oh- they are precious!

stephanie said...

Can't see through my tears!!! They are so precious! I am over joyed for you!

You've saved those two beautiful little ones, how incredibly lucky they are to have you.

Marianne said...

They are so precious!!

Maria and Family said...

They are just beautiful ! Mallory (masha) has always been a favorite of mine, so happy to see her with her mama :):)

G-Zell said...

OH my goodness. What a wonderful post. GORGEOUS! just GORGEOUS the both of them. So nice to see the pics. Thank you for sharing.

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