Day one

The plan was to meet my daughters in the hotel lobby at 10 am.  My plan was to be in the hotel lobby by 9 am.  Although Congolese are never late, they are often “delayed.”  Thankfully, this delay was only about fifteen minutes.

This is what I’d been waiting for!

Emmanuel left us after delivering the girls and some paperwork, just after the taxi driver returned with his cell phone.  Things seemed to be going really smoothly!  That did not continue to be the case.

Imagine being told you would never again see anything or anyone you know.  The people you will be handed over to are nice people, but you won’t understand them and they won’t understand you.  Terrifying.  Sad.  Yvonne screamed and cried for hours, interrupted briefly a few times with playing, napping and Nanny McPhee (and the foot stomping).  Heartbreaking!  Francine was taking it all in.  We got a few great smiles from her and the girl loves to eat!  Favorite snack so far, salmon, with crackers and peanut butter a close second.

The birthday party things that you blow into and watch them unroll and roll back up were a great success!  We played a little soccer.  Bibi (aka grandma) was so impressed that they were both able to kick the small ball we were using.  I was impressed they took turns!

I never sing, ever.  I don’t even sing to people on their birthdays, especially if I like the people.  I sang today.  It was mildly entertaining, but Bibi was dancing to my sad version of Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes and that made it great.  More to come, I’m sure.  Just hope that you never have to witness it!

Now it’s about 3 am here and both my angels are sleeping.  I’m glad they’re a little stuffy so I can hear them breathing.  🙂

A lighter moment….


13 Responses to “Day one”

  1. 1 Steve
    March 29, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Ashley, you are my hero! I am so glad you and “bibi” are safe, sound, and with kids. I almost cried after reading that you never sing but sang today. I remember like it was yesterday the day we got Tess, and it was an exercise in just rolling with your kids’ emotions and needs. I’m posting blog posts, photos and emails on the board at the cupboard but I can’t keep up with your posts! Very impressive!
    Stay well, we are all thinking of you!

  2. 2 Anna
    March 29, 2012 at 2:21 am

    The girls are too cute! Francine looks so tiny. It is a huge transition for everyone but you all look great! I remember my time in Ethiopia with all the little kids was very difficult, but we all survived. Do you have any idea how long you have to stay in country? We cannot wait to meet the girls!

  3. 3 Brianna
    March 29, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Look at that smile on Francine! What a little charmer! Hope things are going well……remember, “what would Brianna do ” may not always apply but is a good tool 😉

  4. 4 Tiffany Buxton
    March 29, 2012 at 3:36 am

    Omg! How exciting. So happy for you! Sierra says hi!

  5. 5 Lisa McIntire
    March 29, 2012 at 4:42 am

    I love the updates and the photos! Enjoy every moment and cherish every smile! 🙂

  6. 6 kim
    March 29, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    So over the moon happy for you and your new family! You will be such an incredible journey. I am totally captured with the story. I look forward to hearing more. Never stopped to think of all the challenges. Language especially. They are beautiful!

  7. 7 Auntie Lindsay
    March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I cannot stop looking at this blog and all of the pictures! Thanks so much for updating it as much as you can. I just LOVE seeing the updates, this is definitely the highlight of my day 🙂 Keep singing, kids this age seem to love it. I am so excited to meet my nieces. I am glad to here you and Bibi are doing well. All our love to everyone.

  8. 8 katiayotte
    March 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Your girls are so beautiful! I am so excited for all of you!

  9. 9 granddad
    March 29, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Sounds like we are going to have to add some items to our Powell grocery list. 🙂

  10. 10 Mary DeLaVirgen
    March 29, 2012 at 8:51 pm

    Hey Ash,
    I am so happy for you and the girls couldn’t of found a better Mommy and Bibi. Can’t wait to hug them and hear thier voices. Trust me you will be singing alot more from here on. Don’t be shy girl! To those babies we mommy’s have a voice of an angel. Hahahahaha!!
    Miss Mary

  11. 11 Amy Davis
    March 30, 2012 at 12:37 am

    I laughed out loud about the singing. I always say, I wonder when Isla will figure out that I have a terrible voice! So far, she seems to think it is great and it soothes her so I keep on singing and you will find you do too. Thanks for the updates! They are so so cute and I want to hug them. We will have to figure out when we can make it out west to meet them. Amy

  12. 12 erickandterri
    March 30, 2012 at 2:41 am

    We love the picture of the girls with the sunglasses! We keep watching the video of Francine dancing. Hurry home!

  13. 13 Christy
    March 31, 2012 at 12:24 am

    I am so happy for you! I agree, “mama” should be the next word! Be safe. Hug the girls tight and I send my love to you and Bibi!

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