first impressions


One year and six months ago today my girls met their forever mama.  Memories of that traumatic day are slowly resurfacing and they have the language skills to communicate those memories.  Here are a few.

Mama, I was so scared when I first sees you ‘cause you had bright yellow skin and such a stick out nose.  Why your nose not stick out anymore?

I don’t remember what Bibi looks like that day.

Why you wear those black pants that day?

Why there was a purple folder?  What was in there?

They gives me a bath in a bucket the day I gets my mama.

We walked to the man to fixed my hair so pretty to meet you.

Papa Ema put me in the car first then we picks up Keta.

I did not know I was spose to be Yvonne.  Silly mama, calling me the wrong name.

Was Gambo happy I gets a mama?

Thank you to all the forever unknown people who cared for my girls until that day, cared enough for them to bathe them and spend hours on their hair, and dress them in the clothes that I sent.  Thanks for buying a small suitcase for their belongings.  Thanks for whatever role you played in making sure two little girls grew up knowing the love of a family.  I’m grateful.  I try to imagine how that day was for K and F and for everyone else who knew them or was involved in the process, but it’s difficult to understand and articulate everything that day was for me.  They’re happy and healthy and loved.  It’s good.  I’m grateful.



10 Responses to “first impressions”

  1. 1 Kim Villegas
    September 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    You all are very lucky to have each other. What a loving, beautiful family 🙂 Happiness to all of you.

  2. 3 Cara
    September 28, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    they hare such sweet, amazing little girls. a reflection of their mama!

  3. 5 Bibi
    September 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I cried like a baby at this post. I can’t believe it has been a year and a half since we met our forever beautiful girls. Our family is so very blessed. It is a testament to you and your incredible patience, love, dedication and selflessness that they are doing so well. Every. Single. Day. You. Amaze. Me. Happy familyverisary!

  4. 7 Erick
    September 29, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Keta’s real hair is now almost as long as that fake hair they had on her. Can’t believe how much they have grown.

    • October 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      I see how much they eat everyday and I still can’t believe how much they’ve grown. I’m glad they’re healthy, just wish they weren’t getting so big so quickly.

  5. 9 Brian Spector
    September 30, 2013 at 5:47 am

    I am sure those emotions will still be the same when you look at the girls dor years to come.
    They are very loved and lucky to have you for a mom….I know you feel the same way about them as daughters.
    Smile….you all have so much to smile about.

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