We went to the orphanage this morning for about 2 1/2 hours. When they brought Avery ("Niki" is what they call her at the orphanage) in to see us, she was a little hesitant at first. We took out some toys that we brought with us and she quickly warmed up. We went to the playroom to play with her and to watch her interact with some other children. It was so awsome. We had so much fun playing with her and the other children. I was amazed to see how happy and joyful Avery is.
There is a "grandmother" program at the orphanage in which some older ladies from the village come to spend a few hours a day with the children. These ladies really seem to care about them and it is obvious that the children respond well to them.
During our afternoon visits we discovered that Avery loves animals. It is going to be great when we get her home and she sees that her new home has lots of animals...horses, dogs, cats, and chickens. She also loves to be outside and playing in the dirt was a big hit...she loved to pick up handfuls of dirt and put it in Jeff's hands. She loves her daddy....she wanted him to hold and play with her the whole time...I think he was exhausted at the end of the day!! :) But he loved every minute of it!!
Everyone was so nice at the orphanage!! We were so grateful to see how well they have cared for our sweet girl. We tried to sneak in a few hugs for the other children also....they all seemed to crave our attention. We just wanted to hug and hold them all!
I know you are probably tired of my rambling....the real thing you want to see is pictures...right? (if you haven't already scrolled down to see them!) ha
Well, ok, here you go...some of the best shots of the day....enjoy!!
Check back tomorrow for more. Thank you all for your prayers and support during this special time. Please continue to pray that our visits go well and we can soon bring our sweet girl home!