April 2, 2012

Our First Day with Avery!!

Well, I have to say....WE ARE IN LOVE!!  This little girl is absolutely beautiful, and sweet, and smart!!
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!!
  Yes she will really be 5 years old on April 8.

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!


  1. She's simply amazing! Love the pictures, can't wait to see what tomorrow holds :)

  2. So happy for you guys!! I showed these pictures to archie and he was very excited to see his old friend! Cant wait to see you guys home with her! Tell everyone at the orphanage that we send our love! -Lisa Eicher

  3. She is beautiful! I am so happy for you, your family AND Avery! :)

  4. She is beautiful! Thank you for sharing her! congratulations!

  5. Such beautiful pictures! I absolutely LOVE the one of daddy kissing her! The look on her face, like she is soaking it all in thinking "Finally! This is what love feels like!" Brought me to tears! Thank you for sharing your journey!


  6. She is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! And she is so tiny you may be able to just slip her into your suitcase and avoid the second part of the process altogether!

  7. She is beautiful!! :) Can't wait to see more!

  8. Almost made me cry! She is gorgeous. <3

  9. So beautiful!!! When she was listed I used to go to RR every day to see if she was still listed. I would have so loved to go get her! I'm so glad she has a mom and dad! She's so precious!