Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Gotcha Day June 3

This was such a wonderful day for our family, and such a traumatic day for Cora. Our precious girl was broken, and we felt helpless. So glad she felt love in her orphanage, while she waited for a family.
We did everything in one day because of Dragon Boat Festival. We got Cora in the morning, went back to Hotel for paperwork and went to lunch, and then finalized our adoption. Cora perked up in the Hotel and at lunch she was laughing and being s little prankster, but when we headed back to civil affairs she reverted back very quickly.
She is loving having the kids here, so glad we brought them. She also is clinging to daddy very much. Mia is starting to have a little jealousy but she honestly has been being the mother hen to Cora and we couldn't be more proud of our little Mia.
There is another family here with us that has adopted 5 times. Their daughter who is 12 now was adopted at 9, so they have been so sweet to answer our questions. Love how God orchestrates that. The other family adopted two best friends. They are adorable and funny.
Please keep praying for our family. Today we go to Cora's orphanage and I know this is going to be a hard day for her.
We love you all and still covet your prayers as we transition to a family of seven.
Anxiously waiting

The other sweet family with their boys

Meeting Cora
In awe of her

Ethan was wanting to hold her

Headed back to hotel after Gotcha

Breaking the ice with playdough
Mia, Grandpa Leggio and Cora

Loving on daddy and playing Angry Birds

Finalizing our adoption of Chen Pei Juan
(We found out her name means graceful)

She is signing for her adoption

Look at her beautiful handwriting

Her handprint in red ink
Our family of seven

Headed to eat lunch

This was my favorite meal. Yummy.


Julie said...

Oh, Amber! Tears of joy seeing your family of 7 together. Cora is so beautiful. Will be praying as she grieves all she knows and becomes grafted into your/her family. (and I have checked your blog lots and lots of times today! ha! Thank you for sharing Gotcha Day!)

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Paige said...

She is precious!!!!! I love seeing the streets of Changsha again, man we sure walked a lot just to get out of the hotel room. Looks like you all are at the same one we were at. I'm praying for your sweet girl ans your whole family. I know you love having all your kids with you!!!

Jennifer said...

Awwww, so happy for y'all!! Will be praying for sweet Cora as she adjusts! I know having her siblings there will help. What a beautiful little girl :)

Charlie said...

Wohoooo! So happy to see her with her forever family! Miss that sweet girl and wish I could give her a big hug and hear her giggles! Praying for you guys! Can't wait for tomorrow!

Alicia said...

Praise the Lord! We will be praying for her sweet heart.....Anna Bei says she cannot wait to meet her new friend! We will continue to pray every day! :) Love to you all!

Alicia said...

Oh and I just looked on a map....anna Bei's orphanage was only 5 hours from Changsha!

Shay Ankerich said...

Yay!!! Happy Cora Day!!! What a wonderful day for your family and the beginning of Cora's forever!!! Loved all the photos!!! Praying for you all. Xoxo

Heather said...

So very beautiful ... something about the photo of Cora signing her papers really got to me! Continuing to pray for your precious family!

Whitney Cox said...

She is so precious so happy for your family!! We are so blessed.

Anonymous said...

Amber, I have been following your blog and I just cry with joy each and every post. You are so patient and loving and Cora is so blessed to be going home with ya'll. I imagine the transition is going to be tough but this isn't your first Rodeo Sista!!! you are an amazing and truly inspiring MOM!!! kisses to you and your family and I'm excited about June 4th!

Lori said...

Happy Cora Day!!! She's Precious!! Praying Cora transition into your loving family!

Mrs. Mom said...

Oh Amber! I LOVE this post and am so happy for your family! I love the picture of her writing her signature. I'm praying for you and your family! Love you! -Jamie Sandefer

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

She is so cute! I can only imagine how in love you are will this darling girl!

Jenny said...

Congrats! She is absolutely precious! We will be praying for the rest of your adventure there!

Candice said...

So precious! I am in awe of our God who RESCUES!!! I can't wait to meet her! Praying for the transition for you all!!

Maureen said...

She is a doll!!! SOOOO happy to see her with you all. What a beautiful day. Looking forward to updates!

Cynthia In Denver said...

Feels like yesterday!