Yesterday changed all that. It was an amazing day.
Look at these 2 girls. Liv is 6 months older but she's a little more typical in her size than our long-legged, long-waisted girl. Jasmine may very well hit 6 feet when she's done growing....
It took them no time at all before they were sharing a plate of fruit and
running helter-skelter through the restaurant. We actually did keep them contained long enough to eat our food, and we reminisced about the crazy meals we had together in China with our new babies screaming and squirming at every table. We didn't waver, however, and somehow managed to eat together nightly. Looking back, I'm pretty sure we were all just a little nuts.
The outdoor fountain was an endless source of entertainment.
I'm not sure what Jasmine is trying to talk Liv into doing but I'm sure it wasn't good.
We finally stepped in when the girls were slithering on the ground like lizards, ready at any time to put their faces down and lick if the other dared. It was clearly time for a nap.
We can't describe how joyful we felt being with Liv and her family again. We hope that our girls can have a lasting relationship. Their connection is something that we must support and enable but their history is set in stone. Born in China and abandoned for reasons that we can only assume to understand, having special needs and requiring surgery as babies and toddlers, these are the facts about their beginnings. How they eventually face all of this, digest it, react to it--we will all have to wait and see. But maybe, whatever their friendship becomes over the years, maybe it will be a little something that they can anchor to, something that we as their parents can't provide. Two precious girls, living in an orphanage, meeting their parents on the same day and starting their new lives at the same time.
And really, only time will tell the rest.