Monday, November 9, 2009

Of course we can't leave out our Gracie Jane

We met Gracie the second week we were there after we had visited with Dancho... she was in the northern part of Bulgaria and Dancho is more southern and east. As soon as she came in to the office where we met her.... she started to touch everything with a characteristic style of twitching her middle finger over things to discover them... she loved the cookies offered ( the whole box) stuffing them all in at once and then she began to discover the room again. It was obvious to us she had not been in that room ( the director's office ) before. She has the shiniest , think black hair with deep ,dark brown eyes that are very expressive.


She had some strong preferences and displayed them to us but always allowed us to show or share a toy, or a treat. She was more cautious with our touch at first than Dancho was but soon she warmed up to us. It was a diff. emotion watching and loving her.... we think that she may have institutional autism.... which also makes it be a diff. way to love her.... she was healthy and strong in her spirit. She acts and reminds us alot of our Isaac... who also had this. They said she was non verbal.... but we were able to hear her sweet voice say, momma and papa and even Dancho when she was shown the pictures of him on our computer....
She loved to look out the window ( a second floor one). We had to watch her though because she would try to throw objects out of them... it was like she was asking us to show her the world... to take her out of this prison she found herself in.... she drew us into her world ever so slowly but we were "hooked"






















Her sweet little lips would purse up and make these sounds... she would do over and over the same note on this toy...no matter which day or if it was me or Paul playing with her...just seeing her delight in a toy was a joy... often when we brought a treat in paper ...she would play with that... but that is all these poor ones were allowed to play with... the trash they found.














And then she would surprise with a "connection"... she was making silly faces at me... the more I laughed the more she loved it. She also had taken my flip flops off herself and wore them and then placed them beside her.... as she entertained me :)

Our last day was a gift... she loved to be swung by us between our legs... and got very sad when it was time for goodbye... the director took her from this room and then returned and allowed her to walk us to our van.... she took my hand and practically ran ... pulling me to come follow. Immediately she climbed in and we all could see she thought she was going with us then.... the director who seemed kind took her and held her as we drove away....
Oh our sweet and speechless one we will be coming back and my heart leaps to hear your voice again and to feel your little fingers over and thru my hair.













10 comments:

Amy L said...

She's precious! You can tell she is a flower just waiting to blossom!
Amy
RR

mommajeane said...

Amy... that is exactly how I think of her too.

Hevel said...

I hope she will always retain her ability to transform pieces or paper, little rocks and sticks into other things in her mind. Between that and the siblings and toys she will have access too she and her imagination will blossom!

Mike and Christie said...

Oh how sweet. I can't wait until she gets into that van this time and leaves with you!
Will you have a 10 day wait similar to Russia and Ukraine? Or can you just go and get them and keep them with you?

The Keno Family said...

She is so beautiful! A lovely little addition to your family!
Mary Ellen

mommajeane said...

Christie, our court date for our adoption is next Tuesday the 11. Then the 14 days wait begins... then our lawyer can get the new birth certificates for the kids without us and then we can come to pick them up... we will get the kids and then do the passports and embassy visit and come home.

It is diff. from Ukriane and I think a positive difference...in that we are not at the court for the adoption our lawyer is there representing us...and she can do the birth certificates for us after the 14 days... another positive as far as the comparision of the other countries we have adopted from...our wait is at home and not in country... also as Paul keeps reminding me when changes do occur like the adding of an additional 7 days to the wait for the court decree to take affect...we are still at home and not in the country. So next Monday eve. please say a prayer for our court hearing... with so many kids and all their medical needs we never know how things will go... we know they will go but we are praying for one court hearing....so we can get them before Christmas.

soontobemomof9 said...

I will be praying! I can't wait to see them home!

Gracie is beautiful! I can't wait to see a twinkle in those brown eyes! And that beautiful hair...

I admit, my hands are itching to get a hold of my girls hair! I love thick dark hair! :)

Mike and Christie said...

That is really great that you don't have to be there for all of that!

Praying for a quick court date and transition to get them HOME!

relying on God said...

Seriously can't wait to mee them both!

smctiver said...

Oh Jeane, I do pray that you and Paul will be able to bring these two treasures home this holiday season!