What an amazing day!
Yesterday, I would have told you the following concerns about Amelia:
1. She won’t let us feed her a bottle because she thinks bottles are for lying alone in bed.
2. She won’t let us rock her to sleep because she can only fall asleep alone drinking a bottle.
3. She will take longer to bond with us because we are only temporary volunteers to the baby home in her mind, like every other white family.
4. She does not yet get upset when we leave.
Today, praise God, we have overcome EVERYTHING on the above list. Is that not incredible? Is God not truly lavish with His gifts!?
|Much of Uganda’s capital is under construction,
and THIS is their scaffolding!
You couldn’t pay me!
Today was a big day for us. We had to be out in Kampala for a long time, instead of in the quieter outskirts where we have been staying. So Amelia fell asleep on me twice and let me feed her several ounces of a bottle. (see worries #1 & #2.) Then the director of the baby home offered to let us TAKE HER WITH US FROM NOW ON!!! Praise God! So she is now sleeping near me and in our constant care! (see worry #3). All day long, she laughed and got closer to us, and even cried when I left the room or was out of view. (see worry #4). And tonight, I rocked her to sleep with a bottle, held her for quite a while, and then put her in the pack-n-play. (see worry #1.) Today was nothing short of a heaping of blessings from the Father who knows how it feels to love His adopted children.
I cannot believe she is with us now! I love her more than words could even say. It is bizarre to love someone so much who you only barely know… but I am getting to know her more and more by the minute. She laughs easily, sometimes at nothing, just to hear us laugh in response. She loves to throw things and watch you scamper to get them back for her. She loves to be kissed and for her belly to be blown on. She is scared of every diaper change because she has had so many diaper rashes. She loves to be held, and she is starting to flirt with her dad. Of course, I hardly let go of her, so she prefers me at the moment! I am sure that he will have yet another daddy’s girl on his hands as soon as I am willing to loosen my grip of Amelia!
It was very sad to see the nannies say goodbye to Amelia on such short notice. They seemed okay, but I knew that Amelia would have to mourn leaving such a loving place. She hasn’t yet, but I wonder whether she will. For now, I will not borrow worries. Instead, I will bask in the beauty of TODAY! Thank you God, for your lavish love!