Wednesday, January 16, 2013
I really don't know where to start. Annabelle is the sweetest, most amazing little girl and she has already adjusted to us perfectly.

She's daddy's little girl and though she doesn't speak, she mutters out "mama".

Annabelle has very strange sleeping habits. I woke up last night to check on her and found her sleeping while sitting up. She also folds over forward at the waist and sleeps.

I was shocked when I saw her completely naked. I can't say she's skinny because skinny is fat compared to her. From her backside, she has no butt and you can see her hip bones perfectly. Think about looking at a skeleton from behind.

We are having a little trouble feeding her. She won't drink from anything and will only eat baby food fruit. I have been mixing cereal in with some of the fruit and I water down other fruit. I have tried mixing baby food meat in with the fruit but even with just one spoonful added to 8oz of fruit, she will refuse it. She's been fully hydrated, thankfully, but we can't wait to get home. Our feeding options are very limited here. For now, she's only sustained. With that said, she has probably eaten more food with us in one day than she has eaten all week.

We need to pray for the new director. She's up against a crew of workers who want the old director back.

Annabelle is an absolute blessing and we can't stop thanking God for her.


  1. Oh Susan, I have been waiting for this post! Tears are streaming down my face! Thank You, God, for this precious child and for her parents who said YES to You and to her. Thank You!!!!

  2. Praise the Lord!!!!!I am so happy to see her with you guys! Congratulations! She is just precious!!!!

  3. Thanks for the update. I'm so glad Annabelle is transitioning well. I love the pictures with Daddy. She looks so pleased with herself. :)

  4. Todd you look like a natural.Congratulations you are in my prayers.Steward.

  5. Annabelle is beautiful! Love the photos. So glad she's yours.

    I'm praying for the director, and the other children in Annabelle's orphanage - thanks for the reminder.

    Hope the rest of your journey continues to go well.

    Another Susan (in Ky)
    Cousin to 2 from EE

  6. Hey, I have following your story through Adeye's blog, and am overjoyed see Annabelle so happy with her Daddy. I wanted to comment in regards to Annabelle's sleeping position. I once worked with an 8 yo boy who had been recently adopted. His parents were also concerned because he slept the same way as you are describing. After some testing, we discovered that he had horrible reflux, and sleeping like that is how he prevented the increased pain that can come with sleeping flat on your back. Once on reflux meds, he sleep normally and started eating better. Just a thought. You are all in my prayers, and I can't get enough of that smile! God Bless!
    Kristie in NC

  7. Congratulations on your beautiful new daughter. She is such a sweetheart. What a blessing it was to meet you all today at the embassy. I'll pray for a safe trip home and that Annabelle does well during the long day of traveling.

  8. Congratulations! I love the photos of Makayla snuggling with her daddy. I'll pray for the rest of your time and travel to go smoothly (and for the director!). What a joyful day it will be when your whole family is together.

  9. I'm so glad to see her with you. When will you be home? Please let me know if you need anything at all when you are - meals, equipment, someone to chat with - it's never too far to drive pr too much to do for a sweet child and an amazing family like yours. God Bless!


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We're your average family. No fame or riches. We have our ups and downs. When it rains it pours but we always view the glass as half full. We go where our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ leads. We aren't perfect but we always try to do our best.

Annabelle. The one born in our hearts.

Kandice. Our artistic one.

Amanda. Our helpful one.

Keegan. Our curious one.

Jacob. Our sensitive one.