Sunday, December 26, 2010

We Are Back Home...And Missing Our Little Girl!

We arrived home in the evening on Christmas Eve, after 24 hours of travel from Eastern Europe.  We were quite tired from the trip and from the week overall...but arrived home to a beautiful white Christmas with our girls!

The trip went very well.  No travel delays, although the airline failed to deliver our luggage on the way over.  They did deliver it to our hotel at 11pm the 2nd day in the foreign country, but we had to wear our travel clothes for our first official meeting and our first visit to the orphanage.  Arghh!!  But, it didn't seem to matter in the end. 

During our first meeting, we found out more background information on little "Claire"...including that her real first name is Anastasia.  So, with that in mind, we decided to name her Anna Loraine.  Anna being short for Anastasia, and Loraine being Christy's grandmother's name.

We had two visits per day scheduled with Anna during the week, which was awesome!  Because of snow and traffic, the drive from the hotel to the baby home could take as much as two hours each way, so we ended up not going back to the hotel the last couple of days and instead toured the area a bit.  We are so fortunate to be traveling to a beautiful area! 

Our visits were incredible.  It was so wonderful to get to spend as much time with Anna as we did.  She is such a lovable and engaging little girl!  And tiny!!  She is the size of a 12-15 month old, but she does walk quite well, and she loves to play with toys!  We did take a LOT of pictures, including these:

Now we wait for a court date.  It will be at least March before that...but we pray it comes quickly and we can go back over to bring Anna home to her family. 

God Bless,
David and Christy