Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Getting to know you...

 Yesterday was another day full of paper work. We had to meet our guide in our hotel lobby at 8:30am sharp.  Thankfully, AK had a GREAT first night with us and slept very peacefully in her crib all night long. A total answer to prayer!!! She woke up full of the sweetest smiles. She seems to have a smile on her face ALL the time, which is such a blessing to see! 
We got her dressed, which was sooo much fun for me;), and headed down stairs to have breakfast. 
After we finished up, our guide and driver picked us up from the hotel and it was off to the bank to exchange some money.
  We then headed back to the civil affairs office to pay some fee's and finish up some paper work. 
We had to sign (and fingerprint)  several documents and AK had to do a foot print. 
 We had the opportunity to see AK's nanny again too! 
 We thanked her for taking care of our girl and gave her a special gift. I was afraid that AK would scream and cry when she saw her, but much to our surprise, she was happy and content to stay in our arms;)
We actually met another sweet American family in the office too! They were there finalizing some of their adoption documents too. They were so kind and it was sooo nice to chat with them for a little bit. We will actually see them again soon because  they are staying at the same hotel as us in Guangzhou. We head there at the end of the week.
After we were done at the office, it was off to the police station to apply for AK's passport and (of course) sign some more papers;)

Finally, we were done with paper work for the day and we could head back to our hotel to relax and play with our girl. We spent the majority of the afternoon just playing and hanging out in our room. It was such a sweet time together. AK is slowly coming out of her shell. She is still very quiet and we can tell she is just taking it/us all in. She giggled at us for the first time ever...and Shane and I just about melted into a puddle.

Thank you to those of you who have prayed us through this special time. We feel so blessed to have been given this AMAZING little girl. God is sooo good and we are so thankful. If you wouldn't mind though, please continue to pray for us during this time away. As much as I love being here with my sweet girl, I am beyond homesick for my kids!! I miss them soooo much it hurts.  Please pray that the remainder of this time away will be peaceful and full of joy and that the days until we are home again would pass quickly!
Thanks y'all;)


Bethany @ Our 4 Sons Plus 1...Super Cute Girly Girl said...

MY heart is so happy for you guys!! Enjoy this precious time, even though I know how hard it is to be apart from your other children. Peace and every happiness throughout your journey! =)

Meg said...

Such a huge blessing to be able to "travel" along with you during this very special season of your life! Praying! Much love~

Jodi Brown said...

Hey Bruce Family,

Following your wonderful adoption journey and praying for you along the way.

God Bless!

Jodi Brown

The Halsey's said...

WOW what a answer to prayer! It is so great to hear that AK is so comfortable with you both already that she did not even cry when seeing her nanny. What a amazing experience. Thank you God for such a sweet little girl and such a sweet family! You are so blessed!

Melanie said...

Oh, what a DOLL! I can only imagine hearing her sweet giggle & how precious that was! It sounds like AK has such a delightful, pleasant personality & that she has warmed up to you guys so quickly! We continue to lift you guys up in our prayers! I know your kids are doing great & are being loved on so much, but I still give them an extra hug each time I see them at VBS!

Sarah Campbell said...

Love that she is wearing big ol' bows and monogramed clothes now. :) She truly is your daughter. :) So precious!

"salembrookie" said...

Oh my goodness gracious....so incredibly exciting and so precious! So glad that you are blogging your journey. I CANNOT wait to see the pics of your kids meeting her. =)