Friday, May 30, 2008

We're Here!

Our first embrace

Daddy and Sarah playing with dolls... never thought we'd see a doll in Daddy's hands : )

We met Sarah for the first time about 4:00 yesterday afternoon... and was every bit the excitement and monumental moment as the birth of our 3 biological children that we will never forget. The mamas had her all dressed and ready for us in a dress I had sent to Sarah a couple months ago. There is SO much to tell already but I will keep this short until we get home.

We are having a GREAT time! Sarah is very sweet and quiet( not what we're used to with the boys She has taken to both of us and does not want us to ever put her down. She was a bit frightened of Dave at first but has slowly warmed up to him. We are so very anxious to bring her home so she can meet the rest of our family.

Guatemala and Eagles Nest are BEAUTIFUL! No lack for inspiration here! I am enjoying meeting all of my blogging friends' babies and giving them extra lovin.... it's funny, Kendall and Kate look at me as though they know me... just follow me intently as I move around the room(I think I might remind them of their mommies back home). The older kids have already bonded with David... he's become a walking jungle gym, no surprise there : )

The thing that has surprised me the most is how much I feel like I already know Sarah... just from studying her pictures for hours the last 8 mos. of her life. And yet, I realize that to Sarah... yesterday was the first time we entered her life. It made me think about how the Lord has known His children from the beginning of time and has studied our pictures(if you will) intently long before we knew Him. Our adoption seems to never stop teaching me about the vastness of God's love for us as He pursues His sons and daughters!!

Thanks for checking in... we'll post again when we get home. Blessings, Marianne and Dave


Leah said...

I understand that blessing all too well. It's amazing the bond you can have with these children you have in your heart. Enjoy your time with Sarah.

Whitney said...

Amazing to see you with her in that special place where so many of us have the same memories! Praise God for His adoption of us!

I will be praying for you as you are with Sarah and that she will be coming home soon!

Jerry and Stacie said...

HOW EXCITING!! Sarah is so gorgeous and I know you guys are just soaking up every minute with her. I hope you have a BLAST and enjoy the rest of your trip with that precious miracle.

Have fun! Can't wait to hear and see more!

Amy said...

Was so excited to see you actually holding Sarah! What a precious time for you three. Adoption is such a wonderful earthly picture of what the Lord has done for us.

We are praying that the Lord would open the doors of PGN!

Enjoy your time together!

Sara said...

I am so glad your travels were safe. I have been praying for the 3 of you and that you are having a wonderful time with her. Soak up every moment, as I know you will. I loved hearing the little comment about Kate...makes my day knowing you were right there beside her.

Janie Rider said...

Thanks for posting. It was good to see you and Dave with Sarah. It is amazing how God perfectly knits our hearts with our children. Know that I am praying for you and for your time at the Nest. May God multiply each minute you spend with Sarah. See you soon.

Amy Moser said...

Marianne ~ I have been "keeping tabs" on you and your family and I am so thrilled you are holding Sarah as I type! What a gift from God you ALL are to each other! I would love to catch up with you some time!!!

Amy (Broach) Moser

Rachel said...

Hi!! It's Rachel from Newburgh..
Sarah is sooooo cute!!! I don't have a google account for real, I just made one to leave you guys a comment. I miss you and will pray for you and your family.

Rachel Bernier

the Schommer family said...

We are so happy to read about you and your time with Sarah. We will continue to pray for more memorable moments. Plus we love seeing you with her at EN. May you enjoy your special times together.

Therese said...

Such sweet pictures!

Thank you for letting all of us know our babies have some extra love in the house!

I love the picture of your first meeting. It helps me imagine what my first meeting will be. And Sara is so adorable - I love the hair and the toothless grin.

Now go and enjoy the rest of your visit - I will be praying for a wonderful visit and safe travels home.


LouLou said...

Marianne, It seems like SO long ago when we first "met" over these sweet babies...... Sarah is such a blessing, and it is wonderful seeing you guys together.

Kristy (McDannald) Booth said...

Yay! I am so excited you guys got to meet little Sarah. The look on your face in that picture with her is priceless. You are beaming!! I always end up crying tears of joy when I look at your blog and today was no exception! I will continue to pray that God will open the doors of the PGN and let Sarah come home to be with her family.

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord for this time for you to bond with this sweet baby girl. Praying that PGN moves quickly and that all these babies are home soon.

Courtney said...

AHHHHH...............wonderful !! Congrats. So happy for you. Courtney

Jami said...

That is wonderful! I love the picture of you and your sweet daughter!