today ming officially became abigail heming ranger :) the 24-hour harmonious period was over and all official documents were signed. she continues to just do amazingly well. from what we can tell on the outside, she has not looked back and has not had any problem adjusting to being rotten :)
after completing the day's paperwork, we went swimming. it was pure unadulterated joy. she could hardly contain herself. greg taught her how to splash the proper way and she thought that was the best! she will repeat anything we ask her to and she skips down the hotel hallways. she is eating like a horse and smiles a whole bunch. my heart hurt today for two moms that i had the pleasure of meeting and talking with. one just adopted a little girl, age 10 who looked about age 6, who has pretty significant hand and foot deformities. she is precious. the mom was crying because the way people look at her daughter, it is just tearing her up. the protective mama bear has already kicked in. and then a second mom cannot console her crying-a-whole-bunch little girl. satan was having a field day with her and it was my honor to remind her not to play his game, just as many of you reminded me when i fell into the trap of wondering if i had what it takes to be the right mom to ming.
adoption is an amazing and crazy and emotional and walk by faith journey. if you love roller coasters, you would be in heaven :)
and a big ol shout out to jeff
thanks so much to all of those who prayed and continue to do so. i feel so undeserving of the support we have in you.
p.s. to karen cooper - i know you love me.
p.s.s. to my sister deb who is posting and caring for this blog since there is no blogger access (and many other sites as well....) in china - thank you :) xoxo