Wednesday, June 02, 2010

And then ....... Hannah Smiled :>)

Hello Everyone, David here.  Lois and Hannah are fast asleep - it was a busy day, with many breakthroughs ... But first a picture from our official visit to the Adoption Office this past Monday.  It is a picture of Lois, Hannah and I and the 2 ladies that accompanied her from her orphanage to Nanchang.  I don't know what their role is, but we are thankful that they took such great care of our little girl.

We went to the park this morning for several hours - Hannahs first experience in a stroller, and I think she likes it way too much :>)  She started whimpering when we got back to the Hotel and tried to get her to walk to the room - we had to put her back in the stroller ...  Here is a video of Hannah feeding the gold fish; unfortunately, Papa is a little slow on the trigger so I actually missed her throwing her piece of cracker, but you get the idea :>)

We have also been trying to get a good picture of our new friends, the Varns, who have adopted a little girl that is 2 months older than Hannah.  We finally got a good picture of them today, and here it is (Mark & Sharon, and their little girl Rachel):

After the park we went shopping for porcelain.  This province is very well known for it's porcelain and we wanted to get something from Hannah's province as a keep-sake for her as she get's older.  While Mama was looking for a keep sake, I was watching Hannah along with our guide.  We were playing peek-a-boo (or a variant thereof), when suddenly, it happened.  It kind of caught us all off guard and we weren't exactly sure, so we played again, and there was no mistaking it, Hannah smiled!  Our guide was able to catch it on "film", just for you, and here it is:

What a beautiful smile!  We knew she had it in her, we've just been waiting for it to come out.  She has done really well today and with each passing day seems to be more comfortable with us and is certainly bonding with Lois.  Bath time, for whatever reason, is a completely different story, but I'll save that for another day.

Tomorrow, we will travel to her orphanage. I'm not exactly sure how Hannah will react to seeing everything again, but we feel it is really important for us and for her to see it and get pictures, so we can tell her all about it one day ... Please pray that all will go well ...

Well, that's quite enough for one day, don't you think?


Anonymous said...

And what a beautiful smile she has!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rene' and I thought we saw a hint of a smile in one of her other pictures.
We are praying for your trip with Hannah to the orphanage. She probably needs to say farewell to her little friends there; she knows that she is a blessed young lady.

Linda Bidez

Chris said...

Awesome, sounds like things are going great, PTL. Follow the blog from summer camp, at the top of Lookout Mountain! Praying!!!!

Virginia said...

What a georgeous smile! Yay! I'm sure it's just the first of many. Just wait til you get the belly laughs, they're the best. Sounds like she's making great progress. I'm not sure how they bathed them in the orphanage, Kerry absolutely HATED baths for weeks after we got her. Can't wait to see the pictures and hear all about the orphanage. We weren't able to visit. Have a great day!

Gin =)

Nicole said...

such a beautiful smile!

I'm so glad ya'll are taking the time to visit the orphanage. I pray the trip goes smoothly and there are lots of memories recorded for Hannah to see and hear about in the future.