Monday 28th May – Our Family Forever Day

Unbelievable! today was absolutely surreal! In the morning we had to go to the conference room at the hotel and complete all the paperwork with Deborah and Sylvia the 2 guides from CWTS (who by the way were amazing and so helpful in helping us complete all the paperwork. They really know their stuff!

Then we were told that at 5pm we would see the girls. That they would be bought to the hotel at 5pm. Oh my goodness! The anticipation. At 5pm we were all waiting in the hall outside our rooms waiting for the lift doors to open so that we could see the girls and then rush back to our rooms (we all had vid cameras on tripods ready to capture the moment we saw our girls.)

The waiting was so bad we all ended up doing Yoga in the hallway! Breathe in….. Breathe out…….

Then at about 5.20 the lift doors opened, we all bolted back to our rooms to wait. Then Albert quickly stuck his head out the the door because we heard squeak, squeak. Squeak, squeak coming down the hall. Albert yelled “I think Lily is wearing squeaky shoes! And she’s walking!!”

I peeked round the door and sure enough there was our Lily wearing little squeaking sandles. Oh so cute! We quickly ran back into the room and then the orphanage director and Sylvia our guide brought Lily in and asked us to check if this was our child. We said “Absolutely!” Then there were many hugs and kisses as the others left Lily, Baba and I alone to get to know each other. Her photo’s do her no justice. She is too gorgeous for words!



5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rhonda
    Jun 09, 2007 @ 18:37:54

    Absolutely beautiful pictures of your daughter! Congratulations again. 🙂


  2. Kim
    Jun 09, 2007 @ 21:42:23

    Oh Rachel and Albert…
    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S
    She is a darling and so very gorgeous! Rachel, I just love the photo of her leaning into you, it’s almost like she’s saying “Thankyou God, my Mama is FINALLY here and I am content” !!!
    Can’t wait for more photos and to
    Hugs to the three of you,
    Kim in Darwin


  3. Joy
    Jun 09, 2007 @ 23:47:11

    Thanks for the wonderful update.We’ve all been hangin out for some news.Welcome home safe and sound and full of contentment. You three fit beautifully together. Much love to you all, Joy x x x


  4. Fiona
    Jun 10, 2007 @ 10:29:05

    was very relieved and happy when i got your msg saying you had landed in sydney…
    The up dates are awesome! so pleased to have you home… how is my gorgeous neice doing? Its cold here, so i cant imagine the weather down there! 🙂
    looks like i will have to go shopping again soon 🙂
    im speachless right now, just really happy for the three of you and your back home safe and sound
    bye for now
    love aunty fiona and uncle bronson


  5. JvK
    Jun 10, 2007 @ 13:15:44

    Hi Rachel, just a quick note to say congrats, you guys finally made it !!
    All the best,



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