This past Saturday Derek and I had probably one of the most amazing opportunities adoptive parents can have and that was to Skype with our girls. We were supposed to Skype at 6:30am our time (3:30pm their time) and when our alarm went off at 6:15am I already had a face book message saying that the girls were ready and very excited. So we managed to take a few sips of coffee and brush our hair before we got on the call. The girls had just been told by the director that we intended on becoming their parents and so they were very anxious to meet us (of course they did not remember us from the brief 45 minutes we spent with them a few months ago). When the video finally came on there they were with earrings, hair bows and new clothes a missions group had just brought for them. The older kids in the orphanage had come to be a part of this special day so behind them was a sea of little faces. We smiled and waved at each other for a minute or so, as they do not understand English. However, the smiles on their faces said it all. They were so happy. We spoke to them through a translator for a few minutes, found out what size clothes they wear, favorite colors, favorite activities. We told them Derek was a pastor and all of the children began clapping. You would have thought she had told them he was the President of the United States. We had limited time with them (they don’t have unlimited internet) so we woke Hayden up so he could meet his future sisters and so they could see him. Poor Hayden was so sleepy but he sat there and waved and even made silly faces to make them laugh. Hayden has no idea what a huge moment that was in his life. As we were saying our good byes after a short 17 minute conversation our oldest girl said, “I love you Mommy and Daddy”. WOW! We know that these girls don’t have a clue what it means to be in a loving, secure family. They don’t understand what those three words actually mean in a relationship to a mother and father but we can’t wait to teach them. This one conversation and that simple phrase moved me from a love for a few orphan girls to a mother’s love that will do whatever it takes to get these girls home.
We hope to Skype with them again this Saturday so they can meet Emily as she was at a sleepover and missed the call.