What a wonderful day! We had asked the in-country agency team if we could visit an African church while we were here. SO, last night our case worker said we could all go with her (another family is here too) AND she’d pick up their child and ours before!!! We met our little girl and she walked right up to me and gave me a hug and hugged Paul too. The rest of the morning she was in my arms. She fell asleep on my lap only about 15 minutes after meeting me. Later I learned that she had been with women interns from America while she was living with our case worker temporarily. Anyway, she is quite scared of Paul and while she will play with him (bubbles, etc), she only hugs him or gives him 5 when coerced. By lunch she was sharing food with me and letting me feed her and feeding me and laughing at both of us and dancing. She showed us her dance moves. Best of all, while she wasn’t talking and they were very worried about her before, she is talking and copies EVERYTHING we say and wants me to tell her the words for everything. She points at things all day long. She fell asleep on me on the ride home (no booster seats here) and cried when we left. I’m so thankful because all the kids I saw yesturday were afraid of both of us. Anyway, Paul isn’t too concerned, his nieces are always shy for a few days every time they see him.
Anyway, we are very tired by very happy. She is a happy, beautiful child.
Africa is wonderful to. They are so friendly and even had us come up to the front to be introduced at church. Everyone on the team is so helpful and self sacrificing. They love their work and spend long hours (and weekends) hosting. They are very dedicated.
The country is obviously a lot different than the U.S., but there is a great sense of community and contentment here. Very happy people.