Friday, August 26, 2011


Ok....we are beyond tired right now so my post is going to be very brief. Today was a day of travel. We are now at the tail end of our trip and have checked into the China Hotel in Guangzhou . It is a beautiful hotel...but honestly I am missing the White Swan. Tomorrow we have Ava's medical exam and a bunch of paperwork to complete. It's going to be a busy day.

Wow...what a transformation in my sweet baby girl today. We have seen a different side of Ava today. She's so active...she laughs and giggles...she is a blast. In the room today she was all over me...kissing me, hugging me, following me around, mimicking me and putting her beautiful arms up for me to carry her. I was in shock. My sweet girl calls me Mama and her daddy Baba. It is music to my ears. Don't get me wrong...we still have obstacles to overcome and more trust to be built. Once we leave the hotel room...she seeks her daddy for security. BUT today...she let me carry her in the airport and she sat with me on the plane for at least half the ride. And I didn't have to bribe her with food or juice. My sweet girl...she's letting me into her world and it feels so good. I can't tell you how much we adore her and love her to a bazillion pieces.

So...that's it for now. I need to go to sleep...Ava was so active on the plane ride today. I have NO idea how we are going to fly 15 1/2 hours home with her. I can't even think about that right now.

To my family and friends that can't wait to meet Ava. Please understand that she will most likely not go to anyone for a while. She is still very insecure and there are still times that her little mind goes elsewhere. I know I keep using this word. But my sweet sweet Ava is so FRAGILE. When you meet will know exactly what I mean.

There aren't a whole lot of pictures to share today since we were mostly in transit...but I think the few that I am sharing today...well they speak volumes!!!!


Pablo said...

Sorry I missed your call, rest up and try to get me later. Love you guys.

Anonymous said...

Hi Deanna,
These pictures of you & Ava made me cry... You are such a loving mother, so precious!!
Have a safe trip home.

Sending you guys lots of love from NJ!
Love, Amy

Anonymous said...

Nice pics of Mommy & daughter!!
Love You----DAD

Anonymous said...

You've come a long way in a short time /// everything is going to be all right!!! Hooray!!!!

Aunt Ann

My Three Sons said...

YAY!!!!!!!!!!! That is TOTALLY awesome!!! <3

Jenine said...

AMEN!!! Things seem to be going well. I am so thrilled for all of you. We continue to pray for every step of this journey for all of you. She is so beautiful and perfect. What a life she is meant to have with all of you and she hasn't even met her sister yet!! Love you all. Safe travels:)

Amy said...


TanyaLea said...

Oh YES THEY DO ...speak VOLUMES! So happy for you and so wonderful to see these beautiful 'kissy' photos of you and your sweet Ava!

I'm just catching up on your travels and praying your last week in GZ is a blessed one!

Ava is ADORABLE ~ but even sweeter in your arms!!

Blessings and Hugs,
~ Tanya

Anonymous said...

Ava, we are sending you kisses from Colorado to china for you!

Love you,

Tia Crystal

thegodparents said...

love you, I know how much these pictures mean to you... made me cry