Thursday, January 19, 2012

Day 7 :)

We met our girl!!!

We have been fantasizing for so long about holding our little dark beauty!  We expected her to be small, we just didn't know how small.

So imagine our surprise when they brought our daughter in...

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This WHOPPER of a child with BLONDE hair and BLUE eyes!!!  What the what?! And yes, it is definitely her! Her face is exactly the same ;) I can't believe her hair changed THAT much!!  We are in shock lol. Not bad shock! Just shock. I never expected her to be so big! She is a precious, precious little (big! 22lb!) pumpkin!



Nathan asked the doctor what she eats and she said (translated) "Look at her! Everything!" haha.



They told us she is calm and HAPPY. She eats well, sleeps well, plays well! My smart little girl knows her name and is starting to say words! They said she can stand up with help, but we couldn't get her to put any weight on her legs at all.


Layla, Brynn, and Cale, we gave her the octopus you made her and told her it was from her brother and sisters! She loves it!




She is perfectly healthy and already, she looooves her Papa and he loooooves her! I don't think either of them wanted to share!


At the risk of sounding liking a broken cliche' record, thank you all so much. Your words of encouragement, prayer, support are SO uplifting.  This is not an easy thing to do, but you all make it much easier. And OF COURSE, this little girl is worth every bit of it.



37 comments:

  1. I can't stop crying then laughing!! She is a DOLL baby!!! Love her and y'all!!!! I can not wait to kiss her cheeks :-) our God is amazing!!!

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  2. So incredibly precious!! When you said that you had an unexpected surprise...I thought, I wonder if her hair is blonde!?

    I'm so happy for you guys. You definitely got my tears flowing over breakfast! I can't wait to meet her in person! I can imagine the next few days until you can bring her home may just be torture...but we will be praying for you! Love the pictures and looking forward to more!

    Love you guys!!

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  3. I am in love!!!! A blondie, who woulda thought!!!!! :) she is beautiful!!! Yall were meant for each other! Oh my, those pictures of Anna Gray laughing and smiling at Nath are AMAZING!!!!! Love you all!!!! ~Lelly

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  4. OMGosh how incredibly sweet! Thanks so so SO much for sharing your sweet girl! Absolutely adorable! Love that she's already a daddy's girl (& soon will be a mama's girl)! Can't wait to see more! :) Lots of love and hugs!

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  5. She is absolutely beautiful Amber! I'm defintely going to have to bring Logan to the airport to meet Anna. He's not going to know what to do with another beautiful baby that looks like him, lol!

    Oh and you think that they'll let you pick another precious little to bring home to me :)

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  6. leslie, jonathan, curt, and carrigan quallsJanuary 19, 2012 at 5:46 AM

    Amber and Nathan this is just beautiful! A very touching story and what a beautiful little gift she is. Many more prayers coming your way from our family.

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  7. She's beautiful guys. Congrats and I know she was well worth the time and traveling to get to. God bless y'all and make it home safe with your precious baby girl.

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  8. I found your blog thru a mutual friend on facebook. And all I can say is it is such a beautiful that you are doing. I was adopted at the age of 2 and was blessed with an amazing family. I was rescued. My half sister who was adopted not long before me was adopted by the same family. Not knowing the trials ahead my parents loved us no diffrently. My sister is autistic. Although my parents did not know this adopting her my mother is the most patient and kind person when it comes to her. Grace is a beautiful baby girl and it takes a certain kind of person to know the love of another child as they were they're own. And it takes an extraordinary person to take on the needs of. One of Gods most humble and innocent creations. And that truely is a child with special needs. May God bless you and your family in your journey. It will be a long one but well worth the walk.

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  9. She's perfect and looks to already have her daddy wrapped!!:) So excited for you guys!! Praying the next few weeks go smoothly!!! I can't stop smiling!!! (and your hair looks great:)) Stephani

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  10. I've been stalking for these pictures. Shes adorable! But i don't have to tell you that. heres hoping for a fast court date and 10days.
    Oneof your fellow RR internet friends,
    Baumann family, Kim
    Adopted Bryce Vanya- 10/2010

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  11. Absolutely beautiful! What a wonderful day for you!

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  12. Oh Amber I read your facebook status first...so glad I did I can't stop crying she is precious and OMG her facial response to you both, love at first sight, is breathtaking!!!! I cannot imagine the excitement, joy, love and chills that the two of you are going through right now!!!!! What an amazing journey!!!!!! Thank you for sharing it so openly the way you have I literally feel like I am there with you! She is beatiful!!! I love her beautiful smile!! The way she is looking at you both just makes me sob!!!! Can you just bring home a couple of more!! I think I could still take care of one!! Love to you both!!! Keep it coming love you sweet girl! Love Mylinda

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  13. How awesome!!!!!!!! She is perfect. I am so happy for you all!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. AMAZING!!! The tears are rolling right into a huge grin on my face! She's beautiful and looks perfect with you both. We will continue to pray for you and Nathan, Anna Gray and the great people who made this possible for you guys. Thank GOD for people like you and those who have ensured her health and safety until you got to her! Love to you all! I am proud to call you friends! :) :) :)

    Donnie and Meg

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  15. Although we talked to you on skype before the post, but I wanted to publically say how much we love her and Y'all. I knew from the time you were "little-bitty" your life would look different than most. I'm just SO BLESSED to get to be an integral part of it! Can't wait for updates!!!

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  16. Amber she is PRECIOUS!!! I can see that she is the same little one, but OH how she has grown!!! She's gonna be a heartbreaker when she grows up! She has that twinkle in her eye! hehe And, by the way, your hair looks great! ;)

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  17. I am a friend of Kacie and Beth and I have been following your blog for some time now. I am crying tears of joy that you finally have your little one in your arms. She is beautiful and perfect in every way! Congrats!

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  18. She is beautiful!!! I am so so so happy for you all!!! I can't wait to meet her!!! Love y'all!!!!

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  19. OH my! Anna Gray looks so healthy! and HAPPY! all of you are so lucky to have each other. Enjoy this special time! Rita

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  20. Yep, I held it together until I saw the picture of Nathan holding her and they were touching face to face. Prayers coming your way that the rest of the adoption process goes smoothly and you will be home with her soon!

    ~Tiffany, Justin, Emily and Baby Avery

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  21. It seriously gives me chills to see the live in that baby girls eyes...when Yall hold her she is absolutely gorgeous!!! What an angel...God bless you!

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  22. Oh My Gosh!!!! Your princess is STUNNING!!!!! Love those cheeks!!!!!

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  23. I've read this post numerous times today, & just stared at the pictures of that beautiful BLONDE baby! She'll fit right in with Layla & Catalina! :) I'm so extremely happy for you right now, & wishing I could just give you a huge hug! I can't wait to meet your daughter!

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  24. My heart is overjoyed to know that Anna Gray is now with her momma! She looks so amazing, healthy and happy. I can't wait to see pictures of her with her brothers and sisters when she is finally HOME. Much love to you and your beautiful family!

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  25. Such special people in our lives - God's gift to us through you guys! She is so beautiful and so deserving of a wonderful life made by some wonderful parents! God bless your sweet, sweet family! The Thornton Gang!

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  26. This is the post I've been waiting for! Amazing!!! You are not only bringing joy into the life of that beautiful baby girl, but you are bringing joy to so many others as well. We don't even know each other, but I have followed your blogs faithfully and your family is so inspiring, this post brought tears to my eyes! What you are doing is not easy, but you have truly been blessed!!!

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  27. I am so happy for you guys! God has partnered wonderful parents with precious children yet again!

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  28. BLOWN AWAY BY GODS GLORY!!! As overwhelmed for you with joy as I am, I'm more grateful knowing that this child will know her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for that!! Love and Hugs..please come home safetly.

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  29. Yay!!! Praise God!!! You all look great! She is absolutely beautiful!!!

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  30. I have read this blog SO many times today and have showed her pictures to EVERYONE! And I cry tears of joy each time! I am so happy for you and your family! She is perfect and perfectly matched with such an Amazing Family! God is Good!

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  31. This little bundle is famous already. Your journey has certainly touched my heart and obviously the hearts of so many others...I am over joyed for you both...your experience is lifechanging and hope for others who may want to adopt. I can't wait to see her....I pray that the final issues go smoothly and you all will be home and together soon.... Way to hang in there Amber and Nathan....you are special. We love you.
    Kerrie Reynolds :)

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  32. i can,t not wait to met anna gray amber.the other three in the states are going to love her.

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  33. Congratulations! She is adorable!
    Joy McClain,RR

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  34. She is absolutely beautiful!!!! And very blessed to say the least. Yall are very special people I cry tears of joy every time I see her with her mommy and daddy. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

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  35. Oh I love her!!! And her hair still. :)

    Claire's was the same spiky dark hair when she was born, and hers has lightened up a lot, but AG has her beat with all that blonde.

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