On April 28, we flew down to Guatemala to pick up Anaya.
We didn't do a whole lot to celebrate other than talk about the meaning of that day. It's always fun to chat with her about when she was a baby because she just eats up every story I tell her, however...I know some day the questions will get harder and more difficult, but for now she is just fascinated by it. I recently let her watch some of the videos we have of her while she was in the orphanage. They are her favorite movies because, as she says, "they're all about me!" um yeah, great...and poor Luisa...she has only a handful of pictures, and absolutely no videos from when she was a baby. This is where it will be harder when they are older too, their stories are so different, and it will not be very easy to tell them...but for now, I am so glad they have each other and that I have the chance to navigate my way through telling their stories while they are young. It's easy now because they don't fully understand, so I keep it real simple, but I also don't want them to have any misconceptions so it's nice to have "gotcha days" to retell the happy day of how they came into our family so we can have these little chats again.
As many of you know Guatemala closed their adoption program while we were in process, which is part of why I went down early and spent 7 weeks there. This video does a great job explaining what went on and what is going on in Guatemala today. Please watch and then pray for this beautiful country. We are so thankful we were able to bring our treasure home, there are several hundred adoptive families that never got that opportunity.