Friday, March 21, 2008

In Our Arms

Today may have been one of the most difficult of my life. I won’t go into all of the details of the day, as we are (all three of us) spent. MyLinh is just now, after 10 hours of constant, inconsolable crying (punctuated with two short, fitful naps), interacting with us. In fact, I think Alex and I are both holding our breath watching her drop her toys from the bed…a little game she has just taken pleasure in. I don’t know what precipitated that first serious gaze without tears…or how it turned into the first smile for Daddy, but we are thanking God for these sweet moments in a difficult day for us all.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers as MyLinh isn’t eating well and has thrown up multiple times and had a bout of diarrhea. We don’t know whether it was from stress and hours of sobbing, or if we have a sick girl. We have an early flight tomorrow (arriving at the airport at 7:00 a.m), and that short night of sleep, combined with MyLinh’s co-sleeping habit (not one we are used to) means we are crashing within the next few minutes. We will catch up on our blogging tomorrow…

God is good, all the time.


E&K &Kids said...

Hello from the Holt BB,
I wanted to let you know that although we did not have this experience, some very dear friends of ours did. There little one from Danang cried for three days, and vomitted. I write this to let you know that she is now a happy, healthy, beautiful 10 year old girl. I will pray for God to be gracious to you and your sweet MyLinh. These are some of the most emotionally and physically draining days. By and by she will learn to trust and love you!
Blessings to you all,
Kim Crawford just home with Evan from Binh Duong

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful picture to see MyLinh in your last! We will continue to pray fervently for you and your sweet girl.
Love you all so so much,
Burkhalter fam

Anonymous said...

Beautiful child - like actual childbirth this trauma will fade. The Lord will love you all, through this and your love will conquer. Love ya, Sue G

Anonymous said...

So sweet to see her in your arms! I'm typing this comment through tears of emotion for all this is! So many are praying, and it will be alright! May the Lord of all, hold you tenderly in His hands.
We love you,
Colleen and Family

Anonymous said...

Many, many prayers for all of you on this wonderful day! God is good, even in the misdst of fatigue, poo and vomit! This will pass, so hold on..."He will wipe every tear from their eyes"...and take it one smile at a time.

Enjoy your first Easter with her, Riann and Alex! God IS good!


Deanna and crew

Jordan and Amber said...

Sis, so good to see her Being held by you both! It has finally happened! We are praying that this transition smooths out for you! Hate to go on record as crying, but my eyes are far more that misty.
Big Bro

Anonymous said...

hello loved ones, this is try#2 to blog. i keep going back to my computer to look at the pictures. she is beautiful and she is finally ours. welcome to our family mylinh. you have been loved my many for many months. we,too, are praying that this 1st smile will be the 1st of many. we are confident of it! mom

Anonymous said...

And I thought I had a blog addiction before!!! I checked before bed (12am) and when I first woke up (8am) waiting to see these precious pictures. Now I can't wait to see more! Praying for you all. Love you bunches

Anonymous said...

Dearest Ri, Alex, and our precious Mylinh. This computer just won't quite do what I need it to do. I need to hold my kids in my arms.I need to have you know how much we love you, and I need you to know you are wrapped up in our prayers. We are so excited to have you home but we are also confident that God will take care of you where ever you are at. Love Dad

asian~treasures said...

Oh sweet are now with your forever family & I can't imagine how scary that must be!!

Riann & Alex...those first moments (& sometimes hours) ARE hard to live through. Sounds like, though, there was a break-through & things are looking up a bit.

Hold, kiss, comfort, feed, do what you can as a caregiver first & the bonding as mom/daughter & dad/daughter will happen slowly.

We're praying that MyLinh feels your love & grieves quickly & completely so that she can start to bond & attach to her new family!!

Cherish these first days...they are precious, even when they're hard & draining!

Sheri, David, Micah & Noah-in DaNang

Anonymous said...

Riann and Alex,
I have erased this what feels like 100 times and started again. There aren't words to express our feelings. We love you, we love the 5 of you. We are family and as family we wish we could ease the difficultness of these first few days, but we know we have to leave that up to our heavely father. But know that He is always with you, even at 4:00 a.m.

From the beginning, this was an interesting birth. From the delivery of her paperwork from the UPS man to the extended wait for her in your arms. But with all new moms and dads who don't get much sleep, and in the beginning question the right thing to do. I just want you to know that you are doing the right thing. Loving, holding, and being consistent. God made you to be her parents as much as He made her to be your daughter. There was no accident, no chance. As she grew in her mother's womb he was preparing you, making room in your hearts for MyLinh. We are all knitted together. We are all one family. I love you and I will continue to pray for you guys and for MyLinh. May her tears be less and her smiles be plentiful.
Love, Auntie Melody

Anonymous said...

Happy Easter!
What precious pictures of MyLinh in her mommy and daddy's arms. She looks so sweet. Praying for you all. rh