Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Mercy cried out through the night, and she woke this morning as if we had never met. We took the day slowly, starting with an introduction to her big brothers and sister via the internet. She didn’t muster a smile, but the excitement of my littles at home brought mama to happy tears. We breakfasted at our hotel (eggs, toast and tea) before walking our block. Beautiful sunshine and a fresh breeze made trekking the crowded streets refreshing. Folks tended charcoal braziers on the sidewalks and small storefronts overflowed with shoes and cameras and t-shirts (our favorite was the one that read New York, New York, emblazoned with a Union Jack flag).
We began to glimpse her sparkle before naptime though when she smiled over her rice and chuckled at a tickle (reluctantly, but still a chuckle!) She was keeping Alex at arm’s length until our afternoon excursion to the Xinjiang International Bazaar when he strapped on the Ergo.  
She settled in pretty quickly and for nearly three hours, held close by her daddy, she took in the sights of that massive marketplace…jade in every hue of green, richly colored silk and wool scarves, ornately crafted knives and an amazing array of local dried fruits and nuts and traditional medicine. Mercy turned heads as well, women touching her, asking questions, men staring openly at our little family. As we returned to our waiting car on foot, one woman reached for her...and Mercy turned…and reached for me.


 

The “juice box”-- her preferred way of drinking milk.
Although she is still a bit wary of Alex, they have been reading books together tonight, and she is mimicking his words and chattering away. We will tuck in shortly, and although I expect tears, I will go to sleep tonight with the gift she gave me today – she called me “mama.”

11 comments:

Colleen said...

LOVE LOVE reading/seeing this post. You are so good to us back home. Thank you Riann and Alex for giving us a peek at your sweet girl. She is SO blessed to get you guys as her parents.

MD said...

Awesome threads(:(: Thankful for this, another glimpse(:

Auntie Erika said...

We loved seeing all the sweet photos again this morning. My boys couldn't wait to see each one appear on the page!

mama said...

love.

Anonymous said...

Oh Riann! I cried happy tears for you guys!!! Mama already! AND reaching for YOU!! That melts my heart into a happy lump of chocolate!! Come home now!
Love you,
Deanna

Cheryl Butcher said...

How beautiful. How old is she? Love following this blog.

Christie said...

She is just beautiful, so thankful you finally have her in
your arms!! Praying for you all in this special time together!! All excited here for your family :))

Anonymous said...

So excited to hear about your story and see how your days play out. What an amazing adventure that God has sent you on. Love seeing Mercy. Glad that she has warmed up to you. Love Jammie

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much on including us on your journey. Your photos are such a gift. We were looking back on your blog to 5 years ago when you met My. Familiar, yet different.
While I know this part of the transition although necessary is painful. I can see through your photos Mercy's face softening as well as her heart. What a gift to be called mama. Continued prayers....
Love and prayers,
April

Rob and Christel said...

Beautiful! So happy for you guys! Enjoying following along with you.

Jeff Sandberg said...

Thanks for the update! Mercy is so beautiful.
-Crystal