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Thursday, April 28, 2011

The verdict is in!!!!

It's a GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!

To be honest...we knew this little one was "our child" from nearly the moment we met her:)  In fact, we started the paperwork the following day.

So many of you are already connected to "Bo Peep" because you have been praying faithfully for her.  She is loved by many and is spiritually connected to you!  We are excited, nervous, and even a little scared, but mostly ECSTATIC!!!  Today is the "one week" mark and today was the BEST DAY EVER!!!!!!!

We have discovered her FAVORITE activity is the slide.  She climbs the stairs (with her favorite toy in hand) and slides down to Daddy.  Daddy throws her in the air and she laughs and laughs!!Then she RUNS back to the stairs for more...nearly 30 minutes!  She must be sleeping soundly tonight:):)
Here are some highlights of our week anniversary together:

* "Bo Peep" created her own game with a car she built with Legos
* She clapped!!
* She signed "more" and "thank you"
* She gives high fives with a solid slap!
* SHE began the game of "chase me around and catch me" (it was so, so fun...it was like we were in a movie, all rolling around in the dirt and grass and laughing 'til we couldn't breath!  Priceless moments and loving every minute of it;) 
* She initiated hugs with Mommy and Daddy
* "Bo Peep" saw Mommy and Daddy in pictures then pointed to us
* The BEST part...she spoke!!!  She "spoke" about 10 times and called me Mama twice!!!:)  YES! YES! YES!   

PRAISE GOD...I've been praying all week for moments such as these!  I am praying that she would recognize us and be excited to be with us.  I am praying for her to initiate and interact with us.  I am praying for verbal communication.  I am praying for her health and continuted progress.  I am praying for a QUICK court date with the "good" judge.  Tomorrow we should know...

I can't believe how this story is unfolding...awesome!
Beautiful smile!!!

First day with Daddy!

I just look at her and laugh!  She cracks me up!!!

Our "lil monkey" loves bananas!!!

The sun keeps getting in her eyes...we are looking for baby sunglasses but don't want to pay $15 for baby sunglasses...I hope that doesn't make me a bad mom already:)

Best picture yet...Daddy in one hand, monkey tail in the other:) 

Playing in the sand!  She is starting to play the "drums" with her sand tools and making "rattles" with rocks!

Our little woman:)  So tiny!
 We hope to post some videos tomorrow but do not have time tonight!  Yeah!!!


  1. Lump in my throat and tears in my eyes!! IT'S A GIRL! Wonderful news! Beautiful pictures!

    1 Samuel 1:27 I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him.

    What a precious little girl God blessed you with!! Just adore her!!

    Amy McDonald

  2. Oh, I am so happy for you!!! Yeah! Can't wait to meet her in person!

  3. I am crying buckets! :) She looks like a Bottorff to me!

    Can't wait for her name reveal!

    Continuing to pray~

  4. HALLELUJAH! We are soooo excited for you guys! Praying it won't be long now! I'm sure you can't wait to get her home! Hugs from Kansas!

  5. I am thrilled for all three of you! I know you guys have waited a long time and she definitely looks like an answer to many prayers. You will make fantastic parents! Praise the Lord!!!

  6. You have know idea how hard it was for me not to tell everyone your special news. . . I was checking your blog every 5-10 minutes. Now I can officially say I have another precious little niece !!!!! I hope the court date is soon so that you can start your new family in your own home. Talk to you soon !!
    **I have some cute sunglasses waiting for her, I think she'll love them !! Tell little miss that her cousins cant wait to meet her :-)

  7. We are so excited! She is absolutely beautiful. We are praying for the THREE of you and can't wait to meet her. She is precious.

  8. The pictures made me cry. She's so gorgeous and I can see that she fits with you so well. What a blessing. We will pray for the process to go smoothly (and quickly) and for her transition.
    Yaay, GIRL stuff!

  9. She is beautiful. I knew you would know when you met "your" child. It is hard to explain, but now you know what I was talking about. I am so excited for you.
    Praying for a smooth and speedy process.
    Patiently awaiting more photos. ;-)

  10. And... no, I wouldn't pay $15 for baby sunglasses. That does not make you a bad mama. Especially after your child breaks every pair you buy. We go for the $1 ones at Target now.

  11. My heart is overflowing with joy for the 3 of you! What a huge blessing! You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Much love to all of you!

  12. Alicia and Todd,

    She is BEAUTIFUL, so sweet and full of life!!We are ECSTATIC for you guys and hope all goes well with the judge! We can't wait to meet her!