"You didn't give me these arms, but you gave them a family to hold.
You didn't give me my body but you've truly shaped my soul. Your love has given me wings and how my spirit soars. Knowing that I always will be yours. Forever and for always I am yours."

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Jaeya and Meisyn are officially Ellisons!!

 Started out with breakfast ON TIME which was no small feat as Ms Delicate and Ms Elestagirl are quite a challenge to dress.

Yep, picture ala Meisyn our budding photographer.  This pretty much illustrates what has happened to our girls lives in the past 48 hours.
 Jaeya signs her name and dates the paper confirming that she continues to wish to be adopted.  She wrote in her best handwriting with a nervous smile on her face.

 Taking the legal oath of adoption.  I was told that the adoption was now considered full and final and that it would now be very difficult to "get rid of you daughters".  They got that right!

At the moment that Meisyn was told she was forever an Ellison!  That is a very fine sign.  We love you Meisyn!

We found the holy grail of fingernail polish in the form of a street vendor selling bottles for 2 Chinese dollars each which works out to be less than 50 cents.  We are going to work on COLORS as we found every color I know and then some.

Meisyn ADORES Barbie and yes, we passed a store that had one in the window.  I thought she would hop right out of the stroller.  Perhaps Barbie will be the carrot at the end of the learn to stand and walk stick.  Darlene, do you see the phone in her hand?  She is completely smitten and the only time it was out of her sight was when Jaeya hid it because she was so annoyed with the beeping, LOL!  The rest of us were thinking the same but still too nice to be impatient.  Darlene sent us a gift bag with so many fun things and the phone is deeply cherished.  Thank you Darlene, Lulu and Meklit!

 Stickers are yet another obession. First we awoke to Meisyn having put them all over the wall!  I rummaged through the hotel desk drawer and found a bag.  The Disney princesses are now in their more appropriate home.

Watch out Facebook.  Meisyn has figured out the self portriate pose.  Her first one as Meisyn Lirou Ellison.  She is quite stunning in her sparkly makeup.  That cost us one dollar from the cart lady but brought us invaluable fun already.

We are off for dinner and more exploring.  More from the shores of the West Lake in Hangzhou city later.


  1. BEAUTIFUL GIRLS!! :):) I think you all should paint each nail a different color. That way, you have portable color learning. :)

  2. Beautiful! Congratulations to your family! What a blessing.

  3. Ha! I thought that phone might be annoying, but Meklit (who picked out all the things for Meisyn) looked at me like I was nuts. "It's a PHONE" she said. "She's 6. I'm 6." I'm glad she won the battle for Meisyn's sake (and my apologies to all the other Ellison gals). These two may be kindred souls - she sounds a LOT like Meklit. A LOT. Hang onto your hat, get some vitamins, a case of hair dye, and prepare for a wild ride! Oh and Jaeya sitting on the edge of the bed with that tiny, twisted, fragile body, and that giant smile... She may be brittle, but she's resilient for sure. You're a lucky mama. :)

  4. The girls already look so comfortable with their new family. Congratulations!!! Keep up all the hard work, one day at a time :)

  5. You are my hero. I am overwhelmed in every way by your faith and sheer determination to make it work. Oh, these beautiful girls--I am just so happy for all of you.