Jenny is finally here and not the quiet sensible girl that we imagined! She is witty and clever, however, and already starting to try to use English! She says, “let’s go,” “thank you,” all on her own initiative. Our guide laughs at her constantly as she makes quips and says funny things continuously. She doesn’t like to shop much, but we went to a very expensive store (ouch) and got her 3 sweaters and a pair of shoes today. She was dressed for Alaskan weather (appropriately) in many layers today. She asked us, “aren’t we afraid of the cold?” It was funny.
The director, teacher, and civil affairs officer were all very kind people – obviously having the children’s welfare at heart. The director asked me to send pictures to him as I had time – he was very nice. Her teacher was also very sweet. We are very fortunate that Jenny was cared for by such dedicated and caring people.
She is very petite – just a small framed girl – and looks very tiny next to Rachel. She is very aggressive about making her needs known – and LOVES to use the communication book that a friend made. She carries it around and points to “shower” and “hungry” etc – she loves that book! Another child might be too shy to use it, but Jenny has definite opinions and a schedule to keep to, lol!
We were able to Skype Perry and he was so excited to see her. J Poor Katie got woken up because Jenny insisted on meeting her “Mei-Mei.” She’s quite assertive. (this is an understatement) She appears to be obedient, however, as she asks for what she wants. The shower water in her face seemed to bother her, oddly enough, as she was very excited to take a shower. (she seemed afraid to have it in her face)
Rachel and she are busy playing iPad apps and having a great time. She’s purposefully looking for English words on the flashcards – and really likes Math Bingo. The girls wanted to stay in and eat noodle bowls tonight (they smell pretty good) but I ordered myself a pizza. I’m very tired – and I think she’s going to crash as well. We’ll put on a movie and all of us watch it till we fall asleep.
To sum it all up, we’re praising God for such a beautiful soul that has become our daughter. I expect that our great communicator will have a hard time soon with her inability to express herself – but for now she’s doing great and has amazing courage and optimism! Thank you Lord and all who have prayed on our behalf. Sending love from the other side of the world!