Greetings from the land of the perfect macchiato. We are here, and we are happy, and we are a little bit tired. What has been happening is so big that I don't have words to say it right. I keep typing it over and over again, and it doesn't come out the way I want it to. Jet lag is getting the best of me, I think. So I will just tell you in snippets.
Elvie is pure loveliness, but too pale and small. She reminds me of a baby bird, all big eyes and skinny limbs. At four and a half months old, newborn shirts are still big on her. The official plan is to wait two weeks after we get home to take her out of the house and start medical appointments, but now I don't know. Failure to thrive isn't something we want to mess around with.
Elvie's family was waiting to meet us yesterday when we arrived, and we love them. People try to boil down the adoption and family preservation issue to make it more manageable (and sometimes to point fingers), but what I can say after meeting Elvie's family is that sometimes it 's just a lot more complicated than we want it to be. Care for Elvie simply does not exist here in Ethiopia, and her family knows it. All of us who live in the developed world should take a moment right now and recognize how good we have it. No matter what the issues our children may face, there are resources available to us. In so much of the world, this is just not the case.
We will go to court tomorrow to say yes to being Elvie's family in front of a judge. We've done it before, so we are not nervous. I'm just anxious to have the adoption decree in our hands so that we can take custody of our fragile baby bird and start trying to put weight on her. Of course we want to love on her and be with her, but if you'd seen her skinny little arms, you would be thinking first and foremost of the weight issue, too. We want to see her well and happy. We have a lot of work to do.
Photos will come once we are legally her family. I know you are all anxious to see her. Give us a few days. We will not disappoint you.