Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Our Circle Is Now Complete

We are now legally a family. Yesterday, while the best day of our lives, was also one filled with every emotion that a human being can experience in 24 hours. Our arrival and the CWC around 7:30am, Sophie was there with her foster mother and father. This was very emotional for us all and Sophie was greiving for about 1 hour until we finally were able to give her a water bottle and things began to get better. We had our Giving and Receiving ceremony at 9am. During the sigining of the papers with DOJ Sophie christened, Tricia by peeing on her :-).
We had a wonderful lunch with Mr. Binh (in the below picture making a peace sign) and then off to the airport. Sophie's first plane ride was ok, she cried aout 75% od the way, but it was more of a sad cry and we knew she was hurting inside. We landed in Ha Noi and got a taxi with Rich, Jackie and sweet Mya and arrived at Somerset Westlake around 6:30pm with both girls racked out in Ergos with their fathers. We fed her a bottle and read a few books and she went to sleep around 9. Wow, what a totally awesome day. We cried tears of happiness, sorrow, fear all in one day with our daughter. Sorry for the late post but we had a little issue with the internet last night. Today we head to apply for her passport. More later on in the day. But we are proud to introduce our daughter Sophie Lee-Nguyen Belz.

In the Giving & Receiving ceremony. Tricia just got tinkled on :-)

From left to right: Sophie's foster father, OUR GIRL, Tricia, Sophie's foster mom, HB and Mr. Binh.

Content and sleeping with Pop and the CWC.

My first plane ride........

Reading a book with Mommy having a bottle.

Yes, Jackie and Tricia had to see how many outfits their girls could wear in one day.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

God is good. I can not express how happy I am for you all and I can't wait to meet YOUR daughter in person. All our love from way off in NJ...

oxoxo
Aunt Diehnee

Anonymous said...

Congrats to all three of you guys!!! Can't wait to meet you little bundle of joy!!
Mike O

Anonymous said...

Tears fill our eyes as we look at our beautiful granddaughter. Shes so precious and the three of you together is just too much for words. What a blessing she will be and we are so excited she is taking to both of you. Glad to hear she is sleeping well. Sophie we love you and you will be so happy with the parents God chose for you. They will be the best. Love all of you so much. Hugs and kisses to all of you!!!!

Love you
Grandma and Granddad

Valorie Leonard said...

We are rejoicing with you! What a blessing to have your little Sophie. Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Looks like the 3 of you have been at this for quite awhile :) Our precious Sophie has her parents at last!!! You both are natural parents and God has placed in our loving arms a baby that was waiting for YOU both all this time. God sure does work in mysterious ways.

I am overcome with too many emotions as well.

Anonymous said...

It's me again.....forgot to put in the above.

XXXOOO

Anonymous said...

What beautiful pictures! I am sitting at my desk with Julie bawling like a baby! We love you and are so happy for you and Hank!
-Sarah

Anonymous said...

It is awesome to see Sophie in both of your arms, Tears as I look at pictures. Stay safe. Love Aunt Tam

Anonymous said...

"Tis the season" and u finally have your dream, miracle, and baby daughter in your arms...God is good...and he blesses those who will just ask...this is so wonderful for all of us...we are all just thrilled and so happy for u here in Tonkawa. Take care
and Love you...Aunt Sue

Libby said...

You are a FOREVER FAMILY! We are SO HAPPY for you three! Congratulations!!! I wish I could hug you through the internet! I am crying tears of joy for you guys!

XOXOXO

Aunt Libby, Uncle Tim, Jack & Mason

Anonymous said...

Oh my God she is so sweet!!! I don't even know what to say...your patience has FINALLY payed off! Spicy and I are sitting here looking at your pictures and she perked up when I played the video and she could hear your voices! Hurry home! Olivia can't wait to meet her new BFF! -Ann

Anonymous said...

Hi Guys!

Love, love, love the video. Sophie "chews" her food like your youngest sister ( Libby) did, Hen. Absolutely precious baby...those eyes are incredible.

XXXOOO

Heather Verweyst said...

chills!!!!!!

Scott said...

Seeing you all together puts a huge smile on my face!

Max & Anne-Marie said...

Wow! How truly awesome to see you all together finally as a family. What a long journey this has been, yet so worth the reward! Praise God! I completely understand the mixed emotions you're going through....excitement to finally have your girl, yet apprehension about taking her away from those she knows, and also the gratefulness to those who cared for her until you could come. It is so hard to watch your child grieve, but know that our Heavenly Father has all three of you in the palm of His hand! It will all improve every day. My prayers are with you!

Anne-Marie

Jess and Joe said...

Congratulations! Sophie is such a beautiful girl, and you have a beautiful family. We're very happy for you.

Alex and Riann said...

We have been lurking along for some time now, so excited for you guys. In fact, I woke this morning and told Alex, "The Belzs get Sophie today!" It feels like yesterday we were in your same shoes, and I remember the pain and the joy and the fear of that first day so keenly I feel the tears coming even now. I remember someone telling me, "If she grieves that much, she will love fiercely." And she does love fiercely. May God grant you all strength and peace and sleep and health as you each give your hearts away and learn to trust. Bless you.

Benjamin & Van Nguyen said...

Congrats! I am so happy that you have a complete family. Sophie is such a sweetie!

Cathy Keller said...

Congratulations...she is BEAUTIFUL! I love the pic on the bed where you're reading to her and the video too...she looks so sweet. We cannot wait to meet the three of you in person! Cathy

Anonymous said...

Congrats!! What a great day, you deserve it. We are so happy to see your new family come together. What a beautiful little girl!!
-Jonathan and Kim

Stevens Family said...

Congratulations!!! Yes, day one is so, so hard with every emotion under the sun. Your darling girl is finally in your arms! I'm so happy for you three :)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful day! We couldn't be happier for you.

Gary & April

Thomas and Cathy said...

What an incredible day! We are beyond happy for you guys! Keep the updates coming when you have time! T, C, and E

Anonymous said...

She is an angel!!! And she is going to make you so happy. We love yall...Sophie,Sophie's Momma and Sophie's Pop.
Belle and Bear

Carol said...

What a wonderful day! We are rejoicing with you!