The past few days have been wonderful, incredible and emotional! We got the call on Friday and had just a couple of hours to call and email our friends and family, then it was off to the rehearsal dinner for our niece Erica and fiance Robb. We were reeling from the news that we were FINALLY parents, and to TWO babies! I really don't think there are any words that can adequately describe what that moment was like when they told us there were two. We saw their faces and we loved and recognized them INSTANTLY. We are still trying to get our minds around it and we look at each other every know and then and just say "Twins!" The blessing of these two precious girls is more than we hoped for and definitely more than we expected. As usual, God has greater and more amazing plans for our lives than we could possibly imagine! Many of you have emailed or left comments asking if we knew we were getting twins, or if we requested them. We did request twins. It was on our home study and we talked with our wonderful agency about it, but I don't think we ever really expected it to happen!
We had family obligations all weekend, including the beautiful wedding and reception for our niece. We attended church on Sunday, where we got to share the news and celebrate our joy with more family and friends who have been praying for us for these past 2 1/2 years. We know it is in large part their love and prayers that have caused us to be so richly blessed!
We received more good news yesterday that our girls are in foster care and have been since they were a month old. This is wonderful since we know they have been getting individual attention and lots of affection from their foster mom. This will help tremendously with attachment and bonding. The report said they have very different personalities. Xin Ling (LilyKate) is more quiet and Xin Long (Eleanor) is more active. They like to watch TV and love music! They love being outside and are not shy with strangers. They like to be held and teased. With every word we just fell more in love and can't wait to meet them. We sent our acceptance letters back and should hear later this week regarding travel dates. We think we will travel around the second week of June - it can't come soon enough for us!