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Sunday, December 24, 2006

Christmas Eve in Hanoi

I hope everyone wakes this morning to have a wonderful Christmas Eve. Today is the day I was supposed to arrive home, but finally I am ok with all of that.

Here are some good things about my extened stay:
  1. We had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner at AlFresco's with Pumpkin Soup, Turkey, Veal, Ham, Potatoes, Squash, Beans, Cake and Ice Cream along with Mulled Cider. It was delicious and we were with good company. Our friends the P's and the L's were there and there was a child for all the adults around the table.
  2. We then headed over to the very posh Hilton for some Christmas cheer where we met another adoptive family in our agency. There was a blind children's choir singing beautiful carols, a string quartet, and Santa! Then there were the people, all walks of life and different countries. I couldn't believe how wonderful people were to each other and how everyone awed over our babies.
  3. I realized today and tonight how wonderful this extra time is alone with my babies. When I get home, not only will I have them, but also my husband and the older two as well as the house and other obligations. This is such a wonderful chance to grow a strong bond with them. I can not wait for Brian to get here and be able to share that bonding time some. I am hoping that when we get home the girls will still feel strongly attached and I won't have to limit interaction with others so much.

Can you believe I've been their mommy for almost 2 weeks now. Time is flying! I just hope the remainder of my time here includes a fine balance of time that flies and treasured moments.

Check photos as I plan on updating tonight! (I took video of the children's choir, but turned the camera to get a tall shot with the tree for it. Silly me, I can't rotate it upright, sorry, no new video!)


At 12/24/2006 11:54 AM , Blogger Susan said...

I've been enjoying reading about your time in Vietnam. It's great to hear that, although timing didn't work out as you wished, you're finding ways to make the days spent in your daughters' homeland very special and meaningful. I hope I'm able to do the same when I'm there. Your babies are simply beautiful and I know you must be proud to be their mom.

Merry Christmas!

At 12/24/2006 1:22 PM , Anonymous LaurieW said...

Merry Christmas Jenn!

Praying for you to be here before 2007, but if not your attitude and acceptance of his plan is inspiring. bond away.

At 12/24/2006 2:14 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your so blessed to have this special alone time with your babies. Even though you woulld love to be with your other children, maybe this is the reason for the delay. God was giving you time to bond with these two precious angels.

God bless and Merry Christmas,


At 12/24/2006 2:21 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

That sounds like a wonderful Christmas eve. i love the new pictures. I really don't think your little girls could possibly get any sweeter!!! Merry Christmas from Ohio! (basically everything is brown, no snow)

At 12/24/2006 5:22 PM , Anonymous molly said...

You have a wonderful attitude, Jenn. It's been a difficult road for you, but there really are treasures in the midst. One thing that always huts me hard when we return home is that I now have to prepare meals! Somehow I always take for granted the prepared meals and no clean-up when I'm in VN. So you are smart to make note of that and appreciate it now. Life will be busier once you are home.

This is a VERY special time you have right now with your twins. It will be even more special once Brian can join you and the 4 of you can have a little bonding time w/o the distractions of home life. You will treasure it even more when you look back.

I love the new pictures. Your twins are just the most beautiful girls!

At 12/26/2006 10:33 PM , Blogger Nicki said...

Jenn - your attitude is shining through. Because really what else can ya do? You can't fix it so you may as well enjoy it for what it is and you are totally right. Nothing will be the same once you get home! Merry Christmas!


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