Monday, June 12, 2006


June 12th 2006

Wow what an awesome emotional day. We went to the Civil affairs office at 10:00 am and
the girls were not there yet and they asked us to sit in the waiting room. After about 15 minutes of waiting the elevator doors opened and out walked Hannah and Abbey Bonk.

Wow!! We recognized her right away and she was so cute and she went right to us. She was laughing and playing and would sit on our laps. She loves her bear so much and would not let it go. When it was time for the nannies to leave Hannah started wailing and the grieving began. She cried and cried. After we filled out a bunch of acceptance document we went back to the hotel and Hannah was very, very quiet. We thought she was hungry and so we gave her some oatmeal. she loved it and started to really come out of her shell. She loves playing with her ball and with bubbles and balloons and Mom she loves all of her birthday presents!!!! She is sweet huggable girl and has a wonderful smile!!!! God is so awesome and for those of you I told that I prayed to God that Hannah would speak English her first words were Hello momma and Hello Papa!!! It just put me in tears!!!!! Right now the 4 girls are having a blast with eachother and we found out Hannah and Abbey were in the same room at the orphanage and they even came dressed in the same clothes.

She is very active and fun and really reminds me of Caleb.

Oh by the way we did walk the Great Wall of China and wow!!! I can't wait to tell you about that walk. It was something else!!!!! However it was a very cool experience.

We are having a small problem with pictures so we are using some of Teresa's pictures and hopefully we can get some of ours on soon.

Love and miss you all!!!

We are having the time of our lives!!!!


Just Another Day In Paradise said...

Congratulations! She's beautiful- I'm so glad things went well. I'm so proud of you for walking the wall!! You're even alive yet to talk about it!!
Thanks for the updates- I check them every morning- it's so nice to be able to check in on you and the cool things you're doing!

Anonymous said...

YEAH!!! I am so happy for you guys!!! Praise be to God!!! I am crying looking at the pics and reading how well it went!!! I can't believe she greeted you in english!! God is SO awesome!!!!Love you guys and miss ya!!!Julie

Anonymous said...

Congratulations, Brenda!!! PTL!
(Rachel's mom/COP group)

Janssen's said...

Praise God! We can't tell you how happy we are for you! I'm so glad your wait is over. The best is yet to come! Have a blast!
Love, Jeff and Michelle

Our Baby Has a Footprint said...

Awesome Brenda, the moment we all been waiting for!


Anonymous said...

congratulations brenda -
cheri told me you were over there so i'm reading up on your blog. isn't china wonderful! i thought the great wall was fun. hope your trip continues to go
well. enjoy the white swan and the food!
terri mulder

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on your beautiful daughter! Sounds like you are all having a great experience. Have fun and we'll see you soon.
Mari Bruins

Kim M. said...

Brenda Congratulations. I'm typing through my tears. Hannah is beautiful. Enjoy your special time together!!!!

Dawn said...

She is so beautiful! I am so glad that things are going so well! May God continue to bless you on the remainder of your trip!
Love, the Speese's

Tammy said...

Congratulations!! We are so happy for you guys. What an answer to prayer!! She is beautiful and she is so blessed to join such a wonderful family. I'm glad things went so well and that God answered all of our prayers that Hannah would be prepared to meet you. That's so amazing that she even called you "Momma" and "Papa"!! How cool is that?!! We can't wait to see you all again and meet Hannah. Enjoy the rest of your trip and we'll continue to pray for your safety!!
Love, Chad and Tammy

Anonymous said...


Congratulations !!! Hannah is so cute and I am so relieved to hear how well the transition went. We just received confirmation on our LID so hopefully we are not far behind you, China sounds awesome!!

Enjoy your time with her. She finally has a mama and a papa


Sharon Tiemann