Aventura en Colombia: Sunday Update
Things have slowed down somewhat in Colombia and so the updates will probably be less frequent as well.
Marcela is doing so well bonding with our family! She bounces everywhere she goes and is always smiling and happy. She loves her new brothers and sister. Since Garrett is not able to be with us because of his job, we FaceTime him everyday and they get to see each other and talk. Marcela can’t wait to meet him in person later this summer.
Day 3 with Marcela saw our first tears – which was to be expected. There are a few times during the day that you can tell she is thinking about things, probably her foster mother and friends, etc. A couple of days ago she finally hit a wall and had a mini-emotional meltdown. But Julie was great – she just held her and we told her it was okay to be sad and that it was okay to cry. After sometime, she worked her way through it and was back to “smiling-happy” Marcela. I expect we will have more of these episodes and it just shows us she is a normal little girl going through BIG changes in her life. Honestly, we are surprised she is doing so well.
She is already picking up on some English words and phrases and seems eager to learn. She LOVES the iPod Touch we brought for her and can’t understand why it dies and needs to be recharged. She loves puzzles, baby dolls, and she is REALLY good at soccer / futból. She absolutely goes crazy when you take her to the pool and never wants to leave! We also discovered that she likes pizza! This is a must if you are going to be a Crawford – haha. We found a Domino’s Pizza the other night and treated ourselves, and Marcela dove in right alongside us all.
Today is Sunday and we all gathered around the computer in our room to watch the Cross Church worship service and introduce Marcela to her new church family. She LOVED the music and was excited when we told her our worship pastor, Julio Arriola, was from Mexico and spoke Spanish and that he has kids who can speak Spanish as well.
On a very personal note I just love it when she calls me Papá. She actually began doing this the moment we got her and hasn’t stopped. “Mamá y Papá,” the two greatest words these adoptive parents can hear!
Please keep praying for us because there is still much to do. On Tuesday we return to the ICBF office in Medellin for our bonding meeting and then on Wednesday our attorney is driving to Marcela’s hometown to file her adoption case in the local court. We will not be able to bring her home until the judge signs the adoption decree and this can take 3-4 weeks. The judge can certainly sign it sooner if he wants to so when people ask, “How can we pray?”, the NUMBER ONE prayer need is for the judge to sign the paperwork and this clock starts ticking on Wednesday.
On a side note (but very important), many of you know that my mother has been in the hospital very ill for over a month. I was hopeful that she would heal and be able to go home before we left for Colombia but that did not happen. Since we have been here, she has declined further. This, of course, is very hard so we would all very much appreciate your prayers for my mother, Becky Crawford. She is so looking forward to seeing her new granddaughter!
Blessings to all and thank you for following us on this Colombian Adventure!