Monday, June 19, 2017

Bringing Home Britt-Part 4

EEK!!!  TODAY IS THE DAY WE MET OUR GIRL!

Originally our meeting to get the girls was scheduled for the morning, but when we arrived in Kunming our guide told us (the night before) the time had been changed to that afternoon.  WAAAHH!  I mean let's talk about that.  We got up in the morning and just did our best to kill some time!  Kunming is a much smaller city (and by small I mean just six or seven million people-ha!). 

Just killing time waiting to meet Britt!  We woke up early and headed to the Starbucks, which was just a quick walk from our hotel.


These three were pumped!

This guy knew he was just buying time as the baby of the family getting to ride in the stroller.   Our guide met us in the morning to give us a little tour of things that were close to our hotel.


Our guide wanted us to see some good restaurants near by and on our walk over we popped into this local market.  You guys I'd say five days a week I could easily be vegetarian (I'd probably crave meat the other two) so walking around this market was CRAZY to me!  The butchers were saving every piece they possibly could.  And I mean every.  single.  piece.


Bowen's face sums it up.

This sweet girl's parents were dying to get her picture with Bowen.  He didn't seem to mind.  Look at his arm!


We walked right by a kindergarten.  There were big gates with windows and I was the creepy American taking a picture.  I thought it was so cool to see.  Our playgrounds are very similar.


I don't remember the name of this park but it was BIG and gorgeous!  If you're in Kunming, CHECK IT OUT!

This gentleman was watching our crew take pictures, took a few pictures of us Americans, and then asked for his picture with Tab.  Tab asked him to flex his muscles and he thought it was hilarious.



One area of the park had men playing this game...looked a little bit like checkers.  These guys NEVER looked up...even with our crazy crew surrounding them.

Remember me mentioning how Tab likes to immerse himself in the culture?  Here he is taking his shoes off enjoying this massage rock area.

The park had a large koi pond inside.  Definitely a highlight for my kiddos.




This guy decided to dump his entire cup of food at one time.  Not the BEST decision.


Someone's still upset they "fed" the fish so quickly.  Can you guess who?

What a journey!  So thankful to have this guy by my side.

We had a bit of down time in our hotel before our guide and driver met us to GET OUR GIRLS!  My stomach was a ball of nerves.  I had no idea how this guy fell asleep.  haha!


We met the girls in the Civil Affairs office.  When we arrived there was a family there getting their daughter.  (I want to add that I thought I would be sobbing at this point.  haha!  Just thinking about the day that's what I imagined myself doing.  The family that was getting their little girl was saying goodbye and I heard the little girl's foster mom say she had to leave because she was about to burst into tears.  My heart ripped open for this foster mom who had loved this little girl with everything she had for the last year and was now saying goodbye forever.  I snuck off in the corner and had my moment.)  Our girls hadn't arrived just yet so we anxiously awaited their arrival.  Remember how I mentioned the W family (we were traveling with) was amazing?  We're all nervous, anxious, and excited and we circled up and prayed with this family.  Such a sweet time.


We were all looking out the window, which happened to be the wrong window, while our girls walked in!  A lady was carrying Britt and I'll never forget Nixon shouted, "Britt!".  And there she was.  I walked over and took her in my arms.  She was a little unsure but not really crying.

Oh my heart.  Just seeing these pictures makes me realize how far we've come in a month.


Can you spot the proud big siblings?


She went to Tab easily and then did not want a thing to do with me.  You guys...it broke my heart.  I wasn't sure if I should just let him hold her the entire time to make her feel as good as possible or force it a bit to let her know I'm your mama. 




We snapped a few pictures with the civil affairs' worker and the orphanage director before we left the office.


We grabbed some dinner, all got clean, put on matching pajamas, and played before going to bed.


At this point she was still a little unsure about all of us.


She started warming up a bit playing with the kids on the bed.


She even flashed us a couple smiles.

Best Big Sister Award goes to Ebby Lee.  She was so sweet with her.

May 15th is a day I'll forever remember.  It couldn't have been more bittersweet.  Our family was so excited to welcome Britt into our family, but at the same time this sweet baby was giving up everyone and everything she'd ever known.  Not only her but the orphanage workers who had cared for her for the last eighteen months were saying forever goodbyes.  It was just a tough day.  


On Tuesday our plan was to sign the paperwork at the Civil Affair's office, drive three hours to check out the girl's orphange, and while we were there we needed to apply for their passports.  But the day before the orphanage told us they had applied for the passports for us.  We decided since our group had a lot of kiddos and we would have been in the car for over six hours we'd skip the orphanage visit.  One day I might regret that but in the moment the thought of taking Britt in a car for six hours just didn't sound right.


When we went back I toted Britt around in the carrier. She fell asleep and slept the entire time we were signing paperwork.  This was one of the orphanage workers who had cared for Britt while she was there.  She was really sweet and so sad to see the girls go.  My heart ached for her.


Our guide took us to Wal-Mart and I was the crazy lady taking all the pictures because I wanted to show you what Wal-Mart looks like in China.  :)

For the most part, it looked really similar.  The only major difference was when you purchased something in the health/baby section you had to pay there before moving on to another section of the store.  I'm not sure if that's how all Wal-Marts are in China or just this particular one.




We walked around doing a little sightseeing of our own.

At this point she was okay with me or Tab.  I think the night time snuggling we got helped her open up to me.  haha!


Britt was (is...we're still seeing her little personality come out) super shy.  She would be super stoic when we were out during the day in a big group but once we got back to our hotel room with just us six she'd be a little more playful.


There was one western restaurant, Salvador's, a quick walk from our hotel and we hit that place up!  We introduced Britt to pasta on this first night...big hit!


Can you tell?


We brought lots of Puffs, which she was also a huge fan of.


Our crew during dinner...poor Britt is looking squished.


On the walk home Tab was holding her and Nix kept jumping up.  She was laughing out loud.


We covered a lot of emotional ground in the first twenty-four hours.  This sweet girl had a lot of change happening, but we did our best to love on her as much as we possibly could.

To see other parts of our trip, 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow for Tuesday Talk!

38 comments:

Lindsay F. said...

And now I am the sobbing mess!! What a beautiful, well documented story that will be perfect to share with Britt some day. I can't blame you for not making the 6 hour trek. That was your mommy-gut leading ya there! Seeing the orphanage and all of the emotion there would have been even harder in my mind. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Britt posts and new photos make my day! She is truly a gift from God!

Mix and Match Mama said...

I have been waiting a month for this post! I teared up reading through it, Erika. Oh my goodness! What a blessing adoption is to everyone involved. I am just still so amazed by your sweet family and that precious girl. The Shulls love her so very much!!

Mallory said...

What a beautiful post! Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us. Will you tell us how you chose her name in one of the upcoming posts?

Narci Dreffs said...

Oh my goodness, this was just amazing!! What a great post and precious girl! Britt, we are so happy that you are here, sweet girl! Love you, Slaughter SIX!

beaner said...

Such an amazing post, I teared up throughout the whole thing. Britt and you guys are so lucky to have found each other. You have a wonderful family!

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Well. I cried. Several times. Beautifully written post. Love you and Miss Britt!

Meagan @ The Clanahan Fam said...

Favorite post by you ever!!! In tears. So happy for you all.

Alicia Marie said...

I love Gotcha Day stories! So bittersweet. So redemptive. So beautiful. I teared up during most of this post. I imagine that I will be a sobbing mess when it is our turn in August! I can't wait to hear about the rest of the trip!

brookerichardson said...

This was so so sweet! I can't believe it's been 1 month either. Britt is absolutely precious too!

JillianLee said...

The first picture of you holding her when you got her, you can see the all the love and emotion in your eyes. Its the same look you see on moms when they hold their new baby after it has been born :)
I know I probably missed this somewhere, but how old is Britt? She is just adorable!

Stacy DeAnda said...

Such a great post!! This is beautiful post -- I don't even know you but I can tell by your pictures and your words that this little girl's prayers were answered by your family as yours were answered by her!! I have to say I love how everyone wanted pictures with your kids because of their blonde hair-- reminds me of a trip I took into Mexico and the children wanted to keep touching my blonde hair because it was so different to see!!

Cheryl said...

Beautifully written. Authentic, truthful, honest. A moving read.

Kathy Olson said...

Wow, what a story!! I felt like I was experiencing it with you! I just loved it all!

Lily said...

Erika, your words and honest here are beautiful. It is clear that your whole family loved Britt immediately! I appreciate you sharing a tough moment, of not knowing what would be best for her.

Angela Ellingson said...

This just warms my heart! Britt is just precious!! And your family looks so happy! Congrats on your baby girl!

Whitney Pegram said...

Oh my heart!! 😍 God is so so good!!

daniellem02 said...

It's so wonderful that Britt will have this all so carefully documented! What a difference between her expressions the first day and now!

Julie Bradford said...

sooo precious!!!! I just love how the kids look at her... she will be so loved and protected!

Marla Slaughter said...

Just now trying to gather myself. Crying is good for the soul they say! I'm counting down the days when I get to hold our precious Britt. And I'm so so proud of the Slaughter kids! They have been the epitome of what family truly means. Love and hugs! M

Amanda @ That Inspired Chick said...

I just love your heart, friend! Can't wait to see Miss Britt again!

That Inspired Chick

I Shal C said...

Yay awww loved this post. Thank you for sharing. God bless you all. A little BRITT of everything!

Michelle said...

Love this post so much. Thank you for sharing. I can tell in each picture how happy you are to have your girl. Britt is absolutely precious.

Slightly Askew Designs said...

Best. Post. Ever. Beyond happy for your family!!

Erin Ressler said...

Oh, Erika!!!!! Congratulations!!!!

MJ said...

I was in tears reading this post -- so happy for your family and could feel all of the love. What an amazing journey and what a blessing your beautiful daughter is. God is sooo good.

Yolanda McLean said...

And I'm crying! Oh this story is so sweet and I have enjoyed the way you've told it. What a blessing for all of you and I so appreciate that you acknowledge that with the joy there is some definite heartbreak - but the ending, it's so happy.

Lisa @ Pork Chop and Possum said...

What a beautiful journey!! Sending you lots of love!

Lindsay at Lindsay'sSweetWorld said...

Love this so much, Erika!! What a blessing your family is going to be to sweet Britt. And what a blessing she is going to be to your sweet family. Adoption is amazing!

April Parrish said...

Thanks for sharing this beautiful journey!! Britt is precious and blessed to have all of you! Continued prayers for everyone!

Kathy Lang said...

Oh the tears were flowing again while reading this post. Britt is a beautiful addition to your family! I appreciate you sharing some of the highs and lows of your adoption journey. Love all the photos of the Slaughter family of six!

eunice said...

Yep, tears here too. So so precious! Thankful that God guided your hearts to adopt little Britt!

Perfectly Port said...

Oh my goodness tears are flowing down my face - I can't even imagine the emotions and such a BITTERSWEET moment - wow. What beautiful families God perfectly knits together. We are so blessed by adoption in our family as our nephew came home from China in November 2015. xoxo ERIN

Olivia at Joyfully Prudent said...

OH my gosh this post makes me so happy! Seriously! I can't wait to meet her!

Paula said...

Awww...SWEET POST! Can't wait to see the updates as she begins to find herself in your family.

Mervi said...

What a wonderful day it was for all three families. Adoption is amazing! We are lucky to have contact information for Nelli's foster mom so we can keep in touch with her. Greetings from Finland and all the best for your whole family ❤️

Foxy's Domestic Side said...

I just love reading about this! When I was adopted from Korea, my parents didn't have to go get me, they put me on a plane and they met me at the airport, only thing was the first time they went to get me, there was a mix up and they never put me on the plane, so my parents had to wait another month and a half before they could try to go get me again, my mom was devastated that she had to wait more for me, and through the holidays no less.

Queen In Between said...

Love this last little picture of you with Britt!

Terra Heck said...

Britt is super blessed to have you as her family.