Like I mentioned in the previous two posts, we met Lindiwe for the first time on Jan. 24. We returned early the next morning to feed her breakfast and learn about her medications.
Later that morning we took her on our first outing as a family. She loved her car seat and settled right into her position between the two boys.
And guess what she did after we wandered around the mall for a little while…fell asleep by Mommy.
Things went so well on our little outing that later that afternoon we, along with the social worker, decided she was ready to come home with us…and she did! (well, at least home to our little two-room apartment)
Getting ready for bed that first night
She’s been with us for over 3 weeks now and we’re getting to know each other. In the children’s home, the language that she knew was Zulu. We’ve learned a few words to get by…
lala – sleep (I think we asked a waitress for this one)
idla – eat
sawbona – hi
It’s amazing to me how quickly she’s learning to understand English. It’s also beautiful to watch her little face light up when Tambi, the mama that cleans our apartment, speaks to her in Zulu. What a beautiful, beautiful language!
And the boys take turns shaking her bottle and mashing up her banana. And we know she’s really fitting in because they’ve begun to tattle on her and get frustrated when she touches their cars, blankie and paper airplanes.
Our prayer each day…that our little girl feels safe, experiences love and acceptance.
And we remind ourselves that attachment takes time on all ends…we pray for patience and grace toward ourselves and each other during this time here in South Africa.