April is Amazing!

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I was so blessed to have my cousin travel to visit Naika with me again. 16 months earlier, my cousin was the first person I got to introduce to Naika.

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Our first moment, right off the orphanage van. On van rides, she insisted on sitting by herself, sitting on laps is for babies.

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Shades, a ball and a mama=a happy girl!

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Working the phone, a fun hand me down from great friends.

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It only took 8 trips, but we went on an outing! We went to church and out to lunch at Epidoor. It was so wonderful to get outside the walls of the hotel!

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I had to buy her the piece of chocolate cake as big as her head. I was surprised she didn’t really eat any of it. She made up for it by eating most my Blue Bunny ice cream.

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She’s one of us! She officially has our last name now and is legally our child.

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I bought her two special Blankees in case we lose one, but she choose my cheap swimsuit coverup for Walmart as her lovey.

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Modeling her Sassy Streamers hair attire!

Check out my good friend Jen’s site SASSY STREAMERS for fancy hair accessories.

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We celebrated a belated Easter with fresh baked cupcakes, an Easter egg hunt and lots of candy. The boys in the street behind the hotel were the guests of honor.

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Last trip she cried when I painted her toenails. This time she actually wanted me to paint them, but she still looks a bit unsure.

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The special nanny who took care of her when she was a baby.

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My bossy and loud big girl. She seemed to get her way often.

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Fancy girl!

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On the last night, we had a big pizza party for the kids and parents. So much fun!

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She loved to have her own plate of food. More than she could ever eat.

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A special photo shoot at the orphanage. The brainchild of two awesome moms.

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Happy, happy girl! Love, love, love!

I don’t know when I will see my beautiful daughter again.  Hoping our visits are over and the next trip is our trip home.

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