Lord, Please Bring This Little Girl To Us.
When John-Adrian came from Nome for Thanksgiving, he came with his girlfriend Jocie, but there was difficulty in getting permission for her daughter to come as well. Having a potential granddaughter who could not come to us had too much echo for me of fifteen years ago, and the months of waiting for Chris and JA’s adoption from Romania to be approved. Our hearts were anxious all November. But all was approved and all went marvelously well. There were ten days of celebratory eating and noisy talk. Ben (Uncle Duck) was immensely popular, carrying, photographing, feeding, and entertaining nieces. We had half of Christmas early. It also resulted in a first-ever three girl/six doll sleepover at Nana and Pop's house, as Aurora(4) clambered onto the king-size sleeper between Emily(8) and Sarah(4). Jonathan and Heidi, JA and Jocie all got a night off. Pops sat in the dim light in his recliner and intoned “Stop talking and go to sleep, darlings” at regular intervals. Nana got up at 2:30 and 4:30am to redirect the wakeful from bringing out toys for the morning. Excellent memories for all.