9.05.2012

Secrets

We've been keeping a secret...a really big secret... It's been soooo hard. In reality, we wanted to shout from the rooftops and giddily share with everyone. We have restrained ourselves and instead have found ourselves adoringly gazing at some photos and watching a video...a lot...and wishing to share with the world that....

We have a daughter!!!!!!!

There are no words for our elation! We are delighted and thrilled and excited and blessed. We cannot wait to get our sweet baby girl home. I knew the instant we saw her video - a little after midnight on August 24 -  that we couldn't say no but we did not give our YES until Sunday night, August 26. We are amazed that she will be ours. We sent our LOI (letter of intent) on August 27 - the same day we were LID in China. Then we had to wait for Pre-Approval. It was an excruciating wait and longer than we expected. And then it came! And then we could spill our secret! 

Introducing...

Emmarie Doris




We think she is pretty perfect and absolutely gorgeous! We caught a glimpse of her beautiful smile and heard her laugh on the video we were sent - incredibly precious. Our sweet girl is 19 months. We hope to travel and bring her home right before her 2nd birthday in February. 

We are naming her Emmarie which is a combination of a name we love (Emma, Emily) and my mom and my middle name (Marie), Doris after my amazing Grandma who passed away this year (she was so loving and supportive of our family and loved our kids SO much), and her Chinese name (which we will share later) since it is the name she has gone by for over a year and is a part of her story and heritage. We wanted to honor a couple of strong and beautiful women in our family and I love the names. We will call her Emmarie, Emma, and Emi.  

And now...we wait...this will be hard...knowing she is there but unable to be there...this is the part I have dreaded... Praying for a smooth and quick remainder of the process!!!! 

15 comments:

Heather L. said...

YAY!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! I am SO excited for you!!! She is beautiful and we can't wait to meet her in person! I'm so glad you know who she is and have pictures of her!!!!! Such a beautiful name and a wonderful heritage she has. We love her!!!!

Monica said...

Oh, my! She's is precious! Congratulations to all of you. I can't even imagine how your heart must be bursting right now.

Catherine said...

That's marvelous! Congratulations!

Megan said...

Congratulations on Emmarie!!! She looks adorable. :) We'll be praying for these long months of waiting until you get to bring her home!!!!

Carolyn Tarpey said...

Oh Alaina, I have happy tears for you, she is just beautiful and perfect in EVERY way possible! I am so, so, so HAPPY for you and your whole family! What a pretty name with so much meaning behind it. I know the wait will be painful and so hard but I am praying it does not go too slow and you will be traveling before you know it to to bring your precious daughter home, where she belongs.

Thanks for sharing the BIG secret, I am trilled for you!

With much love and hugs,
Carolyn

girlevolving.com said...

Hello, sweet girl! What a beauty! Thrilled for all of you. The boys will soon have a sister to dote on... and wrestle with. :)

Karen, Glenn, Allie, Max, and Sam said...

We love her already!!!!!! We'll be praying and cheering and begrudging the process right by your side!!! Congratulations to the entire Falk family!! P.S. Love her name!!!

jennie said...

So so very happy for you all. She is beautiful. Can not wait to hear her giggles in the hall at church. She is just a few months older than Sadie. :)

Outside My Comfort Zone said...

Chills up and down my whole body when I saw her pictures! So excited for all six of you. She is a perfect addition to your beautiful family. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Andrew better get his shotgun ready by the front door...but then again, she has three older brothers that aren't going to let any boy get within a mile of her :^)

chris said...

Oh, my GOODNESS! She is absolutely perfect! What a wonderful answer to prayer and fulfillment of a desire of your hearts! We are so excited to meet her!

Kacie said...

Congratulations! What a blessing for you all! God is good.

The Gobble's (Lanetta) said...

SO excited for you.. what a precious babygirl!!! LOVE the name!!!

Trudi said...

You have an incredibly beautiful daughter! She is GORGEOUS, with such bright eyes and inner beauty. I am over the moon for you!!!!

Michele said...

Congratulations! How exciting for all of you and I don't know how you survived this long without shouting from the roof tops. I pray the wait to hold your daughter is fast and peaceful.

country girl at heart said...

Oh yeah! I just happened across your blog and recognized this little girl! I am so very happy she has found her family!!!
Congratulations!!!!!