Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Lots of pics of our new sweet angel

Ok, first off I apolagize up front for posting way too many pictures. I could not choose this time. She has so many expressions, and I just love the pics we have gotten. One more reason for so many pics is usually when I am uploading in Guatemala it takes 5x as long, this time it was so fast. I am so glad we made the trip. I really feel like it is a good transition. There have definitley been moments where it is very evident she is grieving the loss of the only mom she has known. I have had a few wonderful conversations with attatchment and adoption counselors and they have assured me she would grieve even this young. The best advice I have gotten is to stay with her in the feeling, don't try to distract her or fix it. This is tough as a parent, we want our children to be happy. Pray for her little tender heart that she falls in love with her forever family. I just keep holding her and praying over her that she is bonding and falling in love like we have with her. Ok enough blabber on to way too many pictures. Thanks for all the comments. . . . they are so sweet and I absolutley love hearing from everyone. I read them to Lucy too. She can't wait to meet you all:)

We are off to Antigua tomorrow where I spent a month when I was in college for Jan term. Where God first planted the seeds of loving the children of Guatemala. Miss you all. . . . thanks for indulging me by looking at 8,000 pictures of our new sweet angel. Will post more later. Thanks again for the wonderful comments.


Lucy's Dad said...

Yes.......first one to comment. Scoring brownie points with the first lady.
If she's half as cute in person, as she is in the pictures, I'M DONE FOR.
Love you and miss you so much.
Lucy's DAD.

Anonymous said...

oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!
that was the perfect amount of pictures! :)
we will be praying for her as she transitions. no worries, god has got that figured out as well. look how his hand has been so evident in this whole process, even in the times you wondered where he was??!!! she is a beautiful creature oozing with joy. can't WAIT to meet her.
love to you and grammy sparkle.
enjoy the sunshine. it is cold here!!!!

Anonymous said...

She is so smart and isn't it hard to be a parent and have to have your children go through growing and pain and life? But she will be so strong from it and it will help make her into the person she is supposed to be - by the looks of it she is supposed to be an angel! Have a great, safe trip tomorrow - hello to Margo and give Lucy a squeeze for me. I get to swim with the boys on Thursday - I have my special mints for them and we will have a blast!!!

Love, Patty

Anonymous said...

Wow--what a touching post Darcy--you are an amazing writer. You have an amazing perspective on just loving her, holding her and praying for her. You are an amazing mom--Lucia's love for you and your whole family will grow each moment she is with you. WE are having a great time with Kinkade and Keagan. Here are a few quotes from the day."Don't you think Lucia looks so cute in pigtails." "McDonalds sure makes great food to eat."(Yes--we took them to McDonalds)--they miss you and send their love.

whitney tampien said...

There's no such thing as too many pictures!! :) She is so much FUN!!! She is so lucky to be coming home to the most amazing family I know... you guys are the best. And she already fits in perfectly. Give Margo and Lucia a hug for me! ENJOY THE SUNSHINE!!!!

Kathy Hansen said...

It is evident by her smiles that she is already in love with you. What a lucky baby to have so many people to love her.


Bryan said...

Here, here! Definitely not too many photos.

As far as the grieving process, you are an amazingly gifted mom and we all know that you will be everything that Lucia needs during this transition. In the end, it will only lead her to trust and love you more.

Be safe and well.

Ashley said...

She is just AMAZING!!! My heart is there with you!

Chantelle, Eric, Bianca said...

Yeee haaaaa!!! Lucy is coming home!!!! I just read your comment on my blog and LOVED to read that you are bringing your daughter home soon!!!! FANTASTIC!!! I know you must be overjoyed and also just so ready to have her at home.
God bless you guys and hope you have an awesome trip home....
Your life will be forever changed, and finally all of the dreams of having your little girl at home with your family will be happening in real life!!!!
Just could not be happier for you!
Chantelle, Eric & Bianca

Anonymous said...

The tears ran down my face at your comments and the pictures this time. Can't wait to see her in person.

Love you.
Mom and Dad

Anonymous said...

To The Wonderful McMurray Family:
Even though we don't see you often, we do think of you a lot. Lucy is a lucky little girl... She really does look like an angel...
Darcy, you are dealing with the grieving perfectly..know that it's there, and know that your gift as a mother and teacher will pull her through.. Hugs and love to you all.
The Owsley's

The KJs said...

Darcy...Aaron told me about your blog a while back and KJ and I have been following it ever since! Please know it has been a huge inspiration and encouragement to us! We are looking forward to meeting your BEAUTIFUL daughter!!

Hugs, The Johnsons

Carla said...

First of all, there is no such things as too many pictures!

Did you realize that in just 14 days now (2 weeks!) she'll be HOME? For good?? Last time we chatted it was 19 days. Now it's 14. Then it will be 10. Then 6 . . . do you get the picture? WOWEEE!!!

Thanks for taking the time to post pictures and keep your fan club updated.

I know "goodbye" won't be easy this time, but it sure won't be as hard as the last times, will it?

Hang in there, you are SO CLOSE.

Love you -

Anonymous said...

first of all--never too many photos. don't put that camera down you might miss the opportunity to capture another perfect expression from your little angel! secondly--i'm loving the clips too. now i'm torn, clips or bows?! too cute. lastly--you do everything right, so don't even have a moment's hesitation that lucy's transition will be anything less than perfect. God will certainly see you through that last step! love you all--meghan

Kay C. said...

so, it's almost midnight on thursday night and i should be in bed, but checked your blog (as i often do before heading to bed) and was filled with complete joy after reading your post and seeing the much joy that the tears are rolling down my cheeks. My girls are fast asleep, but i think i need to give them each an extra squeeze...children are the most amazing blessing. Your post reminded me to count my own blessings again.

A whole new life is right around the corner, keep your faith every step of the way and all the pieces will come together as He so perfectly has planned.

Love you all dearly, KC

jonesfamily said...

Don't ever apologize for too many pictures...why do you think we all check the blog??!!!


lindsmurphy1 said...

She looks so happy! I can't wait to meet her. I love her leopard pants...might have to borrow those! Have a wonderful and safe time. The Murphy's are always praying for you!

Stacy said...

We Lucy fans want to see MORE pictures!!! She is the cutest thing!!!

Kelsey said...

Hi Lucy!
You are so beautiful little one. Keep smiling because God has created a perfect place for you in the heart of your new family. I am so excited to watch you grow up amongst people who love you more than you will ever, ever know.

Darc...this is a poem that someone gave my mom when we adopted Molly. You have probably already heard it but in case you haven't,I think it's beautiful:

Legacy of Adoption

Once there were two women, neither knew the other
One you do not remember, the other you call mother.
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you the seed of talent, the other gave you an aim.
Two very different lives shaped yours into one
One became your guiding star, the other was your sun.
One gave you emotions, and one calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears.
The first gave you life, the second taught you to live it.
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it.
One gave you up—it was all that she could do,
The other prayed for a child—God led her straight to you.
And now you ask me through your tears,
The age-old question of all the years,
Heredity or Environment, which are you a product of?
Neither darling, neither ... just two different kinds of Love.

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Ali said...

Absolutely beautiful...I'm so excited for your addition and prayers answered to having Lucia a part of your wonderful family. No doubt she will have a wonderful life to grow up with. Loves Ali