Today was the big day. Forget the siteseeing stuff. I'll get to that later. We met Neti and Meke. They're every bit as cute as their pictures. And they're as shy and polite as can be.
Neti has lost several teeth. We used it to break the ice a bit and get a grin. They both seemed anxious to meet our family but didn't quite know how to respond once we were actually there. Having been on several mission trips to Mexico, I found myself wanting to speak Spanish to communicate. After initial hugs and introductions and realizing the language barrier was in full-effect we stood in the parking lot just holding hands with our family in a circle.
The orphanage director tried to get them to talk right away. All they could manage was a whisper every now and then with much prompting. It took awhile but they definately warmed up. We made a family book with pictures to show them.
Neti is mezmerized by Kailey's straight blonde soft hair. She felt it over and over. She also seems to understand a bit of English. And she's already got our names down pat.
Meke's extremely shy. She struggles with the girls' names a bit but calls me Poppy. I'm more than OK with that.
I hope to upload some video later today but it'll take awhile (yesterday's 15-second video took almost three hours to upload!).
What a great experience!