I stood there on the cold pavement, longing to be enveloped by the warmth and happiness on the other side of the window. Beyond the sparkling lights entwined around the porch railing, the twinkling Christmas tree glowed through the glass panes while the cheerful laughter I heard through them made me yearn to fling the door open and throw myself inside.
Another freezing blast of wind whipped at my jacket and stung my cheeks. How I ached to be inside and with all of those nice-sounding girls instead of out here in the cold, alone.
It had been a long day. So much happened, and I had barely gotten the chance to process everything. The adoption, the shock, the goodbye – plus the tears through it all.
I had been adopted. That was supposed to be every doll’s dream at the American Girl Doll Orphanage; so why did it feel more bitter than sweet?
I knew why, really. But even the thought of the reason made me want to cry some more, as much as I was about to pretend I had no emotions. I had heard countless of other stories of dolls who had been adopted into families with tons of other crazy sisters.
And I wasn’t ready to let go of mine.
My heart about ready to burst at the thought of having left my sister, I turned my back on the joyous sounds of Christmas cheer. I wasn’t ready to go in there. I couldn’t go in there. I wasn’t ready to have all of those sisters.
I wasn’t ready to let go of my only sister. Having a home of my own for Christmas had been my dream, but not without her.
I jumped at the sound of the door being opened, my eyes opening with a start.
“Hello?” A girl with cream-bowed brunette hair and a velvety forest green holiday dress called as she walked out onto the door step.
“Um, hi,” I muttered back. I had no idea what to say, what to do. Judging by the discombobulated look of confusion and curiosity on the girl’s face, I guessed that no one had been expecting me. Which was good, very good. Maybe I could convince them that there had been some mistake and they would send me back to the orphanage.
The girl seemed to be waiting for me to give an explanation of what I was doing outside her door on Christmas night, but after a moment or two of awkward silence, the girl finally spoke up sweetly. “Are you lost?”
“You could say that,” I answered truthfully.
The girl’s face instantly brightened. “Oh, don’t you worry about a thing! Come inside out of the cold. We’ll help you get to where you need to be. Come on!”
My heart was reluctant but my freezing toes pulled me forward as I followed the girl. “I’m Molly, by the way,” she introduced herself. She seemed friendly enough, and she was reassuring; just like my sister. Wait, what am I thinking?! I mused. I wasn’t ready yet.
“I’m Taryn,” I told her.
“Nice to meet you, Taryn,” Molly smiled, offering her hand to shake mine once I had stepped into the enveloping warmth of her home. Shutting the door, she added, “That’s a really pretty name.”
Molly led me down a long hallway of hard tile-wood floors while I wondered where exactly she was leading me to.
I found out soon enough. We stepped into some sort of a party room, where anything and everything Christmas had taken place.
Not a second after we arrived, all heads turned toward me. Six girls around my age dressed in dazzling holiday attire all locked eyes with mine, no doubt wondering who on earth I was. A girl with short black hair and bangs murmured, “New roommate?” to which a girl with long, dark brown curls jabbed her in the side with an angry elbow.
“Everyone, this is Taryn,” Molly wrapped an arm around my shoulders. Gesturing to the group of girls, she continued, “Taryn, these are my roommates and sisters.”
“Hi, Taryn!” Came the chorus from those gathered around.
“So, guys,” Molly explained. “Taryn is a little lost. Where’s Mom? She’ll be able to help.”
The girl with long, dark brown curls stepped up. “I’ll get her,” she offered. The girl then pointed to a table full of treats and goodies. “Taryn, please make yourself at home! Feel free to help yourself to a snack. Or two or three,” she grinned with a wink before walking off in search of “Mom.”
“You can set your stuff down there,” Molly told me, motioning towards the corner of the room.
I gentled placed my dark blue suitcase on the floor while slipping off my messenger bag. It was then I realized that my hands were shaking, but as soon as my bag’s strap was also resting on the floor, I clenched my fists. Get yourself together, I told myself, swallowing hard while playing it calm, cool, and collected. This whole thing will be over with soon and you’ll go back and see her again in no time.
“C’mon! We have cookies and hot cocoa!” A peppy girl with bouncy blonde curls grabbed my hand and pulled me toward the table. “I’m Chloe, by the way!”
I couldn’t refuse the sugary chunks of Heaven calling my name with their enticing aroma. Besides, hot cocoa was the perfect way to warm up my insides… And delight my taste buds. With Chloe’s advice on which treats were the best and before I knew it, I had a plateful of unhealthy goodness that was ready and waiting for me to devour it.
I soon learned the names of everyone around me; Emelie, Josefina, Jasmine, Chloe, and Ellie. The girl with curls that had left to go find “Mom” was Cécile, and of course, there was Molly.
“Is there a place where I can hang up my coat and hat?” I asked after I had finished eating, feeling warm and toasty by then.
“I’ll take them!” An eager Josefina offered kindly.
I began slipping out of my coat. “Thank you.”
The moment Josefina left to put my coat and hat somewhere, I heard footsteps coming down the hall.
Cécile better be coming with news I want to hear, I mused. That there’s been a mistake, that they’ll send me back… that I can see my sis again.
“There’s been some sort of a mistake,” Cécile began, and my hopeful eyes gleamed as she neared me. “You aren’t lost at all. Madison, my mother, did indeed adopt you from the orphanage, but didn’t expect that you’d be here so soon and didn’t tell us yet. So, Taryn…
“… Welcome home.”
Wait, what? No! This isn’t how it’s supposed to go at all! My heart sledgehammered against my chest as I implored her hazel eyes. No, no, no. I was losing my one and only sister and gaining seven other, very unwanted ones. This can’t be happening! I felt tears well up, but I blinked them back quickly.
“It’s getting late,” Cécile turned to the rest of the girls. “Let’s go ahead and turn in for the night. What do you say we show Taryn to our room?”
The others nodded their agreement, and Molly offered to take my bags for me. “I’ll take them,” I hastily stopped her.
With every step I took toward my new room, I was getting farther and farther away from my sister. I grit my teeth, trying to be composed. I closed my eyes to keep from tearing up as I grasped the handle of my suitcase tighter. I can’t do this!
That’s why I was very grateful for Ellie’s next words to distract me: “Taryn, hold on a second! I just found a stocking for you.”
Madi here! As you know from my last post, I GOT LEA! ASDFGHJKL SHE’S SO PRETTY! You guys were very smart in your guessing. ? I got her accessories, earrings, and Bahia outfit, too! I’ll do a “haul” with everything I got whenever I feel like it. XD On Christmas day, I was quite surprised that I even typed up this post – out of habit, I kept walking to the computer to read & comment on others’ blogs or reply to comments, and then I remembered that I didn’t have to – I was on holiday! Surprisingly, I couldn’t wait to put together this post. I could hardly keep myself from snapping the photos and crafting the storyline of another dramatic photostory… with my new doll. I was just having fun with this post, really, and wasn’t holding myself to a deadline. It makes posting a whole lot more fun!
I won’t give you her last name yet, because that gives away whether she adopts my last name of Lorfing and becomes sisters with everyone or not. After this mini-series is finished, though, I’ll have her profile up! I was actually going to name her Adalyn/Adilyn, but there were, like, fifteen different spellings of her name that I just could not decide on. For example…
Don’t even get me started on the other list of -yn/-yne names I put together. XD
I liked Adalyn, but her nickname would be Adi, and it would make sense if her name was Adilyn, but I didn’t like that spelling of her name as much as I did Adalyn, and then I thought the e at the end was super pretty, but it didn’t exactly fit her personality, and so I continued debating about her name with three other friends over text, on the phone, and even in person for the entire month of December. XD
But seeing your doll in person gives you a whole new perspective on how you’re going to name her (like when I bought #56). When I looked at Lea, one of the names from my insanely long list of -yn/-yne names popped up in my mind; Taryn. It was perfect! It was the only one that stuck out of that insanely long list, even though I had decided against it, somehow thinking I’d choose between Adalyn, Adilyn, and the e at the end. But Taryn fits her perfectly. All of the sudden, out of nowhere, Jade popped up, too! Like, where did Jade come from?! I hadn’t even thought about middle names yet! But… Taryn Jade. What beautiful first-and-middle names! They fit her personality oh-so-perfectly.
But, wait? What about her last? Will she adopt my last name, Lorfing, and become sisters with Molly, Josefina, and Cécile? Or will everyone become sisters with her? What if her last name remains Clark, and she’s just a roommate like the rest? And what about Taryn’s sister? Who is she, anyway? Will Taryn ever see her again? Did I secretly adopt her sister and have been playing it like Taryn was the only one I got? #62 is next on my wishlist… DID I GET TWO DOLLS?!
Anyway. XD Are you excited for part two? I’m excited to make it! I have the entire thing plotted out in my head and can’t wait to share it with you.
I almost decided to be cliché and say “Happy New Year!” here, but I didn’t.
Have the absolute best new year ever, only to be topped by every one after it!
WOW I’M IN SOME SERIOUS SUSPENSE!! LOL ? Honestly girl, this is one of the most exciting doll stories I’ve ever read!!! And Taryn- such a beautiful name!! Good job?? And I just… *shaking my head* I-I-….. I JUST CANT BELIEVE YOU MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN ANOTHER DOLL!!!! Ok, the suspense is literally killing me (jk) I need to go take a couple chill pills and calm my mind ????
LOLOL! Thank you SO much, Maddie! And LOLOL! XD XD
Oh my goodness!! Taryn is such pretty name for Lea! And I feel so, so sorry for her. ?You are SO GOOD AT CLIFFHANGERS!!! AUUUUUUGH!!!
That’s how naming Amaya was… I searched for weeks for a name only to have one come off the top of my head when I opened her! ?
LOL! Thank you SO much, Catlover02! And hahaha, I know, right?! ?
Another cliff hanger, yay! Welcome Home Taryn!!!!! Such. A. pretty. name!
Hehehe! YAY! ? Taryn says thank you so much! And doesn’t it suit her perfectly? I love it so much!
So cool! I’m excited for the next parts.
Thank you so much!
Welcome Home Taryn! This photostory made me realize that Lea is prettier than you think! My 6 year old sister has one, but not in super awesome condition.
Taryn says thank you! She definitely is – American Girl’s stock pictures made me not want her at all! :P That’s cool your sister has one!
Im sick, so when I get better I will definitely fix her up and use her on my blog as Brooke’s friend from school ?
Aw, I’m so sorry you’re sick! I’ll pray for you if you want! :D
Sure! Thank you for doing that, I am almost better, I just need to clear this stuffy nose of mine.
No problem! Yay, that’s awesome! Ugh, yes, stuffy noses are annoying. :P
Eek! I’m so excited for part two! This is awesome, I love it!
Thank you SO much, Izzy! :D
Also, I gave you permission to read my blog! My parent’s said I could as a Christmas present. Yay! Enjoy!
P.S. I love Taryn’s name! She is gorgeous. Also, my new doll that I got is TM 61, but I’m making her be my very own historical character.
YAY! Heading over to Sew Sweet Dollies right now! :D
P.S. Taryn says thank you! I love her name, too! And that is so cool! And ooh, your own historical character? That’s awesome!
You’re welcome! ?
OMG Madi, Taryn is so cute I really LOVE that name and her personality suits her so well!
I’m thinking of buying a Lea off of eBay and your pics make me want her even more!
What do you think of Gabriela McBride?
Seriously again with the mystery and intrigue!?
I’m definitely going to stay tuned to see if you got Taryn a sis!
Happy New Year, I hope you have a good one;
Peace to the world, Lucky
Isn’t she?! I am SO glad I got her! If you do decide to get Lea, I hope you get her for an awesome price!
I’m so-so about Gabriela. *shrugs* I will not be getting her. What do you think about her?
LOL! Yep! XD Thank so much, Lucky! Happy New Year to you, too!
I’m undecided about Gabriella, its cool that she’s African-American but I think AG could’ve broadened their minds a little more; from what I hear about Tenney, I think I’d most likely purchase Tenney opposed to getting Gabriela!
Thank you! :-)
Peace to the world, Lucky!
Same here! For the first AA GOTY, they should’ve made her unique and unlike their other dolls. :P Tenney sounds super interesting! I’m not too sure on what I really think about her yet, though.
So suspenseful! Out of all the doll series we have read, this is one of the most interesting! We also LOVE the name Taryn! Great job on this! We are so excited and blown away that you might have gotten another doll! We really need to come down!
Thank you SO very much, Tori and Bella! I’m so glad you like it! Thank you times a million! :D :D
GAH! Madi, someday you are going to kill us with your cliffhangers! XD XD XD Anyway, how exciting! I can’t wait for part 2!!! How many parts are you planning? :D
P.S. I got your comment on my blog…I'll leave YOU a comment on one of the beta-reading pages. :)
LOLOL! That’s the idea! ? JK! XD. And hmmm, good question. XD I’m aiming for five parts, but there’s going to be at least three for sure!
Happy 2017! ?
P.S. Oh, yes, the very long one. XD Yay! Thanks so much!
(I’m typing this on my mom’s phone. ?)
Well, you’re certainly succeeding! ?
Awesome! I certainly can’t wait. ?
P.S. Haha, yup! We’re driving home right now, so I should leave that comment and respond to the one that you left soon. :D
(Hehe! :D )
Thank you so much! *hugs Grace ’cause Grace always says the kindest things*
P.S. Ooh, yay! Take your time! Where are you driving home from?
You’re welcome! *hugs you back because you’re just awesome and amazing and how could I refuse a hug* XD
P.S. Heehee! We were driving home from Lowes. (I got paint for my dollhouse! :D )
Hehehe! ? Aw, thanks! ?
P.S. Ooh, dollhouse! I loved what I saw so far from your Countdown to Christmas post! Do you plan on doing a dollhouse tour when you’re finished painting/whatever-you’re-doing-with it?
Love, love, love the name! I actually consider myself a naming connoisseur (:P), but I’ve never thought of Taryn! So pretty! :) Great job!
Thank you so much! And LOL! Thanks again, Kendall!
Also, the outfit Taryn is wearing… I have had my eye on that for a while, and I think I’m going to buy it now! Seeing it in your post decided it for me! :) So, thank you!
It is an absolutely amazing outfit – I hope you enjoy it! Aw, you’re so welcome! Thank you for your sweet comment!
I have two posts ready.
I need to upload things but my wifi is so slow and I am so impatient.
MWAHAHA. I KNOW.
Ooh, I can’t wait to see them! Yeah, I know how that is. Sometimes I have a deadline for posts and my pictures JUST WON’T UPLOAD. -__- LOL. Good luck with your posts!
Woow! What an AH-MAZING name to call Lea!! Its so pretty!! I AM IN SUSPENCE PLEASE POST PART 2 SOON!! LOL just kidding…i am in suspence but no hurry LOL XDXD :P
Thank you SO much, AGfan! I love that name for her, too! And LOL! The next part is coming kind of soon. XD
AHHHHH LOL XDXD
Oh, my goodness! This was so sweet and sad at the same time! So mysterious too, did you get another doll I wonder???? She is the most beautiful AG doll I have ever seen, seriously, Caroline would be angry at me saying, but it’s true! I though Maryellen was beautiful, but this doll tops her!! Ahh! Your photography beats all!
Anyway, I was curious, what does ASDFGHJKL mean? :D
Thank you SO much, Livy! Maybe… ? Isn’t she AMAZING?! I love her so much! And aw, thank you so much again, Livy!
ASDFGHJKL is me freaking out over how awesome my new doll is! LOL!
Goodness that cliffhanger. :D Taryn is such a pretty name! By the way . . . have you started planning your novels for Camo Nano(s) and NaNo in November? I have one I’m really excited to write, but I feel like I should save it for November since November is the busier month and I already have plans for this novel. At the same time, I want to write it for April and re-write it for July since I really love the plot (#writerly ?). . . Advice?
Hehe! XD Taryn says thank you! :D I actually have not. I know, shame on me. I literally have no idea. XD
Ooh, wait. Idea coming. I know exactly what I’ll write in November. I am currently still writing my very first novel (it’s the first book in a trilogy series), and it will be finished by March 4th of this year. I will start writing the 2nd book in the trilogy series in November. Or, maybe July… Who knows? Actually, would it be possible to write half your novel in July and the rest of it in November? It’s going to be pretty huge (Book I is currently at 103,213 words but it’s only 80% finished), so I’m thinking about writing the first 65k in July and then however many more words I want for it in November.
Well, that was longer than intended. Enough about me, I sound so conceited. XD I think that if you’re super excited to write your novel, you should start it as soon as you want! Personally, the longer I wait to write things, the less I feel interested in the plot. But that’s just me. XD Have you done any type of NaNo before?
Ooh, thanks so much for the thoughts! It’s true that the longer I wait, the less enthusiastic I get about writing a novel. I wanted to do Book 1 of mine (also a trilogy) in April, rewrite it in July, and then do the whole “draft-an-entire-novel-in-November” thing for actual NaNo with Book 2. However, I get the feeling that I’m not going to be able to accomplish the November one, and since that’s the bigger, more well-known event — I really want to be able to do it. XD
I actually started doing YWP NaNo in 5th grade, when I wrote around 6,600 words . . . after that, I kept going on my own (I had done it as a part of my class in 5th grade), but wasn’t too successful. *cough* procrastination *cough. I did my first Camp NaNo in April of 2016, which was really fun, even if I only wrote around 8,500 words, and tried to do it again in July. You would expect me to write more since I had no school, but I also had a mission trip and was trying to prepare to teach a group of kids for our VBS, so I kinda failed July, lol.
And wow, your book sounds absolutely amazing! Over 100k? That’s so cool! :D I want to write a total of 100k this year. I wanted to get a head start and write 3k yesterday, but I only wrote around 200. Typical me. XDD
You’re welcome! Ooh, that sounds like an awesome plan! But yeah, I get how you feel with November being the more well-known one and wanting to do it then. ? :P
That is so cool! LOL, procrastination XD Camp NaNo sounds so awesome… I might do it in April if I have time. LOL! Ooh, your mission trip sounds fun! I go on them a lot and they definitely are time-consuming… XD
Aw, thank you SO much! And LOLOL! XD I wanted to have the first part of my next chapter in my book started by now, but all I have is a few keywords I want to include. Lamesauce. :P XD
Yay! I am so glad you made a fun little introduction photostory! I really enjoyed reading this and the one for Chloe. Me nieces name is Adelynn! Taryn is a beautiful name for Lea. My Lea was renamed Brooklyn. And who is Lea’s sister? Did you get another doll like Rebecca or Samantha to be her sister? Sneaky sneaky.?
Serving Him in song-Joy
Thank you SO much, Joy! I really enjoyed making it! I’m so glad you liked them – thanks a million! :D And isn’t it? I can’t believe it sprang to mind when I was naming her. Brooklyn is a super pretty name for Lea, too! And hehehehe! ;) ?
Taryn is so pretty!! Her hair is AMAZING.. You will have so much fun photographing her. I know I have! :D
Love this series so far! I can’t wait for the next part!! :D I feel so sorry for Taryn though. :(
Happy New Year!!
– American Girl Doll Artist
I know, right?! It is SO fun to photograph her! It’s hard to stop. XD
Thank you so much! I’m super glad you like it! Yeah. :(
Happy New Year to you, too!!
Ooh! Looking forward to the next part! I hope the problem with her sister will be resolved! Taryn Jade is a very pretty name! And your photography of Lea (er…Taryn) is very pretty!! That is a LOT of spellings of Adalyn!! Wow! I feel like that would turn into a situation like with Emelie’s name!
Happy New Year, and great post!
Yay! I’m so glad you like it! And Taryn says thank you – I really love her name, too! LOL, I know, right? o.O Hahaha, yeah! XD
Happy New Year to you, too! Thank you so much!
Oh and by the way, I received your Christmas cards a few days back!!! Woohoo! Thank you so much! That was a lot of fun!
Ooh, YAY! I am so glad you got it! I hope you liked it! Thank you SO much for participating – your card is hanging up in my dolls’ room right now as a decoration!
Hmm, I wonder what’s going to happen!! I love your photostories about your dolls’ lives, by the way. They’re some of my favorite posts you do! :)
Oh, one more thing-these photos are super pretty and I love the lighting. :)
Thank you so very much, Christian Homeschooler! I am really glad you like them! :D I think they’re some of my favorite posts to make!
Thank you SO much again! :D
You’re welcome! :D That’s great! I’m not much of a storyteller; that’s my sister’s job. ;)
Oh, by the way, I received your Christmas card about a week ago, and I forgot to tell you. It’s so pretty! Thanks so much Madison! :)
Oh, yay! :D I am so glad you like it! Thank you so much and you’re welcome! :D
Hooray for Taryn Jade!! I loved this photo story! I can’t wait to find out what happens. :) Too much suspense! LOL!
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Thank you so much! Hehe! LOL! :D
Wow I agree Taryn is so pretty!!!!! And I can’t believe you got ANOTHER doll???. (I have one American girl doll, lol)
And yes I am excited for the next part!
Thank you so much, Gina! LOL, I know! It’s hard to believe I have eight now! That’s awesome! Which AG doll do you have?
I’m so glad! I’m going to try to have it up super soon. I have all of the pictures taken – I just have to wait until after at the server switch to type it up and post it. :D
by the way this is sierra and marissa here this is our name when we are on together ;) By the way we liked your post so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AWESOME name, guys ;) Thank you SO much! I am super duper glad you liked it!