- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 24, 2014

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) - A Charles City couple is celebrating the arrival of their adopted 2-year-old daughter from West Africa.

Tim and Gretchen Milk said their new daughter, Brynley, has been adjusting well since arriving from Mali and already knows about 20 words of English, including “pretty” and “shoes,” the Mason City Globe Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1zxGC0Y ).

One of the newest things she learned to say is “I love you.”

The couple has two older children and decided more than a decade ago that to adopt a child. Gretchen Milk said there are many children in need around the world and that she and her husband wanted to help.

The Milks waited and prayed until November 2012, when a friend called to tell them of a baby girl who needed a home.

“God brought her to us,” Gretchen Milk said.

It took two years to complete the adoption process and the pair received new pictures of Brynley once a month while they waited. They flew to Mali in October to meet their daughter.

Tim Milk said Brynley didn’t warm up to him at first, but then she let him hold her and hug her.

“She’s just a happy-go-lucky little girl,” he said.

Gretchen Milk said it has been fun watching Brynley adjust.

“She is very, very smart,” Gretchen Milk said. “She has a little bit of that 2-year-old sass, which we love.”

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Information from: Globe Gazette, http://www.globegazette.com/

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