Saturday, May 11, 2013

Big Beautiful Day

Folks, today was awesome. 

After a great night of sleep, we woke up tingling with anticipation-- today is the day we have dreamed about for three years. 

I haven't written much about the referral process in the past- but in my mind it is a little like agreeing to marry someone whose profile you have seen on match.com.  We did feel an instant pull toward the picture and description-- but it's still words and a photo-- so different than the reality of a real, living little boy.

I was nervous-- nervous that he wouldn't like us and nervous that we wouldn't feel a connection with him. It's a big leap to go from pixelated images and orphanage processing paperwork to a little guy in your arms. I just kept thinking about faith throughout the entire morning.

Our adoption advocate in country came to pick us up at the guest house at 11:00 or so and we headed to the orphanage. We wove our way through some pretty congested traffic for thirty minutes or so, taking in the sights and sounds (and fumes) of Addis, but in the back of our minds there was the constant anxiety and anticipation of the boy at the end of the trip.  

 

Once we arrived at the orphanage, we got a quick tour of the meeting rooms and common spaces.  On the wall of the reception room there were dozens of photos of families.  It filled my heart with so much joy to see all those lovely families coming together. 

While looking at the pictures, we heard a nurse come up and suddenly there "he" was.  He stared at us for a couple seconds from the arms of the nurse but pretty quickly came over to us.  There were a lot of tears as we held him for the first time.

People say that words can't describe what happens when you meet your child-- an overwhelming sense that God has brought you together in a divine way-- I can't tell you how true this was for us. 

We spent the remainder of the morning playing with our little guy and marveling at all he is-- joyful, mischievous and on the go.  He explored my necklace, my hair, Matt's stubble, and our faces.  There were giggles, raspberries and so much gladness.  So glad to be with him and hopefully the first of our many, many adventures together.



1 comment:

  1. Yeesssssssssssssss!!! So awesome!!! Thinking about you guys so much.

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