We have been smiling for two weeks now. I have had the best time showing off "A"'s picture to my friends when I see them. Sorry, no pictures on the internet of our precious A. That's means some of you just need to come visit me. It's awesome to finally have another child! I'm sure I will be excited for a long time!
Today has been filled with smiles and tears. It's bittersweet to get all of his information and new pictures in the mail. The first thing I see in the package are those beautiful eyes. I can't get over that sweet face! Along with his medical records which I will keep private for now, was a very detail description of how and why his mother gave him up. Neither Ryan nor I could hardly get through reading it. It's heartbreaking. I cried at what his mother went through. She is a brave woman. A woman who deserves so much better in life. She was counseled with a social worker who shared horrifying details with his orphanage. I understand why she had to give him up, and I pray there will be peace in her heart. We will never know her name, but I love this woman for bringing such joy into our lives.
I don't want to get anyone else crying so let me tell you something AMAZING. We got a video of A!!! This is completely unheard of in the adoption world. Most people get a paragraph and a picture. We have pages of information, pictures, and a video. WHAT!!! I love this orphanage for taking the time to put it together. It's several different clips of him on different days. Amazing, just amazing! Seeing my little man running around is hard to put into words. I got teary eyed again. Of course these were tears of joy because that's our son. I was so proud to see him sliding down a slide. What a gift I will always treasure...he will always treasure!
We feel very blessed knowing "A" is being taken care of in a wonderful environment. The nicest bloggy friend EVER figured out from my last post when I mentioned the state and how organized the orphanage seemed to be that it had to be where her daughter was adopted from. It's very neat how her daughter and our son were there at the same time. She has shared pictures with me of the orphanage, and she has also shared great details of how nice of a place it is. It was very comforting reading her emails. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
It is so good to smile, and we have much to smile about! And now I have a video of cutest little boy smiling back at me!!!