Today we got Anirudha James Brice!
We met with orphanage director before our blessing. She gave us all the paperwork and passport. She had his mother years ago make her handprints and give a lock of her hair. There was also a letter from the orphanage to give to him when he is older. It is a precious letter of how he came there and his early days, but it also gives details of his mother. It is one of the most thoughtful things I have ever seen. I got teary eyed several times today, but I won't go into details because today this blog is all about celebration!
Celebration happened during his blessing from the orphanage. Caregivers and other workers said their hopes for Anirudha, they said their goodbyes to him, and they wished him luck and happiness. This is not a custom we do or had even seen until this week, but we understood the importance it is to the wonderful people who have been taking care of Anirudha for four years. We also knew our son needed to say his goodbyes too, and this blessing was his opportunity. It was a joy to see how much the caregivers like him, and we know Anirudha will miss them.
We took lots of pictures to remember this special day. I would love to write about how the hotel continued to treat our AJ like the little prince he is once we arrived with him, but I will have to save that for another time as I am physically and emotionally exhausted.
AJ at the hotel finally being able to lookout over his city!