Thursday, April 05, 2007
One of the huge benefits to choosing a Haitian adoption from PAC is that Marie has an open doors policy and welcomes adopting parents at any point to visit. Adopting parents visit regularly, take tons of snapshots of our children, and then share the photos online.
These photos of Merisier were taken just last week Thursday. Last week! I don't know how to describe it, but when I can see something taken just the day before (I first saw the photos last Friday), it's as if I can feel the same air that he was just in, like his spirit is stirring the air around me, as if he just walked by me. He looks good, doesn't he? Smiley, happy, and most importantly, healthy.
Natalia, the adopting mom, was only at the orphanage for 6 hours. She was vacationing in Florida and just hopped over for the day. She spent a lot of time holding her sleeping baby girl on the porch, and some of the more curious kids (i.e., Merisier) joined her. Jodnel, our shy guy, was one of the children napping during the visit and staying upstairs to play. In the one photo, at the far far back, you can see the back of Jodnel as he is looking out the backdoor.
Next month I visit my boys. I cannot wait! I think of all the times adoptive parents have come to visit their children, calling out the child's name and hugging them and holding them and taking them back to the hotel for some swimming, and each time my boys have just watched it all happen. But not to them. I know that all the other parents are so kind and loving to all the children--all the children are hugged, all the children are given toys and candy. Still, though, it's not the same. I am just so excited for them to have THEIR turn to hear their names being called.
Well, here we are at April 5 and it's unbelievably cold. Just the other week we were having 70 degree weather, and now it's like January returned once again. And during Easter Vacation week to boot!
So, instead we're staying inside having fun. We had a great "Family Movie Night" at Miss Hattie's request. The kids picked out an Air Bud movie, we popped a ton of popcorn (I think literally!) and the four of us snuggled onto the couch for a movie (Paloma was sleeping and missed out on the fun). One thing is for certain: when the boys arrive, we're going to need a bigger couch! Our old one creaked and you could feel the frame shift with the four of us on it--I'm quite certain that it could not hold up the seven of us!