We went to the room where families are joined together. It was a crazy chaotic scene.
Last time around it was just our travel group that filled the room (but with 15 families, we filled it). This time, our travel group is small (three families) but the room was filled with families from other agencies. We were the first to arrive and not long after, in came our sweet brave boy.
He clung to his nanny.
When she finally handed him off to me, she left immediately with tears in her eyes.
He was such a brave boy.
We showed him his backpack and played a little.
We even managed to get a few smiles and a laugh, miraculous.
But his eyes kept wandering to the door she had brought him in. He kept walking over to it, wanting to look for her. We kept bringing him back.
And then, when she failed to appear after about an hour, he couldn't hold the tears back any longer.
We were more than ready to leave the room, get on the bus and head back to our hotel.
We tried a little lunch, but he refused; then fell asleep for his afternoon nap.
And when he woke up, bit by bit, our brave little man opened up.
This afternoon has been a gift. We have laughed and played ball. We have explored our room and then the hotel. He goes to both of us easily. He really seems to feel safe with us (praise God for answered prayer). He has been eating and drinking and telling us when he needs to go to the bathroom.
He has been playing with his brothers and starting to mimic everything they do.
We had a finger "gun" fight at dinner, complete with "pew, pew" noises. He sometimes hums while he walks beside us holding on to our fingers.
Tears came again at bath time and bed time, but then it passed. He lets us comfort him.
He is sleeping next to me as I type and I am so thankful for the way all of you have covered us in prayer. God is good and today has gone so much better than I dared to hope.
I'm off to bed myself, feeling drained emotionally, but wanted to share our day, thank you for the prayers (please keep them coming) and praise God with all of you for the sweet boy who is joining our family. One less orphan in the world tonight.
We can't wait for you to meet him.