Posts Tagged ‘Adoption’

It is hard to believe one year ago this week we were in Taiwan meeting our youngest son. Where does the time go? The last year has been full of a sweet memories, new challenges and adventures as a family of six. I have to say our littlest guy is the most active of our four children. When we met him at the orphanage, at 9 1/2 months of age, he could not sit up for more than a few seconds before toppling over. It was not long before he tackled the sitting “milestone”. Then he was crawling and climbing…yikes! He was climbing everything a few months before he started walking, including the kitchen table and stairs. Obstacles are no trouble; baby gates a necessity but not always effective. He is always watching and learning. He can open some baby gates and is strong enough to push doors open (even doors you would think are too heavy for a guy his size). It is amazing to think how far he has come in the last year. He makes friends wherever we go. He recently learned to blow kisses and by doing so, charms everyone around him. His “dimply” smile and toothy grin can brighten anyone’s day. We are just beginning to see his personality emerge. I look forward to seeing all that God is going to do in his life. Our youngest son has a unique determination I know is a gift from God.

Here are a few photos from our day in Taiwan a year ago….clockwise from top left: feeding him his first bottle; our boy asleep in the hotel crib the first night; our first moments with him at St. Lucy’s Center (orphanage) in Tainan; proud daddy holding his son; happy boy playing in hotel room; as we left the orphanage in a cab, our little guy fell fast asleep in my arms; and sitting on the plaza in front of Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in Taipei.

Happy 2012! Hope the new year is off to a great start for you. We are busy getting back into our regular, homeschooling routine. I sometimes wonder what I did with all my time before motherhood – life can get so busy and one of my goals for this year is to simplify as much as possible. Last fall, I signed us up to participate in several activities (Bible study, Moms’ groups, etc). I’m not sure what I was thinking, especially as we were still adjusting to having our youngest son home. All of the activities were great – but our schedule had us running around most every day of the week and it just got to be too much. My best (and most productive) days are those that don’t require leaving home, although a trip through the Starbucks drive-thru is always an option. My New Year’s resolutions are simpler this year, too. Rather than setting lofty weight loss goals I may not be able to attain, I plan to take 2-3 cycling classes at the gym each week (or at least get to the gym to workout). I also want to continue the process of de-cluttering our home – the folks at Goodwill are getting to know me as I drop off items and it is such a great feeling to drive away and know that there is a little bit less clutter in our house and someone else can put our stuff to good use.

We have been home with our littlest guy for almost seven months. If you have been following our journey since we brought him home, you may recall he had no teeth yet when we met him in Taiwan. He now has 12 or 14 teeth in that little mouth of his. I tell you, he has been teething since the day we brought him home. (See the photos below, and look at how “toothy” his smile has become in only six months.) Despite all the teething, he has been a fairly happy little guy and seems to have made a smooth adjustment to our family. However, in the last few weeks, we have noticed a slight change in his personality – his smiles and giggles come more quickly and easily now. And for the last several months, at the table when we are eating together, he has had a habit of screeching continuously to get our attention. It has made mealtime a challenge, since it is very difficult to carry on a conversation when someone at the table is screeching. I think because he has developed a few more verbal skills, he is able to communicate a little better with us. We have tried sign language but that did not prevent the high-pitched screeching. I’m hoping we have turned the corner and our family can now resume talking to one another at dinnertime. Happy New Year, friends! May 2012 be a blessed year for you and your family!

Merry Christmas from our family! We are grateful for all the adoptive families we have met along our journey, through this blog, on Facebook and in our community. The support, the encouragement, the friendships…it all has been such a blessing for our family. May you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! And for the many families waiting to adopt or bring children home, I pray for good news for your families soon.

I am excited to watch as four families we have “met” online prepare to travel to Taiwan in the next few weeks to be united with their sons and daughters. What a journey these families have been on for the past several months/years!

Terry and her family began the journey to adopt from Taiwan back in 2007. They were finally matched with a little boy earlier this year, and received the final decree for their son’s adoption last week.

Jennifer’s adoption journey also began several years ago. Earlier this year, I learned they had been matched with a sweet baby girl in Taiwan. She and her husband are leaving on Thursday to bring their daughter home.

The other families do not have public blogs for me to share with you. Each family’s story is unique and it is amazing to see how God has answered prayers and orchestrated the details of each child’s adoption. I know I will cry tears of joy when the children are united with the families who have been waiting so long to bring them home. I will be praying for each family, for good health as they travel and for all the final details to go smoothly and there be no delays in obtaining their child’s visa to come home.

I don’t want to end this post without saying something about the birth families. I will also be praying for them – I cannot begin to imagine the pain and emotions the birth families of these children experience as they say goodbye. I am forever grateful our sons’ birth mom chose life for them, and placed them for adoption. I think about her often and I am thankful for the few moments we had with her at the orphanage. I will always treasure that time with her.