Today Suzanne and I finally got to meet Aidan and Eva. How was it? The photo above pretty much says it all but I’ll describe our experience anyway.
We arrived, eager and nervous, with two other families at the transition home this morning. Since the other families had already met their children the day before, we handed off our cameras to them while the AWAA staff fetched the kids. Aidan came running out of the house with a huge smile on his face and threw his arms around me. I’d been concerned about this moment: how would he feel about us? Would we connect with each other? I needn’t have worried. He’s a fantastic boy, sociable, affectionate, and full of energy. The other families who’d met him before us commented that he seems like a great kid and we were blessed to learn why. After spending a few minutes with Aidan, the staff brought out Eva to us. She’s a beautiful tiny bit of a girl who smiled easily and enjoyed snuggling into Suzanne.
We spent a couple hours at the transition home this morning, playing with the kids and taking photos of each other and the families with their children. We went out for lunch then came back to the transition home to see the kids some more and meet with the doctor and psychologist there. No significant problems to report at this time, for which we are grateful.
Aidan and I played soccer, kicked balls, played with cars, blew bubbles–fun stuff–while Suzanne and Eva cuddled together today. It was a magnificent time, enjoying these new children of ours.
Thank you again for all of your prayers and support. Our next hurdle is court on Thursday (Nov 4)–please continue to pray that we pass. We’ll see the judge after 1:30 PM in Ethiopia (that’s 5:30 AM in Illinois in case you happen to be up). As an added incentive, we can post photos after we pass since the children will then legally be part of our family.
Today was truly full of amazing blessings for us. We have so enjoyed the children and the other adoptive families here. The AWAA staff has been a delight as well.
Thanks again–much more to come.