"Exactly one year ago, we waited anxiously in a room at the social welfare institute in Hangzhou China. We had seen his face and prayed countless prayers for him, but hadn't yet been blessed to touch him, or hold him in our arms. I will never forget how it felt when he walked into the room. He was scared and curious, but had no idea of how his life was about to be changed. I remember how it felt to touch his sweaty little head, and how hard it was to give him space to adjust, because I wanted to grab him up into my arms right away. Elijah Miles our family would not be complete without you, you are sweet and helpful, so kind to your siblings (most of the time lol, you are so gentle and loving with the baby, you are Ariana's best friend and your Mommas sweet boy. You are stubborn and silly and the world is amazing to you, you love to explore new things and your joy for life is contagious. I love you so baby boy. Thank you Father for allowing me to be this little mans Mother, I don't deserve the honor."
It has been a great year, we had to work hard to bond to a little man that from the beginning thought he was in charge :). He bonded so quickly with his big sister and looked to her for anything. He still tell her when he has a problem before us sometimes, but that is changing. I love the random hugs and squishy kisses I get from him. I love this boys heart and joy for life, it challenges me to see the beauty all around me. Elijah sees the wonder in everything and he isn't quiet about it. He doesn't meet a stranger and we have had to work hard to teach him not to give affection to them. We didn't know we needed another little man in our life when his face captured us, But...I cannot imagine a life that doesn't include his joyful little laugh. He is a blessing.
I wish that I could talk to their China mommies, I wish that I could tell them their babies are safe and loved beyond measure. I wish I could say thank you for two of the greatest gifts of my life. I cant, but I can love the babies they gave life to fiercely and try to give them my best everyday.
To all 7 of my babies, you all came from different places, but each of you are precious priceless gifts. I am forever grateful that God gave each of you to us to raise.... even if we do screw it up far more than we get it right. I love you all more than you know.