Mar 30, 2010

1 yr update.

When Kevin was in China he was placed in a foster home 6 months before we got there.  He had to go back to the orphanage 2 wks before we traveled to get him.  We watched him walking with his nanny outside, just like a typical day for him.  He was curious when she was trying to tell him, this is Mama and Baba.  Our boy is smart, even at 2 1/2 he knew SUDDENLY that it was all about to change.  When he began to cry, it was as if he was saying, "Not ANOTHER change.....just leave me where I am"  It was as plain as the nose on his cute face.  He was gently swayed with magical goldfish crackers and bubbles that make all tears disappear.  It didn't hurt that some of his dear friends from the same place were there with him.  I think somehow they all summoned strength from each other.  We had older children in our travel group that understood, but still took lots of time to comfort the smaller ones, that had become their families.  They understood that they wouldn't be going back and still had something left in their hearts to help out the smaller ones, when new mommies and daddies couldn't make it better.....yet.

Our boy has grown and challenged us so much since he became part of our family.  He still contines to adore and prefer his father, but he does understand about the love of a Mother.  He still doesn't like us to wear shoes in the house (mostly a habit from the foster family and Chinese culture, but he also equates shoes with leaving) but is becoming ok with staying with one parent.  I adore his heart so much, it is guarded still, but so willing to love again.  He adores his sisters and follows them everywhere.  The Lord knew what he was doing when he directed me to the waiting children website.  He has led us through dark times and rewarded us for our patience and understanding.  I loooooove my boy, but certainly glad year 1 is under our belts.

He has a Wuxi special haircut because of mishaps with the shears....ooooppppppssssss


a Tonggu Momma said...

Congratulations on one year together!

Wuxi Mommy said...

Peanut still talks about your little guy so often! I'll never forget that day as long as I live. Such an amazing experience, and such a blessing to share it with you! I was wondering about the haircut....totally understand....LOL:)

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

What a beautiful story! He sure has a smile that could light up the room! Happy One Year!

Love and blessings,

laurel said...

I can't believe it has been a year! So glad he is secure in his love and family now.

Flamingo Mama said...

love the update!

crazy about the shoes. yao yao NEVER wanted to take her shoes off at first. the first months home she always watned to get dressed right away and shoes 1st thing. uugh. i would make her stay in jammmies and she quickly adjusted the flamingo househould style:) the shoes aren't an issue anymore either!:) i forgot about all of that until i just wrote it!

Faith, Hope, and Love said...

Have a Happy Easter with your beautiful family!

Love and blessings,

Bonnie said...

Wonderful to see pictures of your beautiful kiddos! Hard to believe it has been a year since China. I have many fond memories of our time together. I will post new pics of Chloe and Allan (JunKe) soon.

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