Monday, March 22, 2010

Happy Gotcha Day Baby!


Gotcha Day
I can't believe it's been one year since we received Jack! It has flown bye. As I'm writing this the emotions of that day come flooding back. There is nothing that can prepare you for that day. I remember not sleeping the night before imagining what it would be like. When the day finally arrived we waited not so patiently all morning. Then we were taken to a building and placed in a room with equally nervous strangers awaiting their sons and daughters. Suddenly the room was chaos. Babies being placed in arms and crying and well just chaos.

They handed Jack to Eric, I think I was too stunned to comprehend what all was going on. As Eric placed him in my arms it was just soo weird. I just stared at him. This little guy who looked nothing like us, who was just a stranger. For about 5 minutes that's what it felt like. I just remember looking at his way too skinny body, his scarred lip, brittle hair, too big pink pants, and striped blue top, and too small little sandals, and thinking really this is my son. Then a few minutes later it was like yah this is my son. It's been that way ever since.

I still am not sure why God put our son in China, but there is where he was. He has been nothing but amazing. He went from not really being able to walk to running, jumping, rolling, diving, and everything else. We thought for sure speech would be a huge issue, but he's talking. We may still need speech, but boy have we seen progress. He's an amazing kid and we feel so blessed to be his parents. We also feel incredibly blessed to be some of the few people who get to experience adoption. It so changed my perspective on life..really. It taught me such a lesson in patience, and faith.

We are so looking forward to meeting up with some of our travel group this weekend. I'm so grateful that we have been able to stay in touch with some of the people who had this experience with us. How amazing a journey it has been!

Can't wait to see what God has in store next. You never know..really you never know.


Jon and Debbie said...

Reading this gave me chills! I sooo know what you mean about deepening your faith in can it not?
Can't wait to see Jack this weekend..and you guys too!

Heather said...

Awwww!!!! Happy Gotcha Day, a little late! We're so glad he's here and a part of our neighborhood!!