Tamera’s breakfast – very good – I was very very hungry!
Going into the orphanage:
Dmitry in the reception area:
Our son – his tears: (was a happier reunion for Brian!)
In his new clothes. Happier now that he is not being held by the big scary American:
Donny wasn’t too sure about the car at first.
Ahhhhhhh – that’s better! (Took a 1-hr. nap)
Lunch on the way to the hotel… looks yummy! Pork and onion kabob and flat bread. Now my (Tamera’s) stomach is upset. Hmmm…. Only chicken soup for me the rest of the trip? We will see in the morning.
A nice big hotel room now!
Mama and sisters overjoyed at the reunion!
I love this picture!!!!
Bath time for our little guy. For the other families adopting from the same orphanage as us. He is small, but appears healthy. I forgot to mention earlier… he has been on some sort of medication that sounds like “Crayon”. They say it was to help his appetite.
I LOVE HIM IN THESE JAMMIES! I have held these jammies empty for too long. Now look at him go! He is crawling much better than in June!
Isn’t this a beautiful picture of love?
And I’ve saved my favorite for last… a father looking at his son in love… and two guys hanging out. (See Jordan’s foot on his knee?)
Megan: I used to ride too! I miss it so much- funny how ‘real’ life (kids) takes over...
We have three beautiful daughters, born in 2007, 2009 and 2012 and a son born in 2009 (who arrived home December 3, 2011). After learning about the need for adoptive families of children with special needs, we began the process to adopt our son Jordan (who has Down Syndrome). He arrived home on December 3rd, 2011!. You can see photos from our trips by looking at June archives and Nov/Dec 2011 archives.
About James: We initially set out to adopt two little boys from the same orphanage. Tragically, just a week before traveling to meet them, our son James passed away of illness-induced juvenile diabetes. He was in the hospital just an hour before going home to Jesus. We rejoice that he is alive and well with Jesus.
My cousin and her husband live and care for orphans with special needs in China. The very first baby placed in their care was Corrie (alias Daisy with Holt). Over the years, she has remained in their care and now, AT LAST, a family is coming to bring her home to a forever family. She will not have to be transferred to an institution thanks to a family taking a leap of faith to bring her home.
Her family doesn't have the $25K to cover her adoption fees and travel expenses. Project Hopeful has set up a tax-deductible account to receive donations towards bridging that gap. I am partnering with her family to help raise those funds. See the Fundraising Page for details.