June 18, 2008

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Wow … yesterday we started our blog by saying we were parents of two boys … crazy. Today the feeling is … we are parents of two crazy boys J. It has taken very little time to realize that Sheehan and Josiah are polar opposites in so many ways. But one thing they share in common is a surplus of energy and a zest for fun.

We survived a lengthy eight hour round trip drive today to see Josiah’s orphanage where he grew up. This proved once again to be one of the highlights and lowlights as it did with Sheehan. We were introduced to the Orphanage Director, who was very pleasant, provided us with a lovely gift, and presented us with a crisp business card to boot. Then we went to see the nannies that took care of Josiah. One of the women was his foster mother and she was overcome with emotion at the sight of Josiah and held him weeping for several minutes (then, of course, Katherine started crying too). Josiah was very excited to see her. It was very moving and demonstrated the love these people feel for the children. Then we went into Josiah’s room, to see the crib he stayed in and to meet all of the children. Quite honestly, this is one of the most bittersweet moments we have experienced in our lives. To see the excitement and bubbling interest from these children on having a visitor, and the thirst for attention and touch is so exciting, only to see the sadness and pain in their eyes at our departure. They were very interested in seeing themselves on the video camera – we faced the tv screen in their direction as we taped. They were all in cloth diapers that looked like old rags. These children need homes, they need the attention every one of us longs for, and not just receive it if they happen to cry the loudest. Our prayer is that each of these children finds a forever family.

When we finally arrived back at the hotel, the kids simply had a blast. They kicked the beach ball, danced on the floor, jumped on the beds, and loved bath time. They loved every minute of it. In fact the only sad moment was Josiah being pulled away from the bath … he doesn’t like someone telling him bath time is over.

Now everyone is asleep except Steve and all is peaceful and quiet. Tomorrow is a very exciting day of doing laundry and signing some papers. J Print Friendly and PDF

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