Saturday, December 1, 2012

10 Years

 Most people probably don't know this but my husband and I actually picked out a little girl.  From Russia.  Ten years ago.  Little Anastasia was such a doll, a blonde haired blue eyed beauty.  We were reviewing her file, going back and forth with what to do and contemplating if we could handle her special need.  We were very young, had no children, and were really about to move forward.  

But, I found out that I was pregnant with Maddie, so we were unable to proceed at that time.

Three years ago, it was time.  We narrowed our countries down to China, India, or Ethiopia.  We started our homestudy, trying to figure out which way to go, which country would be the best fit.  I kept looking at the pictures of all of the available children--and this little boy got stuck in my head.  Like, REALLY stuck.  He was not the little girl that I planned on going to get, he was not from India (the country we were leaning towards), and he had a list of special needs that had never even heard of.  He was THE ONE.
Yue Ting, 13 months old
Two years ago, Maddie and I went to China.  We left the weekend after Thanksgiving, and came back in December.  If I can ever find the CD with those pictures, I can't wait to do something with them.  The beginning was hard.  Christian was grieving for his foster mom, I had to go back to work a few weeks after returning to the US, and we were busy with multiple medical specialists throughout the states.

Christian, April 2012      Spring Break       Daytona Beach
But the rewards?  WOW.  I am a lucky Mama, and so thankful to have spent every day of the last 2 years with this kid.  

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