On July 4 we walked this hallway marking the end of one journey and the beginning of another. Nine other families were with us to claim twelve children as sons and daughters. The room we entered to meet our children has been described by others as "a holy place". Not because of the bricks and mortar but because of the transforming of lives. In the middle of the chaos and excitement it's easy to miss the magnitude of the moment. It's a moment of redemption. Now as I look back 6 months I see it clearly.
There are several photos taken that morning that now take my breath away. This is one:
The woman who had cared for JiaXuan for two years held him for one final moment. She silently stared at his face as if to impart a lifetime of memories, hope and love.
When she handed him to me he became Arthur. I was overjoyed but heartbroken for her.
Then there was this.
The moment Alyssa understood that this was the same love and pain that existed the day she became ours. She saw it. Now she gets it. She knows she was, and will forever be, loved this same way.
Guang Qing arrived in that room and in an act that was as emotion filled as a Wal-Mart transaction he was handed over and became our Philip. He was limp, pale, pasty, full of worms, covered in bites and bruises and completely beautiful because he was ours. The photo that stands out to me for him is this:
Absolutely starving and too weak to hold his own bottle but safely in the lap of one of his forever people. We will never see him in such a state again, praise God!
That morning the events in that room allowed Arthur's daily life to change from this:
And Philip's world changed from this one:
To this one
That room is a holy place. A redemption spot. Praise the Lord!
Six months home and they are gaining health, strength, confidence and love. They are absolutely thriving! We are surrounded by supportive family and friends who will never know how grateful we are. We love you!