Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ours

Ten months of paperwork and prayer, of fundraising efforts by cheering friends and family, of anticipation and fear hand-in-hand...and today a spikey-haired, grinning nine year old is ours.
 

In a nearly empty room in an orphanage that houses over one thousand children, I knelt to look into my new son's eyes. We both blinked back tears, but he bravely called me "mama" and greeted Alex and Monte as well. His little frame was thickened by layers of too-big clothing, and he carried a backpack from which he pulled snacks to share. Monte garnered the first grin when he pulled out his balloon tying supplies, and the boys together made crowns after Monte presented the orphanage director with a balloon monkey in honor of the new year festival.

 
After more paperwork, red-inked fingers, and plans to meet back up with our Holt guide on Wednesday for yet another round of signing documents, we headed out to lunch for Milo's requested "hanbaobao." (Can you guess at the translation? Clue: we found it at McDonald's.) We rode escalators, and he chatted at strangers and waved at every policeman we saw. When we returned to our hotel room, we met siblings and grandparents via Skype. Milo's new siblings shouted, "Nihao!" and Milo responded, "Hello!" Monte worked on some of the kinks in our translation app, and when all else failed, the language of Lego-building turned out to be universal.

 
We all have a lot to learn, but today, we left our room as three and returned as four. And this little man is holding fast to our hearts.

12 comments:

Dea said...

Love love love this! I'm guessing French Fries?? Can't wait to hear the answer!! Safe journey back home, please! <3

kathie said...

The photo of the boys hand in hand got me. Tears of joy!

Kathie

Karen said...

Fantastic! Love the photos and story of your journey. I want to go eat a "hangaber" to celebrate your new son.

Kristen Koeshall said...

Yahoo!! Praising God from whom all blessings flow!!! :)

Rachael Harvey said...

So wonderful!!!! Thank you for sharing!

Auntie Erika said...

Oh, a boy after his aunties own heart!! So fun to be on the line when you guys Skyped Gram and Papa and hear his sweet little voice. Sending love and hugs!

Laura said...

Love these moments you have captured. Love seeing Monte's gentle nurturing heart in action (hmmm...wonder where he gets that from? :)

susan said...

Love being in the delivery room with you. It is truly the best seeing our kids fir the first time no matter the way of arrival.

allison teal said...

We all say congratulations to the Schell family.Zeke says he really wishes he could have gone with you.=0) and can't wait to go see you again.=0)
This day looks too good to be true!But isn't that the way He works? So peaceful. Gifts. He loves to do that doesn't HE? More than we can ask or think. All things working for good..SOOOO thankful and excited and teary and overflowing blessed.
Belonging. The author of Belonging is with you and we marvel at that miracle of sonship over again.

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

Tears of joy for your beautiful family!!!

Diane Friddle said...

How wonderful! I love the way you write about your journey, your ur words paint such a vivid picture it allows me to feel like I'm there in the moment with you! You and your husband are so amazing, thank you for continuing to answer God's calls to adopt more children. You are a blessing! Enjoy the rest of your trip.

susan said...

I am re-reading this with new eyes. Examining the hallway and the room you first met Milo. Soon we shall be there for our Guyang. Wow. Just Wow.