This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

4 November 2009--We are a FAMILY!

About all we have energy for right now is uploading a bunch of miraculous pictures and a couple quick anecdotes from day #1.


We prayed that God would make a family of us instantly and that we would all feel at home with each other from the beginning. About halfway through the time we spent at the children's home, it occurred to me that… God did it! This is the way it's meant to feel when you have children! They called us Mae and Pai from the first moment and gave us loads of hugs and kisses. Abraão Lucas asked Kim to chase him in the little playground and she told him that she'd chase him, but that when mothers catch their sons, they give them lots of kisses. He asked, "you have a son?" When she said, "Of course… it's you!" you should have seen his face light up with the big realization that he was a son and he had a mom. A miracle right in front of our eyes.


We ate lunch at a buffet after we left their home. By all normal standards, it was probably a disaster and everyone there probably thought we were crazy for letting children make so much of a commotion in public. However, we all ate, no one got lost, no one left hungry, and no one got hurt. Except maybe the chicken whose feet I accidentally ate. Ugh.

All in all, the day felt pretty chaotic (why would any normal person bring their four new children to the supermarket anyway?) but we're counting it a success.

16 comments:

Janet said...

THANK YOU FOR SHARING. THIS IS WONDERFUL!!
We love you ALL!

Grandpa and Gramma

sarah t said...

Awesome. That's the only way to describe this post. I'm so glad your moment has finally come! Can't wait to see/hear more to come...

Nikki said...

amazing!!! a HUGE congratulations!!!

Nikki
www.madebynikki.blogspot.com

Kyle said...

We have been waiting all day with bated breath...checking and rechecking the blog for news. We love you and are praying for you, that your family bonds would grow exponentially over the next few days. We absolutely cannot wait to meet the children! Much love, Lydia & Kyle

Rachelle, Mike, and David said...

You guys make a beautiful family--I still can hardly believe that your day finally came--after all this time. SO excited for you.

Sharon said...

Oh my. I just about cried when I read this. (I AM crying!) This is such a blessed day.

Christina Shenvi said...

So so excited for you guys, and thrilled that your first day together went so well!!

The Princess said...

You cannot imagine the smiles and laughter in our home tonight. And, yes, tears of joy. We are so excited to see the photos and love the first precious stories about our grandchildren.

Amor,
Vovo ansd Avo

Julia said...

This is such a joy to read about. Congratulations, all of you!

Brent said...

AH... I kept looking at the photos thinking.. are they photo shopping themselves in?? It is SUCH a huge blessing to see you all in the same photo.. that God has proven faithful to all our collective prayers and that the children look so comfortable and delighted to have finally met you!! Blessings on you all as you sleep.. May sleep be sweet and the fears and questions in the children's minds be silenced by the overwelming love of their Mae & Pai (and the Great Pai above).

Love from the Hixsons

Marcelo said...

Foi muito legal ver voces juntos na mesma foto, dificil de acreditar, familia completa agora,
estamos com muitas saudades e anciosos pra ver todos voces,
fiquem com Deus
Marcelo e Rose

De said...

Hello Kim.
This is Andressa (Efraim's wife)

I am so happy for you and for the kids. We can't wait to meet them. Kauan and Murilo are very excited with the new friends.....

This is for the kids.
Oi gente!!!!
Estamos muito felizes com a vinda de vcs para ca. Vai ser muito bom ter vcs por aqui. Vcs irao morar perto da minha casa e vao estudar na mesma escola que meus filhos estudam, entao a gente vai poder se ver sempre e se divertir muito juntos.
Venham logo ta!!!

Um grande beijo para voces
Tia Andressa.

Trixie Goforth said...

Granny's speechless!

Kiki said...

What beautiful kiddos! Of course, that was already apparent. Love the story of mom and son! Thanks for sharing!

mary said...

We are thrilled. Can hardly wait to meet the greatgrandchildren. Carl and Mary

Colleen said...

AMEN!!!

I think I've re-read this post about 17 times now. And my heart still races with excitement every time I see it!

Congratulations!!! Praise the LORD!