Friday, November 22, 2013

First Visit with a Boy Named E

"The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him...And let us return to the Lord. We lift up our heart and hands toward God in heaven" Lamentations 3:25, 40, 41.

.....continued post from yesterday.....

When we woke up this morning we were thinking we would pick up our referral letter at 5pm then knew we would probably have to wait until Monday to meet our boy who we will call “E.”  However, we got a surprise phone call saying that a taxi was meeting us right after our letter pick-up at TWO o’clock (earlier than 5pm!!).


It is pouring down rain here (and has been for 3 days).  We have no umbrella (and can't find a store that sells one), but I don't care because we got to meet E!!!!


He is a very sharp young boy.  He has dark hair and BLUE eyes.  He is smart, respectful and has a sense of humor.  He also told us that he loves to play sports.  When we first met him he gave us both polite handshakes.  15 minutes later he offered Tim a sweet hug and turned to give me a hug as well and held me for a few moments.  When Tim told him "We are glad we got to meet you today and spend time with you," he answered, "I'm happy I got to meet you both as well."


He very much wants to be adopted and seemed to really like us as well.  He's a very open boy as far as open to hearing about us and answering questions.  He doesn't seem very shy, but he's not outgoing either.  We really, really like him and hope things move forward well with him.  Please keep praying for God's hand in this.


Judging by the picture we took with him today, his height is shorter than Kylie, so he's probably about the same height as Andrew.  E is 11 years old, Andrew just turned 12.  Andrew's about 65 pounds fully dressed.  I'd guess E is about 75 pounds at the same height.  Andrew has a lot of catching up to do with weight because he was so malnourished for so long.  This orphanage DEFINITELY cares for the children better than poor little Andrew's orphanage did.


E’s director could not be there this evening because we got there after she left, but she sent the assistant director to supervise the visit.  The assistant director was a very friendly, bubbly “babushka”-type.  5 minutes after we pulled away from the orphanage, the director called our facilitator to ask how Tim & I liked "her boy" and then she went on and on about how a family would be lucky to have him. She bragged about him some more about what a great boy he is...almost like she was promoting him and definitely seemed on board for the adoption--such an answer to prayer.


The whole first meeting was all of 20 minutes because it's later in the evening here in Kiev and E was heading to his dinner, but still this is Day 1 or our 10-day required "bonding period" that is required.  That means we are 3 days ahead of our expected Monday first meeting.  We get to see him tomorrow at 11am for a bit longer and meet the director. 


Tim and I walked away from our first meeting very pleased with how the visit went.



1 comment:

  1. What a handsome little guy he is. I am so glad that he has been well cared for.I am so excited for your family. May the Lord continue to bless your family.