First of all, has it really been a year?!
I hate to be cliché, but seriously!
We celebrated on the 27th, but I am just now getting to this.
Better late than never.
Pretend it’s the the 28th.
This first year has not been a walk in the park,
but we have definitely had a fun time.
This guy makes us laugh.
He is funny.
He has that innate ability, that most boys have, of annoying people
just because it’s fun.
He is sweet and sensitive to his sisters.
A giving boy.
Willing to please.
A great artist.
Competitive, in a good way.
We brought him lunch and got to sit at a special table with him.
At first, he was having a difficult time understanding why we were celebrating.
The day before I showed him pictures of his Gotcha Day,
and we talked about why the day was important to us.
It is so cool because he remembers the day, and he had his own special memories to add to the discussion. I have to say that is really awesome to me.
However, it still took him some time to warm up to the idea that we were celebrating and why.
All of the sudden we hear from the back of the car,
“Yay! We gonna celebrate my Gotch!”
Then, at the end of the week, his teacher asked me if I could come and speak to the class about why we celebrate his Gotcha Day.
What an opportunity!
She said that most of the kids in his class didn’t know what to make of him, and he was kind of standoffish towards them. She felt it would be good for all of them to hear more about him.
For me though, I wanted to make sure that whatever I said was respectful of Judah and his life and privacy. I wanted to make sure I wasn’t being inconsiderate of that in any way. I spent alot of time considering it to begin with, and then praying about what to share and how. I certainly didn’t want to sound like we were proud of ourselves or that Judah was anything other than a normal kid. Also, didn’t want them to feel sorry for him or make it seem like he owed us anything.
But after praying I felt like there was a right way to do it. So, I brought cupcakes and my computer and I showed the kids in his class pictures of his Gotcha Day. I explained to them that we had wanted another child so, we filled out lots of papers, flew across the ocean, because we wanted this boy to be our son.
I showed them the first picture we ever received of him and pictures of our meeting day. Then, I showed them some funny pictures of us flying back home.
I shared that because we were so grateful for this day, we liked to celebrate it like a birthday.
Well, the kids loved it, and so did Judah.
He was so proud to be the center of attention.
And before the day was over, it seemed the ice was already broken.
Sugary bread can work wonders for friendships.
This guy is all we could have ever hoped for in a son,
and it was really great to celebrate this day!
He is one amazing kid!