Saturday, January 2, 2010
Disgustingly cold weather in Wisconsin. And when I said something to Ted, he reminded me that 2 years ago-we were boarding a plane to travel to the other side of the world to met our third child, Alihan. Are you kidding me?? 2 years!!!! It doesn't seem possible. Little did he know that his life was changing from the orphanage life--where he was one of many with rotating caregivers, frequently changing child companions, and, although we didn't know if at the time, physical abuse---to a life with a brother and a sister and a family that adores him--and no abuse (except for the normal sibling "love" fights!). The boy has gone from a size 7 shoe to a size 1, size 3 clothing to very soon-size 7, not being able to hear to hearing the fridge open from 2 houses away--seriously he eats all the time! Today at the skating arena--where yes, I did actually skate--I was watching him skate around and I said to Ted "if we have done nothing else in our lives, we have made 3 children very happy". A sense of belonging, a sense of self, a sense of safety--and the recipients of unconditional love.