Monday, July 7, 2014


In a few short hours we will be making our way to the Changsha Civil Affairs office to meet our son.  We are already in love with him.  For 4 months we have studied every inch of his body in pictures.  We have read the few updates we received on him over and over again.  And we have dreamt of this moment.

At this moment Colton is saying goodbye to the only family he has ever known, his caretakers at his orphanage.  Are they crying?  Are they hugging and squeezing him tight?  Are they waving goodbye to him as he drives away to make the 2 1/2 hour drive to the Civil Affairs office to meet his new unfamiliar family?  Is he sad right now from all of the commotion?

Gotcha Day is so bitter sweet for me.  It's the day an adoptive mom dreams about from the first day you hand in your application.  2 1/2 years of dreaming of a child comes down to this 1 day.  It's the most exciting day for us, we get to hold our son and love on him face to face.  We get to shower him with tons and tons of kisses and tell him how cherished and loved he is.

Yet we know too well, that it's a traumatic day for our son.  He is being taken away from the only family and life he has ever known.  He doesn't understand any of it.  He will not be dressed in the same clothes or sleep in the same bed or hear the same sounds.

I pray Colton's transition is easy.  And if it isn't, I pray he allows us to comfort him.  

So even though I am beyond excited to meet my son.  I am sad for him that he is leaving his formal life behind.  But I promise him that we will give him the best life full of love and joy and most of all family...a mommy, a daddy and two of the best sisters in the world.

I can't wait to share our son with you.   I can't wait for you to see the miracle that the Lord has given us.