Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Little Update

We are approaching a full 24 hours in Uganda.  We are pretty exhausted and plenty exhilarated.  We arrived last "night" (7 hours ahead here) around 2:00 a.m. and were able to fall asleep pretty quick.  After some orientation in with our host organization here we were able to head out and meet our little boy (officially referring to him as "Jr" from here on out).  We had been given a heads up that Jr would likely be a little nervous and maybe even upset around us to begin with but not to worry.

They were right on.  He was very scared at first (and still somewhat scared of me by the end of the visit), but all that unfolded in the 2 1/2 hours we were able to spend with him was pretty amazing.

Some quick hits/ thoughts from today:
  • There is something amazing about a mom, whether physically biological or "spiritually biological" (made that term up about 2 hours ago).  What I witnessed between Janelle and Jr was nothing short of a miracle.  The kid was snuggled into her like you wouldn't believe by the end of the time.
  • Hearing the series of events that created the convergence of Jr on the verge of becoming a Prenkert only confirmed all the more that God is in the middle of this all.
  • There are plenty of orphans in the world.  If you're a married couple of parenting age and have never thought about adopting, can I ask you to at least take a moment to prayerfully consider?
  • No two kids are the same.  No two adoptions are the same either.
  • I'm praying I can get a huge smile and a belly laugh out of Jr before we say goodbye (for now) to Jr.
Keep praying for the bonding over the next 3 days.  Pray for a smooth court date.  We saw prayers answered today.


blckspdr said...

YAY!!! Praise the Lord! I have been praying for this for so long! I am super excited that you finally got to meet! I pray that the court date will go quickly and better than anyone could hope! Good luck with Jr... I was pretty scared of you at first too! But look at me now! I can't get enough Prenkert!

Jen Bontrager said...

I was waiting for this post. Yesterday morning I woke up all nervous for you. So glad to hear Jr. took to his mama. I'm praying for that belly laugh!

Steph said...

I'm so happy to read that things are going well! I will continue to pray, thank you for the update.

Sue said...

Praying for you more than you will ever know. It is so cool to see God's handprint over all this.