Our lost suitcase has arrived!! We were ecstatic to see it circling in the baggage claim area. It was mostly the boys’ stuff…clothes & toys. We were starting to run low on outfits – we bring a new outfit and diapers to the baby houses every day. I did get one of Patrick’s outfits back today to wash - after I asked. :)
This morning we visited Patrick. He wasn’t too happy to see us. :) We decided we were going to just ignore his crying because we can both tell this is belligerent and purposeful – he is very strong willed. I stood with him for a little bit and then sat down which he did not like but was tolerating…he seemed to prefer to just watch Andrew and I interact. He still would not take anything from either of us. One of the caregivers kindly brought us some more poppy seed cookies and gave them to me to give him but he didn’t even want that. (We can really tell the caregivers are wanting everything to work!)
During our visit with Patrick, we were praying for our friends here who had pre-court at the same time and then we prayed out loud for Patrick. Before we even finished, he showed interest in my wedding band. I took it off and he started playing with it! What a quick answer to prayer! Then he played with the stacking cups, truck and another toy that was there. He laughed and smiled! We had tears in our eyes watching God confirm to us that this IS our son and however long it takes for him to know and love us, we need to persevere! He still would stop playing every once and awhile and cry – almost as if he remembered, “Oh, yeah, I’m not supposed to like this.” :) He was very ready to go back to the caregiver at the end of the visit (we think he maybe has lunch after we leave) and definitely did not want to see me anymore but this was the best visit by far! We are rejoicing today. We know we may have to repeat is all tomorrow or even regress some but we know there is hope! Please pray the weather will warm up – we both feel that a trip outside would do wonders. When we are with him, he is always listening for footsteps, doors opening/closing, and voices of caregivers, so we would like to get him away from that. Wish we could post pictures…he is a doll!
Thanks to those of you who gave 6-9 month boy donations. We ransacked the donation bag for clothes for Calvin (who is a little smaller than we expected) and will replace with something else. This was a HUGE blessing for us!!!! We hope to get him fattened up :) a little by the time we come home but for now he is in that size and size 2 diapers.
We will write more later but wanted to share God’s work this morning and through the donations.