This morning, our group hit the souvenir shopping strip. Now I'm not much of a shopper, but -- as with Ethan's adoption in Ukraine -- it seems important to me to have various aritcles around our home that we can point to and say, "This is from your country!" So we did our part :)
In the afternoon, we went to the transition home again...and the kids were waiting! Today, we not only got to hang out with our own children, but many others as well. As care packages were naded out and pictures started snapping, children started to appear from everywhere! Some with care packages from their forever families were so protective, hugging those plastic bags to themselves, turning away form other clamoring children. Others, alternatively, were on the lookout for anyone with whom they could share their newly acquired treasures. They are all beautiful, precious treasures of God.
We were cautioned before arriving at the transition home that we might not be permitted to bring Abu to the guest house with us. This was a scenario that I had not anticipated, and the news brought on a flood of tears. As it turned out, Mike was actually able to go with Abu and AWAA staff to see Abu's doctor. This provided a much clearer picture of what lies ahead for our family. It looks like Abu will not be coming home with us the end of this week. We are hopeful that he may join our family home in mid-September. Contrary to our earlier news, Abu and Mike were able to join Deslegn and I at the guest house later in the evening.
We played, read books, gave baths, ate our first meal together (pasta), snuggled, and tried our best to communicate. The boys both fell fast asleep shortly after 8pm. Goodnight!
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12