November 15th of this year was Rudi's forty-second birthday. To celebrate we went out to breakfast together as a family and then to an appointment to renew our visas. The appointment to renew our visa's turned out to be ill fated, as we lacked one paper for the process to move forward. Rudi was feeling a bit blue and Emily along with him. As we headed for home, Rudi suggested swinging by the baby house, to cheer ourselves up. He then casually mentioned to the kids that Tia Rosa told him that we could pick up the little guy, E. anytime we wanted. This announcement, of course, brought on the cacophony of shouting, "Why not bring him home today?". I think this was the result that Rudi wanted because he promptly told them that we would and that it would be his birthday gift!
|Big Bro Myles with his new buddy, E.|
,We had asked Tia Rosa and Jennifer a few weeks before to assign us a new child from the baby home, because we knew that Leo had been assigned adoptive parents and would be leaving us soon. They told us that we could take E. to fill in Leo's spot, as we knew we would all miss Leo and especially S. as he shares a room with Leo. "E." has been the perfect addition to the family. When he first came he was quiet and a loner. I would find him in the corner playing quietly. Now he is the life of the party. He loves music and loves to dance when Tio Rudi and Myles play their fiddles. He is all over the house, always with a big smile on his face. He smiles even when destroying books and curiously exploring cupboards. How can you get mad at a little kid that smiles at you all the time?!
|Rudi with his "birthday gift"|
|Chow time with Paula|
|S. gives a hug to the newcomer!|