"But let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice. Sing unto God, sing praises to his name: extol him that rideth upon he heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him. A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widow, is God in his holy habitation. God setteth the solitary in families..." Psalm 66:3-6a
At last, the moment we have been waiting for these past many, many months has come. The court has given us our "official visits" of seven working days!!! We are THRILLED!!!
For those of you who wonder how we got to this point, I am composing another blog that will explain all of that, to be published later. We have been encouraged by our lawyer not to post information about our adoption on social media, so I know that many of you are in the dark about it all! For now I am going to move ahead with this moment and not break it up with a lot of explanation about the adoption itself!! I also am going to be using the first names that we are giving our soon-to-be adopted children. I will officially introduce them in a later blog, after they have come home to live with us. Okay, I guess that was the "small print"... Now on to our exciting first visit!!
Currently our children are in living two separate orphanages: David and Adriana at Casa de Amor; Peter at Creamos. For our first visit, we picked up David and Adriana and a social worker from CDA and took them with us to meet their younger brother, Peter, for the first time. It felt really, really good to, finally, be ALL together as a family!!
Unfortunately, our little boy Peter had a cold and wasn't feeling super great. I was the only one that could hold him at first (bummer!) and I had to be moving the whole time for him to be happy, but after awhile he perked up!
|David meeting Peter for the first time!|
|Falling in love with Peter!|
|Adriana on the go!!|
|So much fun!|
|David with his favorite person... Daddy!!|
|Bonding with our new baby!|
|Our beautiful little girl, Adriana!|
|Our adorable, David!|
Our six older children were so happy for this day. They too have been waiting a long time and have been so supportive of all the times we have had to run out to do paperwork! Each one of them has been praying every day that their little Bolivian brothers and sister would be able to come home soon. They love these three like they were their own flesh and blood. They all have been not only willing, but eager, to leave the comforts of the U.S. to come back to Bolivia to adopt. I am blessed every day by them and their attitudes toward our adoption. God has blessed us beyond measure. My cup is full and running over!!
|Finally, all together in one place!!! Happiness!!!|
The Rudi and Carla Booher Family