There are no words to describe what it feels like to walk through the corridor of a government office headed to a board room to meet your new child. It is unnatural. You can imagine the nerves of new parents about to adopt and the fear of children who are being led through the same multi-floored building unsure of the new life that will await them.
We had done it twice before – but my heart still wasn’t prepared. Agencies try to prep families. They tell us that even though we are thrilled to be meeting our new little love, they, on the other hand, will be scared. It isn’t usually a happy union, but a meeting of sobs, fear, and unknowns.
Why was I so caught off guard this time?
I was expecting a crying two year old. Instead our little guy marched into that board room like a boss. He was carrying the little photo book we had sent him. The nanny who brought him to us pointed to the photos and asked, “Who are these people?” He told her each of our names in the photos and then pointed to us in the room and said our names again. He walked over to us and happily started playing with the bouncy balls that I pulled out of a special bag.
That was it.
I am not sure there could be a child who was more ready for a family. He has embraced us with open arms and has stolen our hearts. He has shed a few tears and asked for his nanny, but he also has snuggled deeply into my arms, is calling me momma, and is sleeping soundly as if he has always been with us.
This child is brave and amazing. He has eaten our food like a champ. He has sat quiet as a mouse during van rides and through meetings. He counts every time he climbs stairs (up to 30 in Chinese and 10 in English) and has shocked us by sitting for over 3o minutes playing with play-dough or toy trains. He is entertaining his siblings with new Chinese songs and hand motions and somehow they have been the ones to get him to smile quickest and laugh the hardest.
I wondered the most about Little Man. How would he take becoming the big brother? The first night we had Moe, Little Man curled up into my lap and said, “Thanks for adopting him, Mom. He is the most adorable thing ever.” I thought it was pretty darn adorable that he used the word adorable!
We finalized Moe’s adoption after several days in his province. We are now back at home getting to know each other. We will need to travel one more time to finish getting his immigration and visa paperwork for the States, but that can be done in a few weeks.
Tonight, as he snuggled in my arms and drifted off to sleep, I couldn’t help but think about how blessed we are. Three times we have been given precious gifts to parent. Each time I have watched as Father has chosen children that fit so perfectly in our family. One of my favorite things to remind people is that #kidsneedfamilies, but I must admit as I look into his precious face – I need each one of them too. They make me a better person – loving them calls things out in me I did not know were there. I see Jesus in a way that I never would have if I hadn’t become their mom. There are no words to describe that either.