Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Visit #3

LJ ran to the van, slapped Ben with a high-five and with a huge smile said, "Hi, dad!" His exuberance didn't stop there as he nearly tackled Ty to the ground with a hug. He was happy to see us.

Each visit LJ reveals a little more of his personality.

We took the boys to IHOP and enjoyed pancakes all around. I was pleasantly surprised at how well behaved  both boys were and that we were able to enjoy our first meal together as a family. Both boys have tremendous appetites and wiped their plates and mine clean of food!

I know it's only been a few days, but so far having two two year olds is proving easier than one. Ty is completely entertained by LJ. Ben and I actually had an uninterrupted conversation in the car as Ty's endless questions were directed to LJ and not us.

The backseat conversation was completely nonsensical, but neither boy seemed to notice. One would shout "Donuts!" and both would be in silly hysterics over who said what.

When it came to play time, LJ enjoyed taking on the big slides. Every time his feet hit the ground he would proudly announce, "I did it, dad!" and look to Ben for approval. He is quite taken with my husband. And Ty. Every time I looked, LJ was giving Ben's knees or neck a squeeze. He can give or take me, but I don't take it personally. Moms have been like shoes to this kid...they're switched out every few months.

He's never had a dad. Until now.

I know our time for bonding will come. For now, I will enjoy the interactions between my three boys.

We found out, yesterday, that we were one of sixty-five families interested in adopting LJ. I am so very thankful that God chose us.

My heart is happy.

19 comments:

  1. I love reading your updates. I am so happy that LJ is seems to be accepting your family as his.

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  2. So sweet, so happy for all of you. Lizzy was like that with my hubby too...as you said, your time will come.

    I have to say, I know nothing is in the works yet, but hearing he has a little sister in care made me smile frome ear to ear.

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  3. Well worth the wait! Praise God!

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  4. So sweet! Your updates are inspiring- I'm not sure yet if God has adoption in mind for us, but your story renews my hope of having an awesome ending to my own "becoming a mommy" journey! :)

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  5. I am overjoyed to hear how quickly LJ has taken to Ben and Ty. I had a hard time not tearing up about your "Moms have been like shoes to this kid..." comment. He is going to love you once he settles in; it would be impossible for a child NOT to love you. I'm so happy for you guys, and I love reading all of these updates.

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  6. our son was like that for a long time. he always wanted to be with Michael but slowly over time he warmed up to me. I am so glad to hear the transition is going so well.

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  7. Rebekah - I've never posted before, but I read your blog every update. I stumbled across you when my sister was dealing with infertility and chose to pursue adoption. She adopted a beautiful baby girl who is now 8 months old. Your journey is captivating, and I find your faith inspiring. I'm sure I'm one of many, but today more than any other day, I felt the urge to reach out and tell you the impact you have on complete strangers' lives. Your faith story reminds me to let God lead and be patient. Congrats on the new addition to your family. Can't wait to hear about your adventures as a family of four.

    Mica

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  8. I am so happy for all of you! And your incredible ability to see and accept LJ's perspective is unique in the child welfare system - I can see you doing so many amazing things for Lj and many other kids and families!

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  9. As always your posts bring happy tears to my eyes. I want to be a bug on the wall to enjoy every minute!

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  10. Wow - 1 in 65. So glad he found his way to your family :)

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  11. I love that LJ has taken to Ben and Ty so well. Boys will be boys together... all 3 of your boys :) Perfect!

    I'm so happy that having two 2 yr old is going so well for your family. 1 in 65. God is good!
    Best always to you and YOUR 3 boys :)

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  12. This is so wonderful. I can't wait to read the post after he is legally yours forever.

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  13. I love reading your updates! Your level-headedness will be a huge asset to you along this journey, I am sure. I'm so happy LJ seems to be transitioning so well!

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  14. Thanks for blogging your heart- I needed to read this today- so happy for you.

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  15. The phrase "but God" appears in the Bible (KJV) 43 times. Yours would be a different story too, but God chose your family for this little boy! Praise God!

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  16. So awesome to hear how LJ is settling into your family! I'm sure you'll have lots of funny stories to share about those boys! :-)

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  17. Cannot get through a post without crying. Cannot wait to meet him. What an extraordinary story!

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  18. aaaww..... Calling Ben dad already...amazing!
    he is going to love you to bits..just give him time...but is it not amazing how the love for Ben and Ty...seeing the 3 of them interact, makes your heart full...it's magical love... and so easy when God lives in your heart xx

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