Thursday, November 3, 2011
Our First Introduction...
...to Noelani and Clive was very special. Before, I go further though, I really need to state that skyping with your children is NOT normal and is usually not possible. I would hate for other adoptive families to hope that they can skype with their future children when really, it is normally just not possible. And to ask puts a huge pressure on the precious agencies and orphanages who serve us families. This was a very special and unusual opportunity, and one that we all pursued for the sake of Noelani.
Having said that now, the connection was very slow and unclear, so we were not able to see the children very well. Communication was also hard. They had an interpreter and the children would look to him/her to try to understand a few things that we were saying. One sweet moment was when I said “we love you” to them, and Noelani looked to the interpreter to find out what I said, and then she repeated it back slowly in English. Bless her sweet heart! I cannot even imagine the fear that she must have...but I’m trying too. We tried to show them a few things in the house, but I’m not sure how much they were able to see. Noelani did a little dance for us - so stinkin’ precious and Clive was interested in just looking at the computer and trying to figure it out.
When we had to say goodbye, all I could think was how much I love them and want to hold them in my arms. We do think that the adjustments could be very hard for our daughter, and we are trying to prepare for that. I must admit, I’m a little scared also. But seeing them just made me love them more.
We have a new prayer request...my sister in law, Karla, was going to come stay with the children to help Kalyn, but she is feeling very sick and may not be able to come. We are praying for the LORD’s direction and leading in this. We feel that Kalyn needs someone to stay with her...and if push comes to shove, Steve may have to say home and me go alone...not our plan A.
Thank you all for your prayers and sweet encouragement for us. We still do not have our TA, but are praying for it in the next few days.