Paul entered the United States on November 8–6 months ago! I couldn’t have expected the transition from one child to two to have gone any better, regardless of Paul’s Down syndrome, heart condition and other medical issues. One day, Paul just showed up. To Ben, a buddy came over to play and just never left. Brothers were born.
People comment on how much Paul has changed. Day to day, I don’t really notice, but when I look at photos, I see the difference that a caring family makes in the life of a child…
These photos were from a family that met him a month before we did. The photos that showed a boy who had mostly just given up; that, to be honest, evoked pity. These were the photos that told us he should be our son.
And then we met him. He looked so much like a baby…
He came home and began to come to life. Smiles were still sparing, but were slowly becoming more frequent. His body grew and so did his personality. His heart was healing, in more than one way. And sometime between then and now, he grew up.
And now the changes are obvious. He thrives now. He shows us that he’s ready to sit up, to get toys, to army crawl in exploration. He’s waited long enough. It’s time to live. And we’re the privileged few that saw with our own eyes the “before,” and are now living the “after.”
Thank you, God.