More than two years ago, Matt & I both felt God calling us strongly to something. Maybe in the adoption world. Nothing more specific. We said yes, God, whatever it is, break our hearts for what breaks yours. Later, we realized he was calling us to adopt a son. Later, we saw Samuel's picture and profile and knew he was ours. Yep, I have asked God several times, "Are you sure?" What sane forty something aged people would adopt a child at a great financial cost knowing he has big health issues? We've never told ANYONE that we were sane. Think about it with me, though. I read somewhere that most kids who have Samuel's heart condition have a life expectancy of 5 years without surgery. We gave God a pre-yes. How could we do the sane thing? It was time for crazy!
Now think about this with me...Samuel is a 5 year old boy. He has all the mental and emotional energy of any 5 year old boy. The problem is that he cannot go outside and run around until that energy is somewhat released. He can't breathe that well. So that energy is pent up inside him a lot of the time. He channels that energy any way he can. So for example, he now knows exactly how much toilet paper it takes to make the toilet overflow; that his bathroom step stool helps him reach lollipops on the kitchen counter and that he can eat three before mom finishes her shower and catches him. I now know that Samuel has a temper and doesn't like his plans to be thwarted. To this mom of girls, crazy!
Some other (better) things he knows...He is loved. Hugs and kisses are welcomed. Baba, Mama, Courtney, and Cassidy will all come running when he calls our names. He will always have plenty to eat and drink. He has lots of clothes and toys to call his very own. He has lots of good (and bad) things left to learn, but I pray he will always "hang his hat" on the he is loved part.
We also learned quickly that Samuel has a good sense of humor. Here's something that happened in the car yesterday. Samuel was saying Mama over and over again. Matt decided to help me out.
Samuel: "Hey!" (Matt turns to look at him.) "Shhhhhh!"
Too funny. Here's a couple of pics.
Afraid of the bath no longer!
Corn and carrots are the favorite veggies. Corn is the most fun to eat.
Blessings to all!
"Every decision we make will be driven by fear or love. Who we toss the keys to determines a lot about where we end up." Bob Goff