Saturday, March 1, 2008
It all started with a picture
Exactly one year ago today I learned about a little country called Kyrgyzstan and with one chance phone call, immediately got a referral of an 18 month old boy ( we were looking to adopt a child up to 18 months old. We later found out his age was incorrect and he was 2 years. Sometimes God has to trick you into seeing what you truly want).
Although, undoubtedly he was a cutie, it wasn't a magical moment when the heavens opened and I heard angels sing as I studied the features of this little strangers face. It was an odd feeling, thinking, 'is this my son?'. Then I got his medical report and my heart sank. It listed all sorts of horribly sounding ailments and conditions. I thought this poor boy, would he ever be capable of living a 'normal' life? I wasn't sure if we were at all prepared to raise a special needs child. I felt sad and guilty and heart broken.
But fate often helps us along. By chance, someone on the Kyrgyzstan Yahoo group told me her friend was at the Tokmok orphanage right now and knew this little boy well. So I e-mailed her and shared with her my concerns about all the scary things that his medical said. Much to my relief she assured me that he was a wonderful and healthy little boy. She was able to take some pictures for me and e-mail them immediately. I can not express how happy that made me. My worries about him melted away as she wrote to me for several days, updating me on what he was doing and sharing with me that he had really captured her heart as well.
I will always be thankful to Tina, and for fate and God. I can not believe it all started just a year ago today.