Well, I finally am able to blog. I've been going through withdrawl! We met Amarin for the first time yesterday. He is beautiful...his personality and his sweet face. He spoke very little yesterday, though the smile rarely left his face. He and Jacob played so well at the Babies Home. They went swinging, sliding and played with Star Wars action figures. All boys, no matter what their native language, know how to make the noises that go along with action figures! We were able to eat lunch with him, visit his nanny and sleeping house, see some younger children as the older ones were in school and just bond with nothing planned for us. We were also able to meet his house friends right when they returned from school... about 6 boys. Then we left to return to the hotel. Amarin stayed behind one more night with his friends.
This morning we returned for 2 hours to finish some paperwork, give gifts to the caregivers, director and the cook. We played a bit, Amarin ate lunch and then we left. The director really loved him and we could see that she was so sad to watch him leave. But she told us many times how happy she was that her oldest boy found a family.
Today we took Amarin swimming for the first time, to the beach across the street, and for a ride in a tuk-tuk. He has been so sweet, starting to speak more and laughing a lot, especially at Jacob and in the pool. We're so glad we brought Jacob. The boys are so sweet together...Amarin watches everything Jacob does, and Jacob tries to teach Amarin new things. He's also gotten after Amarin for being too rough in the pool...such a big brother! He watches how Jacob drinks with a straw, swims in the pool, digs in the sand, brushes his teeth, pulls the heads of the action figures...yep...my boys!
I can't say enough how much I have appreciated so many prayers for us. Our flights have been super (albight, long), we're healthy, Amarin was very well prepared, transition is going well, our luggage arrived perfectly, and we are just enjoying our time here. We sure do miss Laura and Charlie, but we know from talking to grandma and papa...all is very well there!
We can't post photos of Amarin, and besides, the internet speed here has been really slow and hasn't allowed many photos to be shared! Just know that we all are doing great and it's been fun...and interesting...to be back in Asia!