HAPPY GOTCHA DAY, SAMUEL JAE!!! Five years ago (YES, I SAID FIVE YEARS) Jeremy and I woke up early and boarded a plane headed for Detroit to pick up our son. We were scared to death! There were so many questions and concerns going through our heads, "What if he does not like us?" "What if I do not know what he wants?" What if I do not FEEL like a mom?" and the list could go on. We were greeted in Detroit by my parents and my uncle and cousin (who live near Detroit) and we all waited patiently, or not so patiently, for Samuel to arrive. We waited what seemed like forever and the plane finally landed. We waited with several other families who were also picking up their children as one by one the Korean escorts came through customs toting our precious children. Samuel's escort was the only male and he had Samuel strapped in a carrier on his chest. The moment I saw his little head looking around I knew it was my baby (yes, another question, "what if I do not recognize him from the picture?") I was very cautious going up to him because I did not want to scare him and if I did not have so many witnesses I would not of believed what happened next, but Samuel saw me and reached for me. I took that little baby and my heart that had been broken and aching for so long was finally healed. Samuel was a delightful baby and so far has been a delightful boy. We knew this little boy would change our lives but we would never guess how many lives this little boy would touch in just five years. I know I may be a bit partial, but Samuel is a very special boy and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for him.
Well we are in Illinois. We are going to take Sam out for lunch and then Jeremy and I are headed to Chicago for the night and tomorrow. The kids are staying with my parents and I know they will have a blast. I have posted two pictures from Sam's referral, the first pictures we saw of him, and a pictures taken the other day.