Friday, January 30, 2009

First Meeting

Its kinda hard to explain the feelings I went through as we pulled through the thick metal gates into the orphanage. We had just finished driving through living conditions I had never imagined and that pictures will never ever do justice to.

As we got out of the van kids ran in every direction to meet their adopting parents and the love and excitement on their faces was obvious. We kind of held back and waited our turn to meet Nerlande and Yonelson eagerly waiting their arrival. Candi and Nerlande hit it off from the first moment and she has been hooked to her hip since. It is amazing how similar her personality is to Paytons we just know they will be great friends and wonderful sisters. After Nerlande came out we were left waiting for Yonelson for nearly 20 minutes. Everybody at the orphanage kept telling us that he was just getting changed but you could tell something was wrong. Finally they brought him out and let us know that he was very sick and they were taking him to the hospital. We got to spend about 20 minutes holding him and were shocked by how tiny he is. He had an extremely high fever and obviously was not feeling well. We enjoyed our time together then hopped back in the van to take Nerlande to the hotel, we hope to see Yonelson tomorrow and our prayers are with him.