Sunday, November 14, 2010

It's been a whole year? / It's only been a year?

The first video above was taken a couple of days after we met mason. We were still in India. The "Ah" he repeats throughout the video was pretty much his only verbalization at that point. He was so tippy up on his knees like that, and could not sit at all without just folding in half, or tipping over completely.

The second video is Mason now. He narrates our days, and asks soo many questions, always wanting to know exactly what's going on, what everyone is doing, and most importantly, what car everyone took to get here.

We took a leap of faith in pursuing this little guy. Our trusted social worker thought he would do really well in a family. We were nervous, but found his smile, his engaging charisma too much to resist. After having him home a year, I cannot imagine it turning out any other way. He is my son. I love him with all of my heart. I see him as absolutely perfect, and a true gift from God.

I love that Mason struggles to do so much that other children do so easily, but he struggles with a big old grin on his face. He'll try anything for anyone, and then say "thank you" (or "keanu" in Masonese) for the opportunity.

I love that my other children have not been hindered by him, they have grown and become more compassionate because of him.

As we celebrate a year together, I am so grateful for so many things. . . I am grateful that Mason's birthparents made a plan for him that gave him a chance to get the care he needed. I am grateful that the Ayahs at Matri Sneha gave him love and care for he first 2.5 years of his life. I am grateful that Tami sent that email, just in case anyone on our forum may have been interested. I am grateful that despite the questions, and concerns of many among us that we took that leap of faith, and that those questioning us are now his biggest supporters.

Adoption is miraculous. Waiting children need an opportunity to blossom. I'm so glad he's no waiting anymore, and that he has helped our family to blossom as much as we have helped him.

Happy Gotcha Day, Mason!!


Cindy said...

Your post is so true on all it! Happy Gotcha Day Mason!!! We love you!

Sara said...

Happy Gotcha Day, Mason! So encouraging to see such progress but even more, such contentment, acceptance and love for a special little boy!

Rachel said...

Happy Gotcha Day Mason! You're my favorite little Indian - second to Sunshine of course! I'll never forget your grinning face when I visited your orphanage. You are a special guy and I know God has great plans for you!

Not By Chance said...

"I did it."



Traci said...

Happy Gotcha Day! I'm all teary eyed. What a blessed family.

Pam said...

I LOVE this!!! Happy Gotcha Day Mason! What a blessing you are!

Marleina said...

I was reading your blog while two of my 8th graders were working on their computers. They saw me tear up and wanted to know what I was looking at. Even they were amazed at how Mason has grown and changed. What a blessing for him and you all to be joined as a family.

Anonymous said...

Mason, you have been such a great addition to this family. Your smile inspires me daily. Can't imagine a day without you.