a few things of note

Finally some pictures to go with all the words. Sorry to let you down, but you don’t get to see the cute one or the pretty one. Suckers.

Where are the pictures of Sam?! I know. They are coming, just be patient. Things can be pretty volatile, and this is a huge change for us, so we want to keep a level head in how we go forward and how everyone around us responds to everything. I know that once pictures and video get out there, things can start spinning pretty fast, so we just want to be deliberate and thoughtful in how we post information, knowing that once it’s out there, there ain’t no getting it back.

I wanted to comment on some things we’ve seen so far.
1) This boy has music in his soul. When pretty much any music comes on (ipod, phone ringing, toys, singing, humming, whatever) he starts bobbing his head side to side and if he goes at it very long the bobbing turns into the “Stevie Wonder.” If yo uon’t know what that looks like, you need to find out so you can maybe start to picture this and also because you are missing out on some great music. Sam will close his eyes just like Stevie and sort of sway his head back and forth. We think prt of it is a soothing thing, but I am telling you, the boy has music in his soul.

Yesterday we put on some Norah Jones just to have some peaceful, relaxing time before we left the baby house. He loved it. We hid the ipod so he wouldn’t want to get it, but he heard the music and searched it out. Then he held the ipod and listned to Norah for almost an hour without trying to do anything else or play with anything else. He even got a little upset between songs. The boy is music genius waiting to happen. Yesterday when we got to the baby house he was playing and singing James Taylor on guitar. Crazy!

2) He loves balls. He likes to roll them, throw them, hold them, give them back and forth to us, and anything else. He loves balloons, too, I thikn mostly because they are like balls. We are going to break out the beachballs soon.

3) He has already changed a lot in four days. It is crazy how much love and attention can make a difference. We haven’t known him long enough to know how much or what all has changed, but he is doing new things and opening up more ever single day. The first day he only smiled a few times, but now he is smiling a lot. He comes to us when we see him. He is trying to walk. Today, for the first time, he let Charity hold him and he just closed his eyes and laid in her arms for abour 10-15 minutes. It was sweet and until now he wouldn’t do it. Even the other families who were there before us are saying that they can see him changing already. What an exciting time!

That’s enough for now. Enjoy. If you know or see one of his grandparents give them a hug. I know they are dying not being able to see or touch him. Thank you so much for walking with us in our journey to become Sam’s parents. For now we are justing visiting him. No court stuff or other junk has come up yet. We’ll keep the blogosphere updated on those things, too.

Much love and very full, still processing, hearts.

9 responses to “a few things of note

  • Justin S.

    That music junk is pretty exciting if you ask me. I can start piano lessons with Sam as soon as you guys get back! : )

    Man, God flippin’ rocks, and it’s so cool to see what He’s doing in and through you all. I love reading your updates, and it amazes me how Aaron’s sarcasm can still be communicated perfectly when necessary. ; ) It’s so neat to walk through this with you guys, and I can’t wait to see what else He’s going to do!

  • Bo & Julie

    that is so sweet about the music. i just picture him doing that! how cute!! then to hear he snuggled with charity…i know how much that moment meant to her. love you guys and we’re praying daily! love y’all amd miss y’all!!

  • Muriel

    OMG, we adopted our daughter from that baby house and loved karaganda. There is a girl adopting from there right now named Jennifer who is actually buying gifts for the kids from donations from our website. http://www.karagandakids.blogspot.com

    As far as karaganda. the coffee shop on the second floor of the mall ahs the BEST lattes and they come with a yummy chocolate. Assorti is yummy for lunch. Linebrew and Rainbow are great for dinner. We miss Karaganda so much. We also walked to the Cosmonaut for lunch a lot and they have wireless in the lobby too. I am so excited to read more about your journey.

  • Justin and Christy

    We are so excited for you guys! It’s amazing to hear the journey you are on and the way the Lord is not only changing Sam’s life, but changing yours as well. We stand amazed at the goodness of our God and the grace and mercy with which He loves us every day. Thank you for sharing your hearts. Thank you for sharing your struggles. Thank you for allowing all of us to be a part of your journey. We love you guys, are praying for you, and miss you greatly!!

  • Gail and Dan Harlin

    Dear Aaron and Charity,
    We are so moved and touched by how the Lord is answering your prayers and those who love you. I love why you chose Samuel as his name. And even though the purifiying process is so painful,it is glorious and kind of our H. Father to discipline you (us) as His beloved children. Thanks for your transparency.

    We pray for you each night and are delighted to see how God is answering our feeble prayers on your behalf; for the bonding and the love of each of you for Samuel , each other and for Sam to receive your love and ultimately the love of the Lord.

    Today in looking for something,I found my church bulletin from Jan .18 and Mike was talking about trials from I Peter about Jesus as a living Hope…how God uses our trials to show us our inpurities;we are marred and scarred by sin, how the trials improve our faith by purifying us!
    The Lord gave me these verses durign thet sermon and I think there is probably more, but never got the rest written, cause this paper got lost. Hope they encourage and comfort you.

    “Trials are sent to test our faith
    To see if on God we will trully wait

    Somtimes the refiner is purging our sin
    Dredging the dross, making us like Him.

    Removing the scars, ugliness and shame
    The Lord ‘s cleansing is what remains.”

    Remember this little song?!
    “Behold what manner of love the Father has given unto us, behold wht manner of love thet Father has given unto us, that we should be called the sons of God…” Teach that one to Sam the music man!
    In His service Gail and Dan

  • Maria

    i can just picture charity holding her precious baby boy. thanks for the update.

  • Crystal

    Praying Ps 145:18-19 for you today. . . Can’t wait to have a jam session with Sam!

  • Ashley and Luke

    How sweet about the music! I can just picture a precious little one bobbing his head back and forth with his eyes closed!!! So sweet! We are so glad he is warming up to you guys and bonding with you. We are praying for your sweet family! Thanks for keeping us posted! Love you three!!!

  • Marla

    We adopted our son from the same baby house & came home in January. I recognized the play room that you are using for bonding. I can’t wait to see which child is your Sam. I fell in love with all of the kids.
    Enjoy your time bonding!!!!!

    Kobe loved the singing pigs that were on the shelf in the playroom!!!!

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