24-hour Sam, day 1

Sam is at the apartment, and he is loving it. He threw up and pooped in the first three hours, and he slept 11 hours last night. He has eaten everything we have given him, and even took a bath, although the bath was like torture. Things have gone really smoothly so far. It’s very surreal right now, but so cool. It’s sort of hard to put into words. This is what we have been working 2 years to get to, now he’s in the apartment with us. Mom and Sam are playing in the floor right now.

Here are a few pictures captured by iPhone technology.

So things are good, and we are back to another waiting game. We are praying and trusting our coordinators all we can because we have very little clue what is going on right now. Hopefully we will be headed home very soon.

We met a lady in the baby house who is from the Dallas area. She is adopting one of the little girls in Sam’s class. How crazy is that?! Not only a little Kazakh person, but one of the girls who grew up in Sam’s class with him will be living in the DFW area soon. We were very excited to meet her.  And what an answer to our prayers already. The day after we posted the blog about praying deeply for moms and dads for these little kids a mom shows up for one of them. We will continue praying, but it’s cool to see answers like that.

This is Aaron, and I want to make a clarifying statement, as well. On another one of our posts we had a comment from some friends here about other children and their situation in the baby house. While we are pleading for parents for these guys, person to person and in prayer, the reality is that some of them are not available for adoption at this point. There are different reasons for that, and some will join the available ranks sometime in the future, but things are not as simple as we might make them sound. I think most of our readers have gotten that message of complication and difficulty as you’ve followed us. It’s just a reality and an acceptable side effect.

Part of the heart that father has grown in us during the last two years is to be advocates for these little people, not just here but in general. We want to be ambassadors for their cause, and we really hope that people who have followed our story will consider adoption because of the great life-giving picture that it is. We hope that we can walk through the process with families in the future, and our appeal here, along with any pictures, are to illustrate the need and the mass of little faces and lives out there. These kids are by no means the end of the story, and a total of 4 from Sam’s class have been adopted or are in process during our time here, so good things are happening. We’ve done our best to share our hearts, and these are some of the people who have impacted our hearts on this journey, both big and little people.

Thank you guys for reading and walking so consistently. We love you.

8 responses to “24-hour Sam, day 1

  • Aaron Hamilton

    I’m gonna go ahead and say that we need a new blog post!!! What’s going on over there??

  • Meagan Brown

    It’s only been 7 or 8 weeks?? It seems like it’s been a lot longer than that!! I’m so excited about where things are at in the paperwork process and all that…now I just want you three home!! Can’t wait to meet Sam 🙂

  • Dwayne

    Love you guys!

  • Crystal

    Just so excited for ya’ll….Can’t believe it’s already been 7 weeks. Ready for you to be home.

  • Maria

    congratulations, charity and aaron! your child is finally with you, where you have wanted him to be for so long, where he belongs. best wishes in this time of great transition.

  • Jane Peterson

    What a sweetie! I’m glad Sam is “semi-home” in the apt. with you & hope you will be on this side of the world very soon. (Actually, wherever YOU are is HOME for Sam, from now on!) Love, Jane, for Neal also

  • Aunt Elisabeth

    Oh my precious nephew is home. Kinda…I can’t wait for him to arrive at his home on this side of the planet. He is so precious! We love him and we love y’all! True religion…taken care of widows and orphans…very true. Sam is no longer an orphan! How awesome is that! Give him a big oh fat kiss on the cheeck from Aunt Elisabeth and tell him Jonny can’t wait to dance with his “little brother” (that’s what Jonny calls him). Love y’all.

  • Angela

    Aaron, you couldn’t possibly be a better advocate for adoption in general. I totally get what your saying. We the church should be emptying out every orphange. Can’t wait to embrace all of you. Love ya’ll!

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