|One of my very favorite photos |
of Noah ever!
What we didn't know then (or in March that year when Charlie and I were in Vietnam together completing Naomi's adoption) was that when Charlie went to meet Noah that God would be preparing his heart and then later mine, for a whole lot more than this one trip to Cambodia! We both met four other children we never DREAMED we would be able to think about adopting, much less actually DOING IT! The boy who was Noah's best friend ( and the bond between them was so obvious to us as we watched the children together) the boy to whom Noah turned to share whatever he had in his hand , was the subject of one of our very first halting English conversations. "Mommy, a boy at t'orph-nige, he like my brother. He not my brother, but like brother. Sang Thai. You go 'dop him too?" WHO KNEW that in February 2004 that request would be a reality?
When I met a little Inca -Mayan looking cherub of a toddler-aged girl behind one of the buildings at the compound, another older curly -haired girl was pulling her hair and she was crying. I picked her up, dried her tears as I told the other girl in words she did not understand to "stop that. Don't hurt this little one!" I asked the director about this girl, and was told her name, Narene, and that she had a brother, Guhn Kear and a sister, Narong, both older than she was. She was 3 they said, and the other two 4 and 6. I HAD to meet them too. No fanfare, but I watched them play, I asked as much as I could about them, knowing that the "Pipeline" was only at that point for matched children, and no more. Oh the adventures God was getting ready to reveal to us!!!!!!!!!!!!! Charlie and I compared stories and photos later only to discover we BOTH had been smitten by the same siblings. Thinking that there was "no way" for any other adoptions, he kept his photos to himself. Obviously God had other plans already "in His Book"
I have to share some of my favorite photos of my favorite first-adopted son !!! Thank You Heavenly Father so very much for our wonderful son and all the blessings that have come with being his Mom and having Noah in our family!
|Noah with Leah and Isaac August 2010|
|Isaac, Csey, Malachi and Daniel, Jon, Isaiah and NOAH, Gideon, and Caleb|
|First days of school ALPHA PHONICS with Noah (and baby Naomi)|
|WInter 2002-03 Horse drawn "sleigh" tote . Malachi pulls Noah behind Windstar|
|Noah's Giving and Recieving Ceremony 10-24-2002|
|Early photos of Noah ,age 4 and then age 5 PASSPORT PHOTO!!!|