The post you’ve all been waiting for – as you’ve patiently prayed for us and encouraged us – is finally here. This morning we met James and let’s just say now we’re 1 for 2 for orphans being terrified of us on day one (V shout out).
When we walked up to the Children’s home this morning we had no idea where the entrance actually was, so we wandered around the campus for a little while. As we rounded a corner, a woman finally noticed us and started to point to where we needed to be, but just then, a sweet little face peeked through a cracked open door and immediately recognized us. He lit up, a little shock but mostly excitement, and made several attempts to come over to us, but the caretaker ushered him back in. As we walked away to the entrance, we waved to him and gave him a “just a second” gesture.
Once we were up in a separate room, the lovely Vo, who has been helping facilitate the adoption and communication with WACAP, introduced herself and started answering our questions. A few moments later, James appeared in the doorway -he had quickly changed into his matching orange shirt- and was brought into the room by a social worker (who is also very kind and gracious).
The whole thing was a bit of a whirlwind (fortunately we recorded the whole meeting) but we had all of the questions they could answer answered and they helped James understand what the next few days would bring. Vo explained to him that we would like his name to be James Polsit, and would he mind that or should we call him Polsit, but his smile was SO big as he insisted on being called James. The women were good sports and started calling him James from then on.
He was shy and was clearly trying to behave well and do things for himself, and the women explained that he has been very excited. As he answered questions, his voice was very soft. He drew some pictures and played with some toys and mostly tried to avoid eye contact with us for the first visit. By the end, he was checking to make sure we were watching what he was doing and he was making more eye contact (so grateful for the blessing of even small gains on the first day!!). Our time together ended with hugs and he said “see you tomorrow(tomollow)” at Vo’s prompting.
A few quick things we learned: he is tiny! Somehow this Thai kid won’t touch spicy food! He thinks cats are great until he sees a video of them and then he hides (ummm)! He’s a quick study! We also found out that his best friend is being adopted by a family in the States this year, so that is good news for keeping that bond for them!
That’s all for now. Tomorrow morning we will take custody, visit the doctor for his visa medical appointment and then take him back to the hotel.
Thank you for praying, dear ones. His heart was clearly prepared for the meeting today, and we can’t believe we are finally a family. The Lord has been gracious to us and we are confidently following His leading as we bring. James. Home.