Goodbye Ordinary

I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

The “411” November 5, 2009

Filed under: Adoption,Faith,Family,Photos — Lori @ 12:48 am

Sorry, we watch “The Parent Trap” (Lindsey Lohan) on a semi-regular basis which is where I got my title. 🙂  If you haven’t figured it out – or you don’t watch this movie! – it means the “information”.

I got to talk with the India Program Director who was just in India visiting with our son and taking photos and videos.  (Video should be arriving this week!)  She said that the sisters at his orphanage describe him as an affectionate boy, bright, active, and interested in everything.  She said that he is a delightful boy and she enjoyed spending time with him.

Levi and Poonam

The little girl sitting next to Levi has just received her album from her family and he is looking at it with her.  Isn’t she a doll?  I was told that there were photos in this album of all the kids at the orphanage so that is why Levi is so interested. 

Levi looking down

Levi is in a special needs orphanage.  As I mentioned, it is a Catholic orphanage which makes me assume there is much less Hindu influence.  She also told me that he understands a lot of English and will definitely speak more of it than the girls did.  That will be a relief, although it might cut down on the funny stories!

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The above photo is my friend’s favorite.  She said it looks like he is praying for his own family to come.  I think it is that phenomenon that happens with every child when you ask them to smile and they can only do something extreme because they try too hard.  (Or they don’t want their picture taken!)

Some other information we got is that they are going to go ahead and do the surgery that he needs. (We won’t really be sure what other medical or surgical intervention he might need until he comes home and is examined.)  I was surprised about this as I just assumed that they would not do it as they know he has a family.  But, this orphanage is fortunate in its funding and is able to take really good care of the kids.  He does not have the sensation to know when he needs to urinate and this is what they will fix with the surgery.  If it is successful, it will certainly make travel and our initial transition much easier if we aren’t dealing with that.

The Lord is sovereign in this situation and we are in prayer that he will watch over Levi and that the doctor would have steady hands and do everything with precision and the outcome will be good.  Please pray with us for this.

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I have to say that getting these photos was a bit emotional.  We hadn’t seen a new photo for about six months and Levi has grown and matured since then.  Lisa says that he is a big, healthy, handsome boy.  It is a bit hard seeing him grow up.  I remember watching Kalindi lose her front teeth and then grow back in as new photos came and I was so sad that I was missing that milestone with her.

We do know, however, that the Lord’s timing is perfect.  He knows the exact day we should meet our son for the first time.  We are all preparing ourselves for his arrival and everyone is excited to see how he will change our family dynamic.  I have a feeling it is going to get a little bit noisier!

Thank you for stopping by.  Lori

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One Response to “The “411””

  1. Kristin Says:

    Lori….what a beautiful post! Thanks for the “411”!!!

    Keep us posted as to when Levi might have his surgery…we will be praying. I remember when Caleb fell while at the care center and had to get stitches. It was hard knowing he was going through that and I was not there to be with him. So, I will pray for sweet peace for you as well!!!


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