This has been the most exhausting day emotionally of my life so this is going to be a quick post. Everything went very well. I can not believe the attention that this story has gotten. It was a media frenzy when we walked into the room. The birth family was waiting for us when we walked into the room. As soon as the family laid eyes on Christian there were outbursts of tears. His birthfather literally knelt down in front of Christian holding his hands and sobbed. The media was fighting for a spot up front so much that my sister couldn't get through to take any video or pictures. We were all overwhelmed with all the media attention, but I was particularly concerned about Christian. I was so moved by the family's outburst of emotions. Even some of the volunteers had tears in their eyes. My heart just broke for the family because there was no doubt their tears were genuine and they loved this little boy who is now almost a grown man.
From left to right: Birthfather, Grandmother, Christian
Christian with Grandmother and Uncle
I think there were at least 8 different media outlets present.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. -Psalm 147:3
Our first meal together
CNN producer, reporter and cameraman caught up with us again
at the lake (they were actually a lot of fun). We had to take this picture
because the reporter looked so funny crammed behind the helm in his suit.
We wanted to play bumper boats with them but thought
maybe the cameraman wouldn't appreciate that.
Christian at the helm- finally having fun and much more relaxed
We ended our day early because we were all so exhausted. It was an incredible day and I think it all went very well. Christian became much more relaxed and at ease by the end of the day. It is time for my head to hit the pillow. Tomorrow is the Great Wall!
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And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Rom 8:28