I have no idea how old he is here. I should, but I don't. I love this picture because although he is still a baby, he is starting to look more like a toddler. When I see this picture I think about the first steps he took that I missed. It breaks my heart to know that I wasn't there when he rolled over for the first time. My heart aches knowing that I wasn't there to praise him when he took his first steps or said his first word. I wonder what his first word was? I may never know.
This is the picture that started it all. As soon as I saw his picture I knew he was ours. Looking at this picture was like looking at an ultra sound for the very first time. Remember that feeling? . That is the feeling At first the agency said his needs were more than we could handle, but I spent all weekend staring into these eyes knowing that he was our son. And on that following Monday I pretty much insisted that we be able to look at his file. I spent all day Monday and Tuesday going through his file praying that God would show me a sign that this child was indeed our child. Sure enough God delivered. You can read all about it here.
On March 11, 2009 Drew turned 3. This was taken a couple of weeks before we saw his picture for the first time. He looks so big here and is obviously proud that he is 3. This is another milestone of his that we missed. When we started this process my goal was always to travel by the time he turned 4. Unfortunately that is not going to happen. Drew will turn 4 in about two weeks, without his forever family. The only thing that is comforting my heart is knowing that no matter what, this WILL be the last birthday he celebrates without us.
This is Drew and Elva. Elva works at New Day and she and Drew share a very special bond. When I see pictures like these, it me so grateful that Drew is at New Day. Although I may not have been the one that heard his first word, or watched him take his first step. I wasn't the one he ran to when he was scared or hurt. Just knowing that he had people like Elva, his foster family, and all the New Day staff makes the wait to much more bearable.
This picture was one that we received in our monthly updates on Drew. Yes, we are so blessed to receive these updates. We have been told that Drew is a loving, caring child. He is smart, affectionate and love to help others. He loves to eat and he has a great sense of humor. He is going to fit in just fine with the rest of our clan.
We are hoping to travel the first part of April, unfortunately we short some of the travel expenses. I have created a separate blog for Drew's fundraiser with some really great prizes. In fact, later today I will be adding even more prizes. I have seen the adoption community pull together do amazing things to bring these kids home. Please at least take a minute to check out Drew's fundraising blog to not only get the chance to win some awesome prizes, but to unite a little boy with his forever family.