Monday, August 22, 2011

So today we had our "Gotcha Day" and met our new son for the first time in person.  I was overwhelmed at how handsome he was when I saw him today.  You could tell he was nervous-- who wouldn't be?  But, he let us give him a hug.  (Can you imagine Tom Rylands NOT hugging someone he loves?)

I'm sure I will have so much more to say once I digest all of this. I am still nervous around him, but I am trying hard.  Below is a shot of us in front of the building of Civil Affairs just before we went up to the 17th floor to meet him. 

This is the first picture that we took together.

 The whole family together for the first time. 

Colin Signing the adoption paperwork

Tom signing the adoption paperwork

This younger boy was there to meet his parents and he wanted to play with Colin.  He was great with him and helped make him more comfortable with his new family.

Colin playing with the younger boy.  He even snuck out when it was time for us to leave so that the little boy would not be sad to see him go.

Tom and Colin are on a Wal-Mart run right now buying snacks and candy gifts for his friends from the orphanage.  We plan to visit there perhaps on Wednesday according to the guide. 

When we came back to the room, the guide asked Colin to try on his clothes and we were thrilled that they all fit.  Well, the boys are back now from shopping.  Time to get busy..... More later.


kimjax said...

I am so happy for all of you!! What a handsome young man - and so tall!! I am so thrilled to see you all together! Do you have an electronic translator? CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Love you all and can't wait to meet this boy!!

Annie said...

Oh Angie!!!! Look how tall he is too! So handsome!!! I am just so, so happy for you all and the nervousness will get better and better everyday!! He looks so happy and what a sweetie to sneak out so the little boy wouldn't be upset!!! Wow! God is just so great! He has been with you for the past 4 months (big time) and will be with you (big time) in the coming months as you all become a family!!!!! Praise Him! Angie, we are all here and are all praying!!! YAY, YAY, YAY!!

GaelN said...

Yay, Yay, Yay!! Colin is very handsome and tall :)! Praying for a sense of peace, and an adventurous spirit, and love for you all!! God is good!

Sharon said...

Angie...he is soooo handsome!! What a heart he has!!!

::::crying::::: Happy tears for you, sweet friend!!

To this one you have made all of the difference in the world. :)

Stacy said...

Congratulations!! He is very handsome!!
Praying things go smooth these first few days.
I just got home yesterday from China with 2 older kiddos. One aging out girl. I will be praying for you guys!

Leah Davis Crowe said...

sweet exciting...

Redeemedmama said...

I am so certain that God's heart has been blessed. Thank you for saying yes to this fantastic boy. I pray that the rest of your trip is blessed and that your family stays under the wings of God!

Jenni Hester said...

Angie, I love your transparency in sharing your nervousness. I can only imagine how nervous I would be as well! God delights when we rest in our inadequacy so He can reveal HIS SUFFICIENCY! I pray that you will see God's covering over your needs again and again as God grows your family! Rejoicing with you! Jenni

Linette said...

Wow, Colin is tall! And yes, very handsome. :-)

Chelsea Gour said...

What a wonderful day! Sounds like he was well prepared for this. He is very handsome and we are so excited for you all!