Monday, December 12, 2011

Introducing Cameron Paul Rylands

 Gotcha Day- 12/12/11

The first glimpse of our newest son!


This mama's first hug!





Our first group photo!
Take two...

Cameron's Nanny translating for us


Sharing his photo album


Just as beautiful as his earlier pictures!
He is looking at pictures of my family.


My boys!!! (2 of them anyway)


The Nannies said they thought he looked a little like me! LOL  Something about his smile...

Colin stayed with Cameron while I completed paperwork for the Civil Affairs Director




After leaving there, we went around the corner to a grocery store to get some snacks and noodles for dinner.  There are no restaurants within walking distance from our hotel...


I hear all those "Awwwwsss!" No, this was not posed. Colin actually did this on his own as we walked along to the store.  Is God good or what?

Here is Cameron helping our guide check out at the store.


And this is what happens to a little boy who has undoubtedly had a really big night of good-byes and a stressful day of change!


Tom and I wish to thank each person who has prayed for this day!  We are blessed beyond measure and there is one less orphan in this world!

24 comments:

Kjbikakis said...

Happy Gotcha Day! <333 Hope the rest of your trip is safe and wonderful~ Praying for Cameron and that he bonds well with you guys <3
God is great!
God Bless~
-Kirstie Bikakis

bonnie said...

congrats on your newest addition.hope the transition goes smoothly and more families have their hearts opened to older kids by your example. Going in spring to bring home 10 yo girl..peace and much happiness. praying your journey home is joyous ,safe and uneventful- bonnie pontillo

kimjax said...

I am just crying over those pics, Angie! Colin is such a sweet kid - he looks so protective of Cameron. I'm so thrilled for you all! Love you!

Annie said...

Yep, crying again!!!!! Hehe!!!! He is SO beautiful Angie and there is NO way that child is 14 years old!!! Oh my goodness the Lord is just so great! Can you even imagine this child aging out??? Sweet, sweet Colin will be such a great big brother for Cameron!! Oh Angie, this is a glorious day!!!!

Sharon said...

Pass the tissues, Kim and Annie... Oh, Angie, he is so handsome and it looks like he was as prepared for this day as he could be!

Happy Family Day, Cameron!!!

Hugs!!!
Sharon

Rebecca said...

You have a couple of handsome boys there! Hope you have a wonderful time in China and a safe trip home!

Patricia said...

Happy ,Blessed Gotcha Day!! You are truly a lucky mama. God is so wonderful to us. I praying all goes well.

Justine said...

Absolutely dissolved in tears. God is so good! And Colin is amazing. What a testament for older child adoption! I adopted my son at age 9, so this has a special place in my heart.

Linette said...

Big brother, little brother! I love it!!

Joy said...

Congratulations!

Maile Valentine said...

After the journey you have taken to get there, it is even more wonderful to see these pictures. Cameron and Colin just seem like the sweetest boys. Can't wait until they meet their little brother at home :)

Heather N said...

OK. You may not believe me, but Cameron DOES look like you in some of the pics - especially the one of the three of you on the couch. Congrats on your new blessing. Praying that he will bond well and enjoy his new family!

Jennifer said...

The picture of Cameron and Colin brought tears to my eyes. What a wonderful, blessed day!

Anonymous said...

Happy tears here too!!! Thank you so much for sharing your journey to your sons!! Congratulations!!!

Angela

Brooke said...

Tears and goosebumps here!! He is as adorable as ever and I agree with Annie....how could he be turning 14? He is so short next to Colin...and what a great brother he is!! YAY!! Continued prayers for a smooth transition, for the remainder of your trip, and for a CA date in your favor! SO happy for you all!!

Chelsea Gour said...

Such a wonderful day for a beautiful family!

Don Clerico said...

Beth and I are so happy for you; and so glad that Colin could be there with you. Safe travels home to this side of the globe.

KarinF426 said...

Oh he is gorgeous! All of you are! There is no way that child could be left without a forever family! (But I'd get a bone age test - he's got to be younger :)
Is your guide "Erik" by any chance? From one Wuhan mama to another - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Doug said...

What a great-looking young man. Congratulations on the newest addition to your family.

Vicky said...

I just love this post, how sweet that Colin is being so helpful with Cameron! Happy Forever Family Day for Cameron.

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Yep, we awwed all right! What a radiant smile he has!

Colin is such a good big brother. Will you tell both the boys that we said hi?

God bless you and Merry Christmas!
Joy :D

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you--I advocated for Cameron ("Scott") for a while. He was so special to my mama's and my heart! We're so happy to see him in a loving, Christian family!

God bless you!
Joy :D

The Rylands Family said...

Thank you all for your notes of encouragement! Tom and I are feeling very blessed! The boys continue to get along well. Can't wait to be home to see Tom and Tommy.

AmyB said...

Your "Gotcha Day" post has me all teary. There is a puddle on my desk:)
Congrats to the whole Rylands Clan!