On August 22, 2011 we met this amazing boy, in person, for the first time. You can read about that day here.
I remember how nervous I was about meeting him. Through all the education that we had before traveling, and all the informal conversations with other adoptive parents, and all the adoption blogs...I thought I was prepared for just about anything.
We sort of expected the "worst case scenarios" that we were told could happen.
After all, we had never adopted before.
I had never been out of the country before.
While Tom had, I had never raised a teenager before.
And here we were, standing outside the civil affairs building in Shenyang about to adopt a 13 year old boy we had NEVER MET.
I remember as we took our last picture as a family of 3 outside on the steps that our whole world was about to change forever.
Minutes later, we walked off the elevator and entered a room where this shy, quiet boy sat with a small bag of possessions.
Little did I know just how much change God had planned for the year to come!
This year has been one of many, many firsts in Colin's life. I will recall several of them here: