Monday, May 7, 2012


Today was Silas Day!   We left very early in the morning from Beijing and arrived in Changsha, Hunan at 9 am.   We went straight to our hotel and had some relaxing time before heading to the Provincial Adoption Office at 3:30 pm.   We had to wait for about 20 minutes before Silas arrived, but it was exciting to watch other families receiving their children.

He was not happy when he arrived.   He went between being angry and very, very sad.   He would cry and cry to go home and see his Da Da (grandpa -- foster father).   He wouldn't let me near him and didn't want his backpack because he said he already had one at school.   He eventually decided he wanted it and put it on his back.   The orphanage workers left and he then seemed to calm down, understanding that it was done and he just had to survive at this point.   Our guide has been very good at talking to him and calming him down.   He did seem very well prepared for this day and what was going to happen.

He sat in the van very quietly and just watched out the window as we headed back to the hotel.   Once at the hotel, he came to me willingly and let me hold him.   Once we got back to the room, he perked up very quickly and laughed and played with Micah.   He is a bit of a goof ball and definitely all boy.   Active and stubborn and went crazy in the bath tub with splashing and putting his head under the water.

He has already started calling me Ma Ma and has repeated some english words.

But I know you really just want to see the photos of our day... so here you go!
















Charlotte said...

WELCOME! to our family, Silas. We are sooo excited to have you become one of our grandsons. It will be exciting to show you Grampa's trains this summer when your family comes to visit us.

Melanie said...

Tears of joy! Continuing to pray.

Dianne said...

Oh, beautiful, beautiful. So happy you're together. Praying for all of you.

Jessica said...

Beautiful boy, I have been checking often. Praying for you Paige. Love jessica

Mommy said...

YAY!!!!!!!! He is absolutely precious! Can you believe he's actually in your presence? Amazing! Thank you Lord!

Denise said...

So glad he is finally with you! And SO, SO thankful to hear that they prepared him for this day. One blessing of an older child is that they can be talked to and prepared to some degree. I'm so glad Micah is there to help ease his transition as well. Will keep praying!

Christine and Todd said...

I've been waiting for this post!!! Congratulations on the addition of Silas to your family. What memories you will make with 2 of your sons this trip that will last a lifetime!! Thanks for the pictures!!

the meaklims said...

Awwww, precious beyond words. So thrilled to see this precious boy finally with his forever family!


teresa said...

Soo very happy for you all! I just love the picture of your two youngest sons - precious. This was the best part of my day! :)

Marie said...

I have been eagerly anticipated this post! My family thinks I'm crazy...I'm so excited for you!
Silas is beautiful! Love that he was well prepared. We will continue to you well know this is only the beginning and sometimes it feels like things get more difficult when people focus on other things and forget to we will continue to pray in the days, weeks and months ahead. God Bless!

the meaklims said...

Had to peek back and see him again and noticed you added lots more pictures. He definitely looks all boy!! Micah is really enjoying him, isn't he?! And how it must warm your heart that he calls you Mama! Oh my... what a precious smile he has.

He is doing great, all the necessary signs to show he is upset and grieving too. Time and
love, is what he needs.


The Hull Munchkins said...

How precious! Wow, what a day you all have had. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your gotcha day... so many emotions I'm sure. Micah must be a helpful brother!! I love the pics of them both. So gorgeous!

Blessings to you all on your journey.

Marie said...

I simply HAD to take another look at that precious boy of yours! Love all the pics you added, although a few of them break my heart. So glad he has an awesome forever family!

Patrick and Christina said...

HOORAY! Tears of Joy for you!
So thankful that he was well prepared and is already calling you Ma Ma! Will continue to pray for the entire journey.

Looks like Micah is a very helpful older brother :)

Many more blessings to you all.

The Drinkwaters said...

Had to come back again tonight to check and see if there are more pictures, and yes there are!

He is so precious Paige. Seeing him crying is so hard and brings back so many memories. I am glad you and Michah are able to comfort him, and hope that today was better as trust begins to grow.

All our love from BC!

Danae said...

Paige, he is beautiful!! Congratulations!! Oh, how a few of these photos broke my heart. So encouraging that he is calling you Mama. Please be sure to let us know how we can pray for you. Love and Blessings to you.

Tim said...

Apparently he likes spicy food! They had awesome drive ins, diner and an alley for lunch.