Nicholas was very "Tarzan" like today. He was climbing, jumping, and running about. He overturned chairs and kicked a little. He was really the picture that we expected as to what being "institutionalized" for years could mean for him.
We are not worried in any way about adopting him. I debated how much to show you of him. I don't want negative connotations attached to him. On the other hand, we've been honest about each of our kids so far in an attempt to educate our readers about the realities these children face as well as how "real" they are. This is Nicholas's reality. He isn't a bad kid. He is an institutionalized child. Some institutionalized children are bedridden, but Nicholas is not. He is a mobile child in a survival of the fittest environment. That is his world and he is a product of his environment. Not everyone may be ready to take on a child from his environment, but if not then you can take on one that isn't there yet and keep them from ever knowing that environment.
Here are the pictures and videos:
Next up are the videos. Look past some of the things you see immediately. Imagine how you would feel if you'd been in an institution for years and then this man showed up who talks funny. Imagine how confused he must be, how scared, and the need for some "control" of his life that he must be experiencing. Then watch for the signs that he will be "ok". Watch for the smiles, the desire for contact, and the light in his eyes. He will be ok and after he gets home you can watch God transform him. It won't be "fast", but it will be a "miracle" for Nicholas.
I can't wait to see what God has in store for Nicholas and our family
as we get the privelege of loving him each day. :)
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