Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Nicholas Day #2- Tarzan

Day #2 with Nicholas was interesting, yet great.  I did get to Skype with him again this morning.  He was interested in the phone and was either kissing, eating, or licking me.  I am preferring to think he was kissing me, but I am betting he was licking.  haha  He was glad to see Brent this morning and wanted Brent to pick him up first thing.  You will see in the videos and pictures that there were also some great smiles today. 

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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  1. OMG! He's cute and he's going to be so much fun! I just adopted Liam from an institution in Russia although he was only there for 7 months. I didn't see anything that would make me hesitate with your little Nicholas. He looks like he is ready to get of there and join your family!:)He's very smiley and interactive. What a charmer you have there! Congratulations:)

  2. I love his giggle!!! I don't see anything but "all boy" in him.

  3. I think what you showed us is real. A toddler emotionally in a big kid body. Not scary. You have the resources and experience to deal with that and help him grow past it. Thanks for sharing this journey.

  4. What a cute guy, Amanda! Just catching up here after being away. I agree with the others--you guys are the perfect and safe family for Nicholas!

  5. No not everyone can adopt a child like sweet Nicholas. At Tom's and my ages and my MS, I would not be able to be his momma. That's why God chose you! (((HUGS)))

  6. I loved hearing him giggling and laughing b/c you can hear his "voice" much more than the scream he's learned. Sweet boy.

  7. He has the BEST little giggle!! He reminds me SO much of my Thomas (who I just spent the week with in Pazardjik), just a little bigger. I know that both of our boys will absolutely bloom and grow once they are home and surrounded by people who love them. I am on the same flight to Amsterdam with Brent tomorrow so I hope to get the chance to chat with him a little about the kids. I have really enjoyed following your journey and can't wait to see you fabulous five home with you! We are in Ohio as well (Clayton)so maybe someday we will have the opportunity to meet up at the Columbus Zoo or something (where we would definitely have to try to get a picture of our 28 kids :-)

    1. That sounds like lots of fun. I'd love to meet up. Our in country facilitator told Brent there was someone else from OH leaving there tomorrow. :) Glad to know "who"!

  8. Thanks everyone! God has a big plan for my little boy. I am so thrilled to be the one He chose to bring him home. :)

    Loving the Mommy Life