Our gotcha day happened on Saturday. We got up, ate breakfast, got our gifts ready for the nannies and workers at the orphanage and then we WAITED!! Our in country guy, let's call him D, well he was super busy on Saturday. There were a lot of adoptive families in country that day, so he had a full plate. D was going to bring the kids to us. After a long day of waiting at 3:30 D pulled up with the boys. We ran out to meet them in the parking lot. Patrick ran up to me and gave me a big hug, Constantin ran up to Matt and John shyly came up to us. We held them and loved on them. I turned to ask D about their schedules and their needs and he said, well we have a problem. The hotel had contacted D and asked us to leave as they did not accept international programs. Luckily D was able to get us a room at the first hotel that had said no. So it was a two minute gotcha moment followed by running up to our rooms, packing our bags and moving on to the next hotel. We came to find out that there are not many places that accept adoptive families primarily because they are worried about child trafficking. And rightly so! These are their country's children and although they maybe cannot care for them, I admire and respect the way they protect them. Not everyone adopts ethically and some adopt and then do not take proper care of the children. They are right to be concerned. So we got to our next hotel, got our bags to our room and settled in. It was now time for supper so we went downstairs to the restaurant and found the best thing ever!!! Another adoptive family!! Yay!!!! It was such a blessing to spend the week with the most awesome family ever!! So the boys got to play with their friends, we ate some supper and then called it a night. We were all exhausted and ready for a good night's sleep! The one thing I remember during all the chaos was thinking that the boys were so small. And they are so tiny. It was a joy just hugging them and loving on them. And my adrenaline was pumping as I ran to meet them. Such a sweet, sweet moment that I will never forget.
God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land. Psalm 68:6
Because of all the chaos we only have the one gotcha day picture, but it is a precious moment of a dad with his boys!!