It’s not difficult to explain how I feel about my new son Carlos and my new daughter Yamilet. But to explain any of those feelings in person without tears, well that is entirely different. No way could I do that! We have now been home from Peru for six weeks and things are going incredibly well. Danny and I pause daily to discuss our awe with the resiliency and growth we see in Carlos and Yamilet. I know I am a partial mama- but they are downright amazing kids. So sweet, helpful, tender-hearted, and absolutely wonderful additions to our family. I mean every single word of that. I cannot imagine our family without the two of them now. It would have a humongous hole in it.
Carlos is a sponge for grasping and learning new information. He considers it an honor to be able to help. Seriously. Everywhere we go he is looking for a person he can assist in cooking or working. When I am cooking something he’s never tried, he tells me, “Mama, I sit right here so I can know how to do this.” Yes, he already communicates with us almost completely in English. He told me a couple of weeks ago, “Please stop talking to me in Spanish, Mama. Only English.” He still always is looking out for Yamilet and wants to make sure she is content everywhere we go. Before he feels okay about going off and playing with his brothers he has to make sure Yamilet is happy and settled somewhere and he never will choose to leave and play if he thinks she doesn’t have something fun to do in the meantime. He learns fast. If we have to explain something surrounding culture or manners- he only has to be told once. We never have to repeat something of that nature. Today he got some beads and made a flower with wire, asked me for a ponytail-holder, and attached them. He brought it to me as a gift. He is thoughtful like that. He gets along very well with his siblings and likes to be a peacemaker to help people get along. I weep when I think of our treasure, waiting all of this time in an orphanage in Peru for a family. We have been nothing but blessed by having him in our family as our precious son.
Yamilet is also doing super. She loves all things girly and adores playing pretend. She likes it when we get silly and dance all around the kitchen together. She also adores to learn, but specifically in all things dealing with arts, music, and home. She wants to learn more about sewing and is curious about how to make lots of different things. She is doing better and better with her English and is finally getting over the embarrassment of thinking her attempts at English sound silly. She makes friends everywhere she goes and always looks for someone to befriend. She is continually on the lookout for a baby to play with. Where there is a baby- she wants to be right there helping. Yamilet likes to play with Salem and Camila and likes to get Camila to play pretend that they are cooking and taking care of baby dolls together. I have seen so many changes in Camila lately. Really great things, and I think that having a sister has been wonderful for her. Yamilet is my sweet daughter and is such a blessing!
I cannot shout it enough. Through it all, God sees the end of things. He knows where He is bringing us and even when we feel like we are jumping off of a giant cliff into the unknown- He knows the end. We couldn’t be more thrilled about what He’s done in our family. I’m sitting back on this early autumn day, filled with such gratitude for a God who still does the impossible, changes our plans, and brings us right where He wants us…which is always so far beyond what we could think or imagine. What a God!