Beautiful Life

Hey child up and go; A big world is out there waiting for us to live in every day. Outside you will find, there is love all around you; Takes you, makes you wanna' say; That it's a beautiful life and it's a beautiful world and it's a beautiful time to be here, to be here, to be here. -Fisher

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Best!

I can't explain it.  The attachment we have to some of the families we traveled to China with three years ago.  Maybe it is because so many of us were going through our very first adoptions.  For sure, it was the first international adoption for all eight families with our agency.

We were thrown together by our choices and God's providence into a place where everything looked/sounded/smelled/tasted/felt different from anything normal in our lives and the only thing familiar to us were the strangers we were with.  And I know that doesn't make any sense and yet.....doesn't it make perfect sense?

The experiences we had were exclusive to international adoption.  We weren't just traveling to places afar for the sake of the view.  We were being lead through cities and legal processes in an effort to soak up the culture and bring home a child.  Children many of us had waited years just to hold.  Children who when put in our arms had the whole of their worlds turned upside down and inside out.  That alone drove us to connect to the only other people that know, really know what it's like and were there with us from the beginning.

The connections with made with some of these families will most likely last a lifetime.   Three summers after returning home with Claire and I still long to be with these families for a while.  But, this summer looked like it would be one without any visits.  Just home from our 3 weeks in China with the L'il Emperor, Paul is down to just a few days of vacation for the rest of this year. 

It has been a year since we traveled to Tennessee with the Gulkes to be with the Caudills and a year since Karla visited us with Mia last summer.  I was so sad to think that I would not see any of them this year. 

But, surprise!  God smiled on us and sent the Caudills our way.  I don't know what kind of trouble that was, but it could not have been easy for them to drive away from home and therapy and doctors and work with all they have going on, to come see us. 

But, they did.  And it was a wonderful week!

They drove up ready for our welcome.....because after last summer, they knew what to expect!  Yep.  Water guns and water balloons.  It was a very wet welcome to Charleston for the Caudills.  But, they are great sports!

 Shane took it like a man!

 Anna jumped out and grabbed up the hose to fend off the soaking guns!

And YoYo just did his darnedest to look cute as he can!
Which is pretty cute in my opinion.
But, since he is my future son-in-law I could be called biased.

Our week was filled with Nerf wars!

Water Balloon fights.

And pool fun!

It was a giant happy sleep-over!

We spent a wonderful day at the beach


It was a first for this guy!

And he gave it a thumbs-up because it was awesome!

I think he looks like a natural beach boy!
Right at HOME.
{hint hint}

YoYo and Claire gave me permission to take photos at their wedding !  YAY ME!

And all to soon it was time for them to go back home.
As they drove away, I missed them.
And I miss them to this day, several weeks later.
It was such a good visit!


Where were Paul and Shane in all the pictures?

Funny you should ask.
You'll have to come back and visit again to see!


eastandwest said...

These posts always make me sad... because we had NO travel group. We were all alone... No Red Couch photo. No nothing! Boo!

I'm glad you have these great friends, though, and that you had a great visit. (We do have an extremely close agency board so I'm not entirely deprived of these great relationships). I do feel deprived of a Red Couch Photo, though. Guess I'll have to go back. :)

The Source said...

I just wanted to say that I LOVE the new family picture up there!