Saturday, January 3, 2009

That Smile....

Look at this gorgeous little boy. These pictures are from the October '08 trip - exactly one year after meeting our precious Asa Mack for the first time. The difference was unbelievable. When I traveled in October of '07, he was extremely ill. He was severely anemic and protein deficient. He could barely keep his eyes open and, for the most part, just slept in my arms. I never saw him smile. Not once. It was heartbreaking and, to be quite honest, I was very scared for him. But the staff in Haiti told me that they had seen this before and they assured me that he would be nursed back to health.

In December of '07, I was already seeing the results of their efforts. He was still low on energy, but the improvement was evident. July of '08 was an answer to so many prayers - Asa seemed to be in perfect health and he amazed me with his physical development and his joy filled spirit. We had so much fun together and were truly able to bond as mother and son... we picked up right back where we'd left off when I returned a few months later.

The particular afternoon that I took these pictures was quite busy. I was helping to photograph some of the children for their monthly updates and it was a little chaotic. Asa was sticking pretty close to my side and I pointed over to the slide to see if he would climb up by himself. He seemed to understand and ran over... looking back every few steps to make sure I was watching. Once he got to the top, he waited to ensure that he had my full attention, then proudly slid down by himself. Now, this is a totally normal thing that my other kiddos have done. It's always so sweet to know that they want to show off for mommy. But to see Asa, the once sick and weak little boy, who could barely make eye contact twelve months before, run - climb - slide - and smile that HUGE smile... and at me. Amazing. Precious. Priceless.

9 of your thoughts:

Kristi said...

Oh Beth those photos and this story IS priceless! What a beautiful boy he is. He will be home soon.

Kathy said...

He has a beautiful smile.

Lovingmyamazinglife said...

I popped over from kimmies blog,he is so handsome,I read a few of the post and it sounds like its been a long process,we have been awaiting adoption about 3 yrs now through fostercare,alot of ups and downs,hopefully we are getting close though.I can't wait to hear any updates.

AprilC said...

Beth....I am so happy that we have walked this journey together and will see it end together. You have been my rock.

Sarah and Tim said...

so cute!

Melissa E. said...

LOVE the new look here!
and WOOOHOOO about the passport! What a fabulous gift!

Greg's Wife said...

Praise God for caring so beautifully for this precious little guy! I did not realize our first-time meeting stories were so similar. Both our boys were mega-sick and never smiled when I met them in Dec of 2007. It WAS frightening!

But oh Beth- This is going to be a WONDERFUL year for our families! I'm continuing to pray for a 1st quarter homecoming for Asa.

And I am still very sorry for your losses in 2008. I know it was a very difficult year for your family going through all this AND a Haitian adoption. That's pretty darn close to torture!

In His Love,

Wife to the Rockstar said...

He is so precious. Praying he is home really soon.

Your blog looks great!

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