Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bright--3 Years

Bright on visa day! He is completely naked under this shirt. A long story that included a very poopy baby and a very unprepared mommy. Thank goodness for the t-shirt salesmen on Oxford street!
Bright and I on our last day together in Ghana, in our matching outfits. ;-)
Bright, during his few day stay with Romana at Beacon House, until he could be escorted home.
June 15th, 15 hours in the car driving to Lousiville, then (oops!) Nashville. Tired brother and sister!Whew! After a long and confusing day we finally met at a hotel along a highway. Tired but happy, finally a family of five!I love this picture! This was in the hotel room the morning after receiving him. Bright is like, WHAT have you done to me, giving me these two as brother and sister?!
Finally home, in Sooner country!
Handsome boy, 3 years later.
I imagine one day he'll be taller than this cabinet.

Last night I couldn't sleep. Hmm...what's new? ;-) As I was laying there I became so incredibly burdened for Bright. In general I feel burdened for him. There's something in my spirit that says there are things going on with him that we haven't pegged yet. It's the same sort of feeling that I had with Samren long before we knew how sick he was. Anyway....

I was laying in bed last night not sleeping, and praying for my youngest son. Eventually I rolled out of bed and walked up the stairs. I creeped into Bright and Kendi's room to see them sleeping horizontally on the same bed (like pretty much every night). I picked up my baby boy, now going on 5 years old, and cradled him in my arms. I carried him downstairs and into mine and Eric's bed. We cuddled and talked. I told Bright his beginning story, like I have so many other times. I reminded him of the people in Ghana that still love him and pray for him. I reminded him how much I love him and how much I would always love him. Then I laid him on my belly to sleep, just like we used to sleep when it was just him and I together in Ghana. After hours of not being able to sleep, we were dreaming within a few moments--my baby and I.
When I woke up this morning I realized that today marks exactly 3 years since Bright landed on US soil. Three years! That is amazing to me on so many levels.

Baby boy Bright...you've had my heart for 3 years and 10 months so far, but it will be yours forever.


Jen 8:55 PM  

What a sweet post and I can't believe how much older he is looking recently! He is growing up! Congrats on 3 years!

Story of our Life 9:01 PM  

That lil baby face baby boy is such a handsome young man. Oh' wow is he ever. He's growing up so fast!

Happy 3 Years to a Very Bright young man!!

;-) Love, Gala

Patty 9:17 PM  

Wow---he has really grown since I last saw video of him. His speech is so clear now! Congratulations on 3 years home...those years fly by so fast.

Chrissy 8:50 AM  

WOW!! I remember seeing those coming home pictures three years ago! I can't hardly believe how much he has grown in 3 years!! Amazing. Beautiful post!