But 25 minutes later, I noticed my phone started dinging like crazy. It was during a weekly prayer time that I have with some friends, so I waited. When we were done, I checked my phone and saw that they were messages from her. So I went upstairs to Matt's classroom (it was almost time for morning break), and waited for his kids to leave. There were a couple kids who needed help with math, so I helped for a minute but then told Matt that we had messages from K. A and asked if the kids could do the math later... :)
We read the messages together and learned that we had been matched with a BOY! And that he was born in February 2015. Matt said, "2015?! So he's 2?" We were truly shocked by this as we were open to kids ages 2-8 and even sibling groups. Our understanding was that most adoptive families preferred younger children, so we just expected we would be matched with older. So, shocked, but very happily.
She asked if we accepted the referral, and we wrote back, "yes, of course" and then immediately started receiving pictures of our handsome son! His face, y'all. The sweetest. I mean, he is just.so.adorable. (But we will not be posting any pictures publicly until the adoption is finalized, per the understood guidelines of adoptions in Thailand.)
We stayed in Matt's classroom for a minute soaking everything in and reading the messages over and looking at the pictures. Then we said we wanted to go tell Tyndall. But as soon as we got downstairs and saw Krissy and Abby & Bryn standing right there, we had to tell them. Krissy saw our faces and said, "you know?!" And we ran toward them and did a big group hug and I said, "WE HAVE A SON! AND HE'S 2!!!" And we burst into happy tears and jumped up and down. And took pictures. Because we want our son to know that this moment... This moment that we found out about him and "met" him through pictures was the very moment God placed him into our family. Just like it was with Tyndall. It is indescribably precious. Even with students crowding around "why are you crying, Mrs. Tricia?" and other teacher-friends sharing in our joy, at that very moment, God sunk this son of ours in our hearts.
Before we realized it, break was over and students were going into both of our classrooms. We realized we had to do real life for a little while. As my students came in and got settled, I did call my mom and send her a picture of her new grandson. :) I then told my first graders that I had just found out I have a new son. They didn't really understand, but it will be fun teaching them more about adoption this year. That was the hardest English lesson I've ever taught, and Matt would probably say the same.
Right after English is lunch time, so we went to find Tyndall in the lunch room. We wanted to tell him he has a new YOUNGER BROTHER! We told him and showed him a picture. Right away, he grabbed my phone and gave it the biggest hug and then started showing his friends "This is my brother". We spent a lot of time hugging and processing this news together (in the cafeteria filled with 1/2 of the school). Other teachers were hearing our news, and we were able to tell people who have been praying with us for these last 2 years that God has given us a SON!
Needless to say, Tyndall didn't go back to class. He probably would have been too distracted and distracting to others. Matt and I went to Chapel after lunch, and I could barely keep it together singing worship songs like, "My God is Powerful" and "By Faith". I took the rest of the afternoon off, and Matt came home during his planning periods. We tossed around a few names and then settled on a name we all liked as a family. That will be another post.
We learned more about him through the day (all through Line messaging) and just couldn't believe the way that God had given us another perfect boy to join our family.
Little boy, you are so very loved already!
Will you be praying for our boy? Will you pray for his little heart to be prepared to meet his forever family soon? Will you pray for us the next few weeks as our files go before the adoption board in Thailand for final approval? It's possible that he will be home with us before Christmas. It's a lot of change to happen in the next few weeks. Please pray with us during this time.