Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Day the WAIT was over. (In Video)

After 28 hours of travel; from Montgomery to Atlanta to Newark to Brussels to Angola to Kinshasa... we arrived in the Congo.

Our plane landed at 9:30 pm and we entered a humid, crowded, noisy airport that was the first taste of our son's homeland. 

Tresor, our lawyer, met us at the baggage claim and helped us navigate through the chaos of the terminal and into his car. 

The streets were fairly empty, but the sidewalks and storefronts still were bustling with life at 10 o'clock at night.  The air was smoky and thick, as the trash in the city burned in piles wherever it was laying. 

We pulled up to our "hotel," a former convent, at around 11pm, entered our room, and immediately crashed for the night. 

The next morning, we would be meeting our son. 

We were told that Tyson would be brought to us at 11am.  
However, we were in Congo, so we had an idea that we were now on "Africa Time," and that meant time frames would be a little more flexible...

We were right.  

After waiting two hours, one of the hotel receptionists, who only spoke french, found us and mimicked holding a baby.  She pointed at us, said "Baby," and indicated we follow her. 

He was here. 

Another adoptive mom, Sara Gentry, waited around those two extra hours with us so that she could video our first minutes meeting Tyson.

And here it is. . .



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23 comments:

  1. Oh Leslie - I am so thrilled for you guys. God picked the perfect people to be Tyson's parents. So thankful to be a part of your lives!! Now - let's plan a photo session!!

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    1. Operation sit-up by himself is in full swing...I've got two weeks to prepare, right? And I tried to get both of them to sit in my lap today for a picture. As you can imagine, it went awry quickly. :)

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  2. My goodness gracious! Those momma kisses when you held him for the first time made me cry cry cry! We are overjoyed for you guys and so happy that we get to hang with that precious baby too.

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    1. Thanks girl! :) I couldn't give him enough momma kisses...he's just so smoochable!

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  3. Can't even get over it. So happy for you and your hubs and your two little babes!

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    1. Thanks Katie and SOOOO excited for your news!!!! Woohoo! That didn't take long! :)

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  4. WOW!!! I am wiping the tears away. I am beyond happy for you both and cannot get over what a precious gift he is. I hope to meet him one day! Enjoy every moment!!

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    1. Thank you, Amy!!! He is most definitely a gift and we are in love! Hope our boys can all meet one day- I'm sure they'd get into plenty of trouble together. :)

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  5. Oh my gosh, he is so precious! This video made me cry :)
    We just picked up our son on June 23rd and finalized his adoption on December 15th, so your video really touched me.

    Thank you for sharing!

    meagan
    ourhomeinprogress.wordpress.com

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    1. That is awesome and congratulations to you, Meagan!!!!!

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  6. I cheered out loud when you got your arms around him. FINALLY!!!!!! I'm so happy for y'all, and for this sweet gift God has given you!!!

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    1. He is SUCH a sweet gift- we are in love- can't wait for you to meet him!!!

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  7. BEAUTIFUL!
    I had the ugly cry but it was tears of joy and gratitude that this child is placed in your home!
    Danielle
    www.backtosa2010.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Danielle! Excited to see your adoption journey unfold one day. :)

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  8. You don't know how badly I needed this. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing this. I feel God was using you to renew my hope. God Bless you all & Tyson.

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    1. Glad we could be an encouragement, Sheena! In the two years of waiting, there were many videos of other families I watched that got me through on some of the tough days of waiting! :)

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  9. Oh my gracious that is beautiful!!! Congrats!!!!!

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  10. Wow, Leslie. I couldn't stop crying. So happy for you all. Your family will continue to be in our prayers!

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    1. Thank you, Erin! And thank you for the time-zone info- invaluable stuff! We are on a good schedule now!

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  11. Leslie, i have been reading your blog for over a year now and its so exciting to see you get to meet your little man. thank you for sharing the video.

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    1. Thank you! So grateful to those that have prayed with us and followed us on this journey!!!

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