Elijah came home on April 9, 2009. What a miraculous day that was! This adoption was a huge leap of faith for me. I literally did not see a photo of Elijah or even know his age until 3 days before I was to fly to Russia. I found that not knowing was a little exciting. How many of us know what our biological child will look like? God decides that..and all I needed to know was that God had chosen Elijah for our family. When I was sent a photo of Elijah, it was an infant photo even though he was already 2 years, 3 months old. As I sat there looking at his photo, I was overwhelmed with emotion. This was my child and I was going to meet him in a few short days! When I met Elijah for the first time, I had tears in my eyes. Here he was finally, the little boy I had waited so long for! A beautiful little boy with big brown eyes and a smile to melt my heart!
Elijah has been home for three months now. He is adjusting well to our family. He is very sweet and loving. When he first came home, he was so quiet. Now he babbles all the time and can also say ‘ball’. He attempts to say a few words and he is signing 14 words consistently so far. He also went from just standing to now taking seven steps independently. He loves to be outside and gets very excited when I bring out the bubbles or when I take him and his big brother Caleb for a wagon ride.
I am in awe of how God’s plan has unfolded for Elijah and our family. Elijah went from having no family and no future to having a Mommy and three older brothers who love and adore him. Every time I see him smile, I am reminded of what a miracle adoption is, and how God’s plan is always perfect. I am honored that God would choose us to be Elijah’s family. We have been blessed!