|dinner on the train|
|we definitely rigged up a tent from the top bunk to the floor…and set up the pack n play…and Elliot had a 12 hour night of sleep! i could hardly believe it! this is a picture looking down from the top.|
|look at the luxury people! these boys had all this space to play all day(s) long;)|
|few minutes before getting off the train. we survived;)|
|love this shot of Raja’s dad and Adam. Adam bonded better those weeks then anything we have seen before. Going to everyone really easily. It was so encouraging!|
|sweet shots of me and elliot out our hotel window.|
|Adam and Anita, Raja’s sister. she was so good with the boys like always;)|
|time with elliot.|
|love all that is captured of sweet elliot in this picture. he was looking at his dad;)|
|pack all those toys…really only needed his shadow;) i hope he never loses his love for it!|
|oh me oh my.|
|Adam was so awesome the whole time. SOOOO grateful for his health;)|
|Ill share a neat story from this picture at the end of this post|
|on our way back to Chennai to spend the night, tonight, to catch the train…we got to meet up with these 4 women. they are leading a movement of love and prayer in this nation that is truly breathtaking. raja has known them for years but we hadnt been to see them in at least 3 years. last time one of them told me as i left “next time i see you, you will have 2 baby boys”. i remember screaming a bit and thinking that was insanity and clearly invalid. so that was funny to remember today;)|
Overall, it was a really great trip. I wish I could share all the photos.
I will share a few highlights:
-Adam took more by mouth than ever before! At one feeding he swallowed 60mL of food. We still dont know what happened to make the change, but boy are we grateful!
-Adam was a token of health the entire time. Please pray for continued health for the rest of our journey (about 2 more full days to get back home)
-Adam and Elliot are showing more signs of intimacy and brotherhood. Today we found a random park and I was pushing Elliot on this little double swing, while I had Adam on my back. Raja was not with me so it was just easier to leave Adam on my back. But Elliot was obstinate in that he would not swing until Adam joined him. He kept doing his squeal//grunt noises and pointing at Adam. So I got down and took Adam down and placed him next to Elliot and they swang for a long while. It always amazes us when Elliot shows such a desire to have Adam around. Later that afternoon, Elliot was laying his head down on a bed that Adam was sitting on and Adam rubbed his head.
-The boys meeting their great grandfather who is 95 years old for the first time. I made the horrible mistake of only taking a polaroid shot of it. So granddad has it, but we dont have a copy:(
-Two really neat God moments…both related to Adam and both revealing my quickness to judge and be defensive. The manager of the hotel where we are staying kept looking at Adam when we checked in. I immediately turn into mama bear and assume he is thinking rudely about Adam (we do get a lot of horrible comments, stares, and attempts to take pictures)…. Raja went to get breakfast the next morning and the manager sat down to ask him about Adam. Raja was hesitant at first then shared. The manager broke down and shared about a disability that his own son has and how much of a struggle it has been. He and Raja were able to talk and share for an hour about raising these boys and Raja was able to share how much he has learned to see beauty and purpose in Adam’s life. Then Raja was able to connect him to a great hospital nearby the family’s home that can help provide the therapy and care their son needs (that they had previously been unaware of)
-Then, that same day, we stop to eat lunch and the table is surrounded by a good 5 waiters. I probably rolled my eyes and huffed a bit before I heard one of the men talking about Adam’s hands to Raja. Then he shares that his 2 year old daughter was born with no hands and he doesnt know what to do about it. He and his wife are so overwhelmed. ANOTHER opportunity to share love and truth with a man with a child with a disability…when I was thinking they were just being rude and obnoxious. It is amazing to see how many ways Adam’s life has opened up doors to love others, empower, and open eyes up to the gift that each life is. And it is also amazing how much our Lord has used Adam’s life to sanctify this mama’s heart;)
I could go on, but I will stop for now.
We are grateful for a great week connecting with family and friends in the south but are looking forward to returning home tomorrow;)
Love to you all.