"To live content with small means;
to seek elegance rather than luxury,
and refinement rather than fashion;
to be worthy, not respectable,
and wealthy, not rich;
to study hard, think quietly,
talk gently, act frankly;
to listen to stars and birds,
to babes and sages, with open heart;
to bear all cheerfully, do all bravely,
await occasions, hurry never.
In a word, to let the spiritual,
unbidden and unconscious,
grow up through the common.
This is to be my symphony."
- William Henry Channing
Elijah -- yes, THE Elijah, the one I have mentioned here, here, here and here--is going to be our son!!
I cannot tell you how excited we are, and how much in awe we are of the miracle that just took place. We have heard for years that it was highly unlikely that we would be able to adopt this guy. But we have been matched and should travel in about 3 months!!
And, yes, we realize that we only came home with Christopher 3 months ago.
Yes, we realize we will have some challenges adopting an older child (he is 7).
Yes, we realize that even the notion of having 6 kids is CRAZY in the eyes of many of our friends and family members (okay, in our eyes too sometimes).
The only way I can explain it is to tell you this is our son. I have know this for 4 years, ever since I saw this photo of him from our friends in China.
(sorry such bad quality)
So, although the timing is perhaps not ideal, we are going to jump at this opportunity to parent this amazing kid.
If you want to hear the longer version of this story, I will post it soon.