Wednesday, July 06, 2011

A GREAT Surprise for the Kids

Well it was quite the adventure just before this, but that is a separate post! :)

On our way back to Illinois today we stopped in Atlanta to have dinner with a very special guest!

It was a big surprise as I hadn't told the kids: I've learned over the years not to say much ahead of time as you never know what could happen in the meantime.

This is where we met...

I had never heard of The Varsity, but I guess it's the largest drive-in and they have a section which still serves curbside, car hops and all!

But more important was our company!

David is doing so great!

It was WONDERFUL seeing him again and meeting part of his beautiful new family!

I wish I had gotten more pictures of his family themselves!

We were finally able to return his photo album of his time in America last summer,
which he had forgotten to bring the day he returned to Latvia.

And he and Liam had fun reminding each other of the fun we had then!

He is doing great and I'm amazed at how much he's grown!

I look forward to staying in touch and continuing to be a part of this special young man's life!


Molly said...

How awesome is that to see? YAY!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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