Friday, December 22, 2006
On December 20, 2003, Brett and I arrived in Guatemala City to meet our son for the first time. On the morning of December 22, we went to our appointment at the US Embassy to receive Tom's Visa. That night, we had a delicious meal at a restaurant called Kakao. Our friends from Georgia, Rose and Ken, along with their new daughter Julianna, joined us for dinner.
On Christmas Eve 2003, we flew home to Louisville, KY (we were co-pastoring a church in KY at that time). Thomas flirted with all the flight attendants and entered the United States through immigration in Houston, TX. We got into Louisville late, and drove into town as the Christmas Eve service at our church was concluding. Our manse was decorated with balloons, streamers, and a "Welcome Home Thomas" banner.
On Christmas Day 2003, we woke up in our house with our boy for the first time. We were so proud of our new baby that we bundled him up, put him in the stroller, and walked through the snowy Christmas streets to the home of some dear friends.
I can't imagine life without our son. He is the most loving, affectionate, funny little person. Looking at this picture of Thomas and his sister, taken last week, I can't believe how much he has grown and blessed our lives these past three years. Christmas will always be extra-special for being the season when we were joined as a family. Thanks be to God!