Saturday, November 3, 2012

Adoption through our Kids Eye's

We are asked all the time what our kids think about bringing their new sister home. Up until yesterday, my answer was "Kyrie is over the moon excited but, I'm not sure Brooks really gets it".
 Well, then Brooks and I took the walk pictured above.  He was sick all week and we both needed to get out of the house.  I put him in the new Ergo baby carrier I scored for Olivia at a local consignment sale.  As I strapped him he, he said "Hey mama, this is my baby sister's carrier.  She doesn't have a mommy yet."  Our conversation continued: Me:"I know buddy but, who is Olivia's mommy going to be?"  B: "You"  Me: "And who will her brother and sister be?" B: "Me and Kyrie".  Me:  "Where is Olivia now?"  B:  "In China!"
I guess our boy knows more than we give him credit for.
Oh and then there is my sweet Kyrie.  We have been very open in discussing our adoption process with Kyrie since day 1.  She has asked a lot of questions but, mostly has been completely exciting in anticipating being a big sister again.  Last year, a mother from preschool told me that her daughter too asked if she could, "buy a sister from China".  I was a bit mortified that possibly Kyrie was misunderstanding this whole adoption thing.  Then I realized that initially a lot of our efforts were related to fundraising.  She was involved and helped with our yard sale, lemonade stand and even the Wild Olive tees.  We have always explained to her that the purpose of fundraising it to help us travel far to get Olivia home.  This year at school, her teachers tell me that when the students have individual time to pray out loud, Kyrie's prays always are for her sissy in China.  At home, Olivia has become part of our daily conversations, especially now that we have her picture and she is ours.  Each child has a framed photo of their sister next to their bed (thanks to Daddy who did this day 1 of receiving her file).  Often when I go in to kiss Kyrie before I go to bed I find her hugging Olivia's picture.  At night, when she says grace it often goes like this, "Dear Jesus, I pray for Olivia because she doesn't have her mommy right now.  I pray that she isn't scared and that she sleeps well tonight.  Please protect her and keep her healthy".  I am utterly amazed by this child!
During the day at home, Kyrie will look at the clock and tell me based on the schedule the orphanage gave us for Olivia what she is doing at the time.  For example, we are eating dinner at 6:00 and she says, "Hey mommy, it's 6:00, Olivia is waking up now.  It's morning in China".  Her teacher tells me that she does the same thing at school.  She even taught her teacher about 12 hr time difference in China. 
Two weeks ago, we had our community yard sale.  I took Kyrie shopping and gave her the only cash we had in the house: $10.  Guess what she bought?  Nothing for herself, but a push toy for her sister. 
I know this is a bit wordy but, I just have to document Kyrie's heart and how much a part of our lives our sweet Olivia is and we haven't even met her yet.  
I can not wait to see the love these sisters have.  I pray daily that Olivia's heart will immediately be accepting of Kyrie.  She wants so badly to have her sister here and I pray that their bond is instantaneous. 
These are some tidbits Kyrie and I have collected for Olivia.  An Asian baby doll and "God Found Us You"  (the adoption version of one of my favorite stories I read to the kids)  Will post more pictures of her room in another post.

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