Today my brain is tired. We are working on getting the paperwork process rolling. I have several letters to be mailed around the world for our adoption to move forward. One envelop is ready for its trip to Florida to do criminal background checks on Brandon and I. Another is ready to go to California to confirm our commitment with our agency to work with them to adopt Vitali. A third is set for the Republic of Korea to prayerfully acquire two certified copies of our marriage certificate. The most precious paper is an electronic one on its way to Vitali. We have been given a most awesome gift to be able to correspond with Vitali in a pen-pal type relationship. I have never been so nervous about writing a letter. What do you say to a child that you pray about everyday and dream of being your son? Of course we aren't allowed to discuss any possibility of adopting him in case something should fall through and make it impossible, but besides that scenario we have faith that he will be our son soon. I know he is a 9 year old boy so I am not anticipating a long drawn out response but our prayers are that through our weekly letters that this will give him hope that there is someone out there that knows he exists, people that seem to care about him, and a family that has made him part of their lives. Please pray with us that Vitali doesn't lose hope of being rescued.
We heard an interview with Vitali and one question the interviewer asked was, "if you had a million dollars what would you buy?" His first response was simply, "Food". Food....what 9 year old boy says that if he had a million dollars he would buy food? That absolutely broke my heart. Another question was, "what was the best part about your experience coming to America." His answer was, "I got to feel like I had parents." We don't want him to just get to experience the feeling of a temporary family but we want to embrace him into our family Forever.