Thursday, August 31, 2017

I Told Myself I Could Like Him

Just over 3 years ago, we met this little boy and his sister for the very first time.  Jonah was just about 6 years old and Ava was 1 1/2 years old.  We met them because our family was in the process of adopting these young kids.

I will never forget our first meeting. It was slightly awkward.  Jonah was aware of what was going on, but not necessarily happy about it.  Ava, well, she was simply cute. New to walking and oblivious of the life changes that were just ahead.  I left the home they were staying in feeling like I could come to like Jonah pretty quickly.  He had a little spark.  Was healthy and energetic.

We went back a couple days later.  And the visit took a huge turn.  I will never forget the feeling I had.  I didn't just 'think' I could like Jonah.  I loved him with all my heart on the very second time meeting him.  I still tear up remembering the emotion I carried home with me that this little boy would be mine to raise to become a good man one day.

What was it?  For sure it was a God thing.  Jonah had found a place in my heart for his endearing ability to show his love.  It's a regular occurrence that I will enter a room and have him find me for a great big hug.  Followed by a sweet, 'I love you mommy'.

He is up for anything.  Give him an opportunity to play a sport and he will work his butt off to learn it and become better.  He shows huge determination in learning in school and has overcome obstacles I thought he would always be challenged with.  Jonah is liked by his peers and teachers.  He is also the one I can rely on to offer to help me with one task or another.

Happy 9th birthday Jonah!  You are one awesome boy and we love you.  We are excited for what grade 4 will bring you and your second season of hockey!  You are a joy and a blessing to us.  Best wishes for an amazing year.