One year ago we stood in a tiny Ukrainian courtroom. Explaining to a judge why Auggie should be adopted. Why children need families. Why we should be Auggie’s.
One year ago, I was told we may be adopting a terminally ill child.
As it turned out, he was simply starving.
One year ago, Auggie wore two, TWO newborn sized diapers because his legs were too thin for one.
It has been a year of ups and downs. Our plate is full. Our schedules overflowing. We need naps. A lot of them.
Auggie is still very nervous around new people. He still startles very easily. He still hyperventilates a bit. But not as much.
Auggie has been our teacher this year. We have learned about patience and perseverance. We have learned about hurt and healing.
I have learned that I possess very few answers. I cannot tell you why such tragedies occur in this world. I cannot explain away 4 years and 7 months of too-little nutrition. There is no explanation for the sedation, starvation, and absolute neglect that our boy endured.
I do know there is redemption. There is life beyond beginnings. I also know there are many that are not offered any possibility.
Auggie is now 23ish pounds. And 32ish inches long. He grows.
He smiles. Big and beautiful.
If you ever wondered if you should adopt…
If you ever need another reason…
From orphan to brother and son.