|At Hoan Kiem Lake|
|Trying Grandma's chocolate milkshake... he liked :)|
|There wasn't a drop of watermelon juice left when he was finished... |
this boy loves watermelon!
After that little man literally skipped back to the hotel all while humming a little tune (no, I am not making this up!) and aside from some fatigue, his mood stayed pretty muh the same throughout the rest of the day. He thoroughly enjoyed his dinner (and by that I mean mommy's pasta, which he definitely preferred over his Vietnamese noodles), loved his shower and was even excited about having his teeth brushed! After a nice lotion massage he curled up in mommy's arms where he fell peacefully asleep loving his life, at least for today.
Can I just brag on my son for a minute??? He is sooo smart! I watched him play with cars and blocks for over an hour this morning and was in total awe. Those of you who have spnt time with orphaned and/or recently unorphaned children know how rare it is for these kids, whether specia needs or "typical", to play appropriately with toys for any length of time, let alone a full hour. Yet there my son was driving cars back and forth, building structures of all shapes and sizes, loading the back of his truck with as many blocks as possible and even engaging in imaginary play, babbling back and forth with himself in a language all his own. Samuel picks up new things quickly and remembers how to do it the next time. Over and over today he would struggle to get blocks to stick together or come apart or the tower he was building would fall and break but he never once got frustrated. He has such patience in figuring things out and is determined to get, which he does every time. His new English words for today: uh-oh, boom and all done.
My boy is also so brave... He has been hurt before yet is choosing to trust me and is already beginning to open up his heart to me. Watching him take in all these new things today has been inspiring. He has every reason to be scared, overwhelmed, angry, sad, etc. yet he is embracing each new experience and taking it all in. While I know that the grieving is not over, today was so beautiful and I feel so privileged to be a part of what God is doing in Samuel's life. This little boy is an absolute joy and all I kept thinking today was, "What did I ever do to deserve suh a good and perfect gift?".