Monday, December 24, 2007

Caught on Video.....Telling the Boys!

I never imagined in my wildest dreams how excited the boys would be to have 2 sisters come into their lives. I thought it would be fun to show the video...


It is the moment we've been waiting for...telling the boys. The night before we told the boys, David and I went to Flemings Steak House for dinner to celebrate the decision to adopt. When we have milestones in our life, we celebrate them at really great steak houses. In California, it was Lawry's. Here it is Flemings. So it was a Friday night and we gathered the boys in the rec room where David had the video camera set up. The boys recognized the fact that the video camera was up and knew already that there was some big news. We barely got a few words out and Evan screamed, "We're going to adopt!!?" We asked how he knew and he said Brandon saw me on some websites and put 2 and 2 together. Brandon (12) stood silent, in awe. Evan (10) was hyperventilating. Brandon had this look about him that was absolutely gorgeous. Evan then had tears streaming down his cute cheeks, speechless. This was a way better reaction than we had anticipated. This was wonderful. Their opinion mattered...so this was good.

We asked the boys how they felt about having 2 more siblings in the house. We asked them how they will feel about 2 girls. We asked them how they would stand up for them in time of need. We needed to know that this was not just a novel idea for them. This was real and permanent. By any stretch, the boys were unbelievably accepting of their 2 new sisters and they just couldn't be more thrilled. Seriously, they could not be more thrilled. The most gorgeous thing then happened and I would never have thought that he would feel this mature...but Brandon (12) after catching his breath, said he needed to take a walk. We asked him why...is there some concern? Are you nervous? He said, "No, this is just so big. I want to walk and think about it". He then took his brother and they walked together and talked. Wow! Just never saw that coming. I know my boys have big hearts, but this was really an unexpected, mature thing. They really stepped up to the plate. What sweethearts they are...ohhh! Just too much to take. Now I've got to take a walk...

Telling our family and friends was so thrilling and scary at the same time. This meant that it was actually going to happen. When I get nervous or doubtful, all I have to do is know that my God is a great God and He would not leave us alone.

9 comments:

Mitchell Mischief said...

That was beautiful! What a blessing that your boys, especially Evan, are so excited. Thy are goingto make great big brothers! Thanks for sharing such an intimate part of your journey.

Lisa W. said...

HI Sharon,
Thanks for the comment. That was an interesting reaction wasn't it? I saw your latest photos on your blog and the kids are so cute. Life is good for you in Camarillo!
Lisa

Ryan and Heather said...

That's so cute!!!
Heather
tovietnam.blogspot.com

Laura said...

that totally made me cry. I'm so glad that your boys are so excited about their new sisters. How awesome that you have that to share with your daughters one day....they will surely know how much they were loved well before they got here.

Be blessed!

Gabe said...

That was so fun. I love the way you and David capture these special moment. I enjoyed it.
Love, Terry

Lisa W. said...

Laura,
I agree with you that the girls will appreciate how much their brothers wanted them to come into our family. There will never be any doubt. Good luck on your journey...let's visit eachothers sites and encourage one another.
Blessings,
Lisa

Lisa W. said...

Terry,
Wasn't that just like Evan? At first I thought he was "putting it on", but then I saw his tears roll down his cheeks and then he was hyperventilating and I had to stop talking and see if he was okay. Brandon felt the same way, but just inwardly. What a thrill!
Miss you guys,
Lisa

Michelle said...

I ran across your blog through several other ones I was reading and have enjoyed reading your story. I have a 9 month old girl right now, but my husband and I would like to adopt internationally sometime down the road. The video you have of your boys is amazing! What a blessing the girls will be to your family and your family to those girls! May the Lord continue to bless you throughout this whole process of completely your family.

Orrange said...

I just found your blog through the ethiopian adoption google group. This video of your boys made ME cry, and I don't even know you! What amazing kids you have. We live just outside highlands ranch so it seems that we close.