We had an amazing day today!
To start off the day, we went to the Ministry Office to get Nathan's referral. I believe there were 12-13 people all around a table. It felt like a grown-up, foreign IEP process. Ha Ha!
Nathan's Social Worker updated us briefly on some of Nathan's background. My mind is very fuzzy right now, so I will post the details later. I am excited to share the rest of the news with you....
Right after the meeting, we headed out for a three-hour drive to the south of Serbia where Nathan's foster family lives. We met the social worker and two of his center's worker's at the house. It was just so surreal as we approached the front door with his foster Mom saying "Mama & Tata....".
There were even more people there as we all crammed into the living room with Nathan. Let me say he is even more beautiful in person!
He has been with the family for the past two years or so and has grown quite attached to them. He has two older foster sisters who were also there. They shared lots of little tidbits with us as they both spoke very good English. The funniest thing of all is that they told us that his very favorite thing is Lady Gaga!!!! And, while we we sat there, wouldn't you know it, but on comes Gaga herself. He danced and showed his moves.
He loved to play with our FLIP camera, our digital camera, and Kevin's phone. We gave him a monkey and some "sweets"...which he loved!
Then, much to our surprise, our facilitator Jasmina asked us to go and get an outfit out of the car for him as we were going to try and take him today. The oldest sister helped me get him dressed and put on his little coat. His foster mother has a very hard time with it all. I gave her a bracelet with a heart engraved in Latin saying "Love Conquers All." She cried and cried. I had to turn away or I would have lost it too.
All was fine with Nathan leaving with us until we were outside the gate to their house. He wanted to run back, but Kevin bent down and gently picked him up while he was crying very louldy. We all hopped into the vehicle and headed off to his birth city. He only cried for a few minutes and then settled in on the SW's lap. I must admit I was a bit worried that he might not take to us....
We then arrived at our hotel, went up to our room, and noticed that Nathan had a dirty diaper. In true teamwork fashion, we changed his diaper and then he was totally fine being with us! Whatever it takes, we say!
We had a wonderful dinner at the hotel with our new friends.
It was a wonderful Serbian meal of pickled vegetables, bread, appetizers, and meat. Yum! And the best part of the whole evening was THIS.....As you can see, my little cup was full!
We gave him a bath,
a bottle of milk, and settled down for the night.
Praise the Lord for such an amazing day!