Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The First Day

It was surreal to have the boys here last night sleeping in the next room.  I found out late in the afternoon (about 4:00 p.m. here) that I could take custody of them. So Alana, Easton, and I had them change their clothes at the Transition Home, say goodbye to their friends and nannies, and we busted out of that joint!

Here they are in their new duds:

We had dinner together last night, which for Paulos, consisted of bread only.  He refused to try the soup, veggies, or fruit.  Yohannes tried it and did okay.

Then everyone had a bath and put on pajamas.  This was a new experience for the boys.  At the transition home they just sleep in the same clothes for a couple days.  I popped popcorn and we watched a movie, then all headed for bed.  They slept all night in bed, which was great.  I didn't sleep well, I kept getting up to check on them, but they were fine.

So far I have learned that:

1)  Paulos does not like to try new foods.  However, this morning I made pancakes with syrup and he ate it.  Lunch today was refused.  White bread only again.

2)  Yohannes gets a bad headache every time we ride in the car.  Hoping that when we are out of the smog and traffic in America he'll feel better about being a passenger.

3) Paulos does not like to get a bath.  He whimpered the whole time.   

4)  Paulos has a wonderful laugh.  It makes you smile to listen to it.

5) Yohannes likes to draw.  I see the purchase of many sketchbooks in our future. 

6) Yohannes is going to be a boy that will have to have limits on technology (like one of his big sisters).  He would sit for hours and play on the I-pad if I would let him.

7) Yohannes is very concerned about his younger brother and wants him to always do the right thing. 

8) Both boys think rubber boots are very funny and difficult to play soccer in.

9) Neither boy likes ice cream.  We'll have to work on that one!

10) The future will hold: tantrums from our youngest son, many more messes to clean up, but a whole lot of love and fun.
"Sing to God, sing in praise of his name,
extol him who rides on the clouds[b] ;
rejoice before him—his name is the Lord.
5 A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
6 God sets the lonely in families..." (Psalm 68:4-6a)


  1. Love, Love, Love seeing the boys in their new shoes!!!

  2. Welcome to the family Yohannes and Paulos. I can't wait till we are able to meet you. Alan and Dawn - congratulations on being able to take custody of your boys. Dawn - wow what a day on your emotions thank you again for sharing the updates and the pictures. Susan Williams

  3. So exciting to hear how everything went!! Monica Guynn

  4. Yahoo! We can't wait to meet the newest members of the Kicklighter family. God is good! Much love...Eric and Phyllis.

  5. Congrats Dawn and family!!! So happy for all of you and can't wait to meet the boys! :) Love, Aunt Lauren :)