Last night we sat down as a family and called L. Right before we did, he sent a text saying that we could FaceTime him. And so, we did! Really kinda cool.
As we gathered around the kitchen table at the appointed time waiting for Kerri to join us, L called us before we could call him. Hmmm, I guess he was really looking forward to it.
It was a great conversation and the best part is that all three of them got to "meet" each other and engage with each other without having to wait until April 12. Zach and Sean both wanted to ask L a silly question. Sean asked if he liked unicorns ("Umm, I don't think they're real, are they?") and Zach asked if he liked cookies ("Oh yeah, I like all kinds of food!"). It was a real icebreaker between the three of them. It was also good for us to see how well they all got along.
Before we knew it, 30 minutes had gone by and we needed to say our goodbyes. This was the awkward and difficult part. L had a hard time as did we.
In the past few weeks Zach had expressed some concern that he (Zach) wouldn't like him (L). When it was all over Mike asked Zach what he thought and his response was "He's pretty cool..." And his smile added even more to that. Sean said pretty much the same thing.
It's heart-breaking to end a conversation and not tell him that we love him. All we want to do is hold and love on him but we can't for now. Some people might ask "How can you 'love' him when you just met?" My answer is simple, it's the love of God. The day we met Zach and Sean we fell in love with them. The same is true for L. We can't explain it beyond that.
We thank God for this journey and ask him to bless our endeavor to bring L home. Thank you for praying with us.