Our Family Tree

Friday, April 8, 2011

Today was definitely bittersweet. We had such an incredible day, but in the end we had to hug our little boy goodbye. However, us heading home means one step closer to HIM coming home.

This morning we walked into the day center just as they were finishing up class. Archie was so happy to see us, especially Ace. They ran and gave each other a big bear hug, jumped up and down and giggled. The connection that these two have already is truly incredible.

After class, we got to head outside to go and be part of a tree planting ceremony. It is a new tradition they started at the orphanage, where when a child is adopted, a tree is planted for the child and his/her new family. It was such a special moment for all of us. All of his buddies and the staff came outside. First, they tied me and Joey together so that we were one. We could each us only one arm and one leg to start digging the hole. This was to show that we could work together. I must say we were pretty good! After we got it started, they untied us and Joey finished digging. Ace and Archie both helped out on every step. Then we put the tree in, and all together we filled the hole back up. And then we got to step back and look at our special little tree, that will grow to be a very big tree!

Next we headed back inside for just a little more time to play. Ace and Archie played more "keep it up" with a balloon...by far their favorite game. Before we knew it, it was time to go. Archie got to walk us out, but he thought he was coming with us. His teacher explained to him that we had to go and he had to stay, but that we would be back to get him very soon. He was sad, but gave us each big, tight hugs. I looked him in the eye and said, "I love you, Archie," hoping he might understand, and he looked right back at me and said, "I lub you, mommy." Although I know he didn't know exactly what that meant, I am certain he had a good idea. He waved to us as we drove away and Ace yelled out the window, "I love you, Archie!!!" over and over.

The three of us are now cuddled up in bed watching a movie, dreading having to be at the airport at 5 AM!

I will leave you as always with some pictures from our day.....

When they saw each other this morning..they ran to hug. Priceless

Finishing up class time

Tied together at the tree planting ceremony.


Super excited about our tree
Ace and Archie both helped out

Stomping on the dirt together

And we are done!

Back inside...more fun with balloons

Time to go...

I love yous

See you soon, baby boy!

Thank you again for your support, prayers, and love during this time. We truly feel so blessed and cannot wait for each of you to meet our little guy!

Lots of Love!


Kim said...

That was so sweet. What a blessing to have both children bond and connect!! God knew Archie was to be your child from the beginning. I love the tree planting. I am so happy for your family!!!


Unknown said...

OMG, what a wonderful tradition - planting a tree together for the start of your new expanded family!!! I think we should repeat this tradition here in Houston when you are finally a family again. Thank you so much for sharing your amazing adventure with us. Love you all and can't wait to see you back home.

Elizabeth Ann @ Elizabeth Ann's Recipe Box said...

Oh Lisa! I cannot imagine leaving him! You are so strong! BUT it is CLOSER to having him HERE! :-) I CANNOT wait to meet sweet Archie! ;-) thank you for sharing your journey with me!

Anonymous said...

HOW COOL IS THAT?! he is so precious. congratulations!

orphans4me said...

Oh my goodness!! What a precious post! Your two together hugging! The tree-planting ceremony is an amazing idea. I know how hard it was to say good-bye to our little girl so I am teary reading about your good-byes.
Great to see Toni again.
Thanks for the blog link.
Joy McClain

Chris said...

OH, this brings back the memories of leaving our 2 little ones in orphanages in russia, heading home, and WAITING some more for the court hearings
The most painful things we moms/dads ever have to do
He is absolutely precious-
Praying for quick travel news!!

Julie said...

Oh, how wonderful and bittersweet. We are counting down the stack of paperwork so that we can head across the world to get our son. I love reading others stories. Quick travels and hope your little one is home with you for good very soon.

Julie said...

And just so you know, the wonderful Patricia H tweeted your blog and that's how I found it!

Anne said...

I am completely crying now after looking at those pictures! Gogo/Archie is so deserving of a wonderful, loving family and I can see what a fabulous fit your family is for him. It is so wonderful to see some happy in Bulgaria and especially for Gogo. Best of Luck with the rest of the process, he will be here before you know it!

kt said...

Hi Lisa, I just read all your posts. At first I was crying and then I couldn't stop SMILING!!! Archie is a darling boy who looks like he is so happy and full of life. I am so thrilled for your sweet family! The picture of you meeting him is amazing. I also just love the ones of he and Joey making similar faces - they remind me of you and Ace when she was just a baby. You are making such an amazing decision for your family and I am so glad for all of you. When does Archie get to come home? Is there any way to help? So much love and so many prayers from the Forney Family!!!! Love love love, Katie

Lindsey Lenig said...

Lisa - this is so amazing!! You and Joey are truly selfless. I look forward to reading more about Archie and Ace and their sibling bonding. Love all the pictures too.

Cat said...


I just read your entire blog. By the end was crying with tears of joy. What y'all are doing is so wonderful and utterly incredible. Archie is the cutest thing ever. You and Joey are such an example of what a strong Christian family should be! Admire your family so much and it has been so fun seeing you and Joey grow from the "awesome couple" we looked up to in middle school to an incredible family! Can't wait to read more from your amazing adventure! Lots of love!
Cat Cantrell

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