Our second post in a series about adopting boys, by adoptive Mom, Amanda…

First of all, I will tell you right away that my perspective is quite biased! I have just one child, and he is a 3-year-old gem that we brought home from China six months ago. This boy gripped my heart from the moment we met and is most definitely the sweetest gift we have ever been given.

Lately my husband and I have been talking about how there are just no words to describe how amazing our son Silas is, how well he has adjusted, or how blessed we are to be his parents.

That being said, I will give it a whirl and tell you a little about him. Here are a few words that describe our indescribable son.

Brave:  Our little boy has walked through loss and change, and taken on his new and very different life with more courage and strength than I ever would have been able to muster. I will never forget the courageous way that he walked into the room where we waited to meet him. He held a photo album with our pictures under one arm and a stuffed panda under the other. Although he was hesitant, he bravely allowed me to hold him and it didn’t take long for him to break into a smile and laugh. From that moment, he has met every challenge head-on, including saying goodbye to his foster parents, enduring hotel stays and long plane rides, doctor and dentist appointments, and meeting dozens of new people. He asks tons of questions and wants to know how to say everything. He has learned not only a new language, but a new home, foods, people, and places, and all with a smile on his face. He has accepted a big, bustling extended family and jumped right in as if he has been with us forever. I am constantly in awe of his ability to adapt and learn, and find joy in it all.

Funny:  From our first days together, it was clear Silas has a great sense of humor. Before we could even speak the same language he was cracking us up with silly facial expressions. He learned that hiding in the closet and bursting out made us laugh, and we played that game throughout our entire trip in China. Now he makes jokes and says œI kidding with a big mischievous grin. He loves to be tickled, and hides under a blanket every day when his Baba gets home so that he can find him and tickle him. He has the best belly laugh. I have laughed more in these six months than I ever have before!

Kindhearted:  Silas is warm, kind, loving, and affectionate. He likes to snuggle on the couch and will put his arms around us both and say œFamily. I melt every time! He is sensitive to other’s feelings. He lets me kiss his cute little cheeks. He runs to his grandparents and aunts and uncles to give hugs. He is obedient in Sunday school and works hard to share toys and play fair. He says please and thank you more regularly than many adults I know. We joke that he’s so great, our only job is to not mess him up!

Gift:  This child is a gift¦ a miracle¦ a blessing beyond what I ever dreamed. He is a perfect fit for our family and we are honored to be his parents. I can’t compare this experience to raising a girl, but all that I can say is that this has been the most joy-filled and exciting adventure of our lives and that we look forward to each moment with this incredible little boy!

Thank you, Amanda, for sharing about your son!

Madison Adoption Associates is expecting many new referrals of waiting children in the upcoming months, many of which will be for boys.  Interested in adopting a boy?  Contact us at sarah@madisonadoption.org to get started!