Just the clothes on his back
So many reality's from our new son's life. He is from a rural farming village where they lived in huts and cooked food over an open pit. He had never seen a vehicle until he came to live at the foster home.He has never used a utensil to eat with or used a tooth brush. His mother died when he was 2 and his father not long after. A year and a half ago he was brought to the home by a relative that could no longer care for him. He has been through and experienced more grief in seven short years then we could ever imagine. And when we go to get him,when he leaves the foster home, he will leave with only the clothes on his back. He can take the pictures, hat and blanket we sent him but none of the clothes he wears now, while living there, belong to him.
Dean's sister Terry sent GAP gift cards for Evangeline, Steele and Abel for Christmas and last night we went and got Abel an outfit to wear home. I found the cutest gray jeans in a 6 slim. They are so narrow and little but they look like they will fit him. The last measurements we got on him had him at 45 inches tall and 40 lbs. So he's tiny!
Terry fosters her niece right now and has let many a wayward or needy family member come stay with her in the past. So she has always been very supportive of our adoption of Abel. We love that she thought to send him a Christmas gift just like the other two kids even though he's not home yet.
We will bring a few more outfits with us for him to wear while we are there, like PJ's, shoes, etc, but since this is the first Christmas gift from a family member, we will make this is coming home outfit.
It's special. Thanks Terry.