His foot looks amazing! I am so impressed. Check out his photo coming home after this casting, compared to his foot in the previous photo!
post-casting on his second foot
I can't get over how great his foot looks. He had been standing on top of his foot trying to walk! This is going to make walking so much easier.
However, even though the surgery itself is a simple outpatient procedure, it has been hard on him. All of the independence we have fought so hard to give him is gone temporarily. He needs help with things he has been able to do for himself. He can't do some things he wants to. In the end this will bring him so much further forward, but he is frustrated to need to take a step back for a little while. Helping him work through that and making him comfortable has been keeping us busy!
Meanwhile we are waiting to be able to bring Amos, Daisy, Lee and Violet HOME. We had hoped to have them home sooner, but now it is looking like their pick-up trip will not be until the beginning of January. We tried to come up with some alternative plans to speed things up, but they weren't possible with the required in-country steps. We were not able to waive the ten day waiting period for them. They were also all born in different places, requiring our facilitator to travel more to complete some of their paperwork. On top of that there is an extra waiting period for Amos to be able to change his passport.
My husband will be traveling back to pick the kids up with a couple helpers. Their passports will be completed, the kids will be picked up from the orphanages, embassy and medical visits finished, and then they will finally come home. We can't wait. Even though we won't have them home in time for Christmas here, we will have presents waiting under the tree for all of them.
We are also working hard on things for the very special girl we are going back for. Her paperwork is taking longer than we had hoped, so we are sending in a new I-600A application to give us extra time to complete her adoption if we need it. I hope she will be home sooner rather than later, but it is much easier to send this in now and be prepared for whatever may happen. We are very thankful that the charity assistance her orphanage is now allowing seems to be helping her. We need her to stay strong until her paperwork is finished and we can get her safely to medical care and the love of our family.
If you would like to help with that, you can make a non-tax-deductible donation HERE that we can access immediately. You can also make a tax-deductible donation HERE that we can use once we receive travel dates. Or by donating HERE you can help provide her and other children at her orphanage the care and nutrition they desperately need.