Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Hospicio de San Jose

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY RENI



YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.


Click on the above link (in red) and then click on the little boy in red to see a great video from Reni's orphanage.

thanks for watching it.

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's A Boy!!


Finally!

The phone call we've been waiting for, for months, finally came today, 8-18-08. We have a beautiful little boy who will celebrate his first birthday on Wednesday, 8-20-08. Yes, we will be celebrating his birthday too and Tino will blow out the candles for him.

His name is Renz and he is healthy and happy and we can't wait to bring him home. We do have quite a bit of paperwork to do now, Visa stuff..... and the US Dept of Citizenship & Immigration is NOT known for their "speed" in getting things done....so we're still hoping to be able to go before Christmas to bring him home. Keep your fingers crossed!

Renz Joseph Nalagan (Reni) will be his name.... as of today anyway. We had to really think about the "Renz" thing....but it's starting to sound unique, do-able, and a tribute to his birth mother who so graciously carried him for 9 months knowing she would not be able to care for him once he was born. She wanted him to have a better life than she could provide considering she makes the equivalent of $70 a month working in a factory. She wanted Renz to have more opportunities and be with a family who could love him and care for him and give him what he deserves. We will always be grateful to her.

Renz is pretty much the same size Tino was at one year... 19.5 pounds. He has been in an orphanage since he was 3 days old, Hospicia de San Jose (St. Joseph) in Manila, so...Joseph as a middle name fits well. That has been his home, the only home he has known, where he has been cared for and nurtured since his birth. It is also a family name among my family, the Naerts. My grandfather, age 96, is named Joseph, my father's middle name is Joseph and my brother's name is Joseph, so... Joseph it is!!

The picture you see was taken 3 months ago and he clearly has more hair than Tino had even at 2 yrs. old. I love the shape of his mouth and his eyes....he is so beautiful isn't he???
Tomorrow Tino and I are going to buy him a birthday present, and a stuffed animal, that we will send to him, via our adoption agency....so maybe he'll get it by next month sometime. We are so happy and grateful and thank you all for you prayers!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

August 13, 2008

No news and we are getting very very very anxious. Every time the phone rings I run to check the caller ID....I think I'm driving myself crazy. I really really wanted to have our baby home by Christmas but that's not looking too promising as of now. Keep us all in your prayers.