3.23.2010

Before and After (...one month at home)





We have been home for a little over a month now. If I get lost in the minutia and busy-ness of each day, it can feel as though we aren't making much progress. But if I really take a step back and remember how things were back in February, I realize that baby Caleb is full of a joy now that was not present the first time we held him. Above are some pictures we received shortly before we traveled. These were taken after he arrived at the transition home (he had been in the Shashemene orphanage for 8 months prior to that and it was the only home he could possibly remember). They told us that he was such a good and quiet baby. But when I look at the photos above, I see a very scared baby who had shut down in an effort to control his environment in the best way his instincts would allow. Below, are a few recent pictures I took. I think the light in his eyes says it all - it was not there a month ago - and when I grow weary...this light keeps me moving forward.


4 comments:

julie said...

Oh, Tiffany! Caleb looks so different--so much more full of life. You are right. The light in his eyes says a lot. Thanks for posting. I was just looking at your pic on my fridge and wondering how you are doing.

myfourgems said...

these "now" pics bring tears to my eyes....a life that now shines brightly, what a joy to see.

T, C, and K Family said...

He's so precious! We love him so much and are thankful he's in our family now;)

lymanfamilyfun said...

Look at that shinning face! How precious! I love that last one - Carter raises his eyebrows just like that and I just wonder what he's thinking but it must be good! :)