Well, it has been a long time since i’ve posted here on the blog. Things at the Stockman household have been very busy…As soon as we got back from China, we had our first visit from the Social Worker (went well), our family has been learning how to integrate a 7 year old Chinese boy who only knows Mandarin, and to top everything off Sam just had surgery to remove his Tonsils, Adenoids, and put a patch on his left ear drum.
Sam’s surgery went very well (Praise the Lord), and he is home and recovering — he doesn’t like to sit and rest though. God has used this surgery to bond my wife and Sam closer to each other…Sam has done a great job so far in the bonding area — I will be honest, this was probably the biggest thing I was worried about when we adopted, but so far Sam has bonded great, and Desiree and I seem to be bonding to him well. This whole idea of bonding to a child that is not your own, a child that you have not known since birth is a new one for me. Each one of my daughters I have had the privilege of holding right after my wife gave birth and in that moment I knew I would die for them.
Throughout the adoption process I always thought to myself “would I feel the same way about this 7 year old boy we are about to have?” “Will he feel the same way about us?” Fortunately, I have a God who has prepared my heart for this, and who before any of this started, before Sam was born, before Desiree and I knew each other, back in 1988 decided to adopt me. I have the same feelings towards Sam as I do for my girls — I will admit that there are times when my patiences level can be low, but it can get low with the girls as well. Raising an older child is hard, and very rewarding — God is teaching me more and more about who He is through this whole process, and I am thankful for that.
In other news, our family is doing well, we have a busy summer ahead of us, and our oldest, Emma, decided that it would be a good idea for everyone in the family to do a research project on a different country so that they can learn more about different cultures. I think this is a fantastic idea — my country is Ukraine.
Please pray that our family would continue to integrate well, and that Sam would heal well from his surgery. Please pray that above all Christ would be glorified in all that we do.
Here are a few pics of the kids — enjoy: