Saturday, October 9, 2010
One year ago today
We walked into a court in Vladivostok, Russia. After several questions and a short recess, we were granted the right to be the parents of a beautiful 15 month old little boy. That day, Andrey became "Jackson Andrey Curran", and we became "Mama and Dada".
Fast forward 1 year and Jackson is doing well. He has had surgery to correct his eyes, speech therapy on a weekly basis and a constant parent at home to help him adjust. Yes, he has some behavioral issues - but he is truly the light of our lives. We prepared and prepared and prepared for everything from bonding to losing 1 income. We had to take tests, write what seemed like thesis after thesis, cash out retirement, borrow money and fund raise. We adopted a child that the Russian doctors felt was "retarded" and even tried to deter us from the adoption.
Thinking about the events from 365 days ago makes me so proud of our son. He has overcome the odds. He is smart, happy and beautiful inside and out. He is wonderful, and we are fortunate to be his Mama and Dada. We would do it again in a hearbeat. Thanks to Russia and thanks to his biological family for allowing us to raise Jackson.