Monday, April 13, 2009

Bryce Week 4

It has been 30 days that Bryce has been a part of our family and 21 days in our home. Cindy and I both agree having waited so long it feels so wonderful to finally have him home. With the way he is progressing it seems like he has been with us for one year...

- Yesterday Bryce got his first taste of a Harley and when the person that owns it started it up he was ready to go back inside. Now he makes the motorcycle noise and pretends he is driving around the house.

- We had a few Easter Egg hunts with Bryce and we did spend some advance training to bring him up to speed. Just kidding...He really enjoyed finding the Easter Eggs and has a fondness for candy. When you hold up a piece of candy he will do whatever you ask, perfectly.

- Bryce is fascinated with buttons. We just had to have our front storm door replaced last month fro ma wind storm and he played with one button so much that it broke. He may already be more mechanically inclined than me.

- We have started to introduce Bryce to soccer. He lasts a few minutes then is off to the sticks in the yard.

- Kids in the orphanage learn many things at an early age. Bryce had soup today and ate the entire bowl with his BIG spoon. Most of it ends up in his mouth and it is amazing to see all that he can eat. He ate 3 hot dogs and would eaten more Saturday night.

Each day for us is a time to learn the person he is and how we can best integrate him into our family. Each day we try to be mindful of the impact Bryce and his arrival has on Julia. Bryce truly loves Julia and his face lights up when he sees her and she loves him but she is a 9 year old girl and he is a 2.5 year old boy. It makes for some times and Julia has been such a trooper through this intense time of transition. I must admit that this time of transition has been the most radical in our entire lives. As the song goes, "This is the end of the world as we know it"...

As different as our lives are today we would not change one thing. We are so grateful for Bryce's Mom to have a love that would want what is best for him. We hope that each day we can live up to that. What an amazing task.

I hope to post some pictures soon but we do have one important update...

***Bryce had a little friend that is currently in the same orphanage that is the cutest little guy and we are looking to see if we might be able to find a family that might want to hear our story firsthand and consider this little guy. We would have taken him in a second. We are also working with Bethany to see if this little guy can find a family in this area.

Are you interested?

The Dunn's

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bryce Week 3

When you arrive home you just dont realize the work and amount of time it takes to transition back to what you think is normal life. We are enjoying each moment as a family of four and enjoy Julia and Bryce each day!

Some Bryce updates...

- I would say 90% of his Russian is already gone or not used when he talks.

- We did the CHOP visit with Dr. Friedman and team and they are so impressed with where he is physically and cognitively.

- When we pray at dinner he squeezes his eyes so hard to pray.

- Bryce can on his own sing "Jesus Loves Me"...We are going to try and post it this week.

- He loves to be outside and play. Cars, sticks, the bunnies etc. all fascinate him and we get to see this each day.

- We have been to church for three weeks now and he says on Sunday morning's...Bryce Church.

- He ate three hotdogs for dinner last night and was asking for more. We decided to give grapes instead.

- He is learning to be more gentle and say excuse me when he burps.

Needless to say this journey continues each day as we learn more about Bryce and this transition into our family. We used his Russian name one time and he looked at me and said No Vasia, Bryce! I guess that is a good thing.

We have a visit with our adoption case worker Wednesday night and we are looking forward to this time as we have been with her for 5 years during this journey. She has been a great help to us. We also have some important decisions to make in the next few weeks and we would love to ask you to be praying about these decisions.

Thanks for all of your support.

Billy for the family