Sunday, November 9, 2008

The beginning of a journey

There are so many privileges to having children. In the beginning we watch them enter the world with blinking eyes that try so hard to focus on their new surroundings. Then we watch the first smiles, first steps and the wonderful experience of them sleeping through the night for the first time. Tonight I got the opportunity to watch my son experience true hope for the first time in a long time. A very long time. And hope came in the form of a chocolate lab service dog. Her name is Meghan and she is beautiful. She bounded through the door of the hotel lobby as if she knew someone who already fully loved her and needed her was waiting. She gave kisses and hugs. They have alot to learn over the next two weeks, but the bond is already there.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to touch her for two weeks. The whole two weeks we are here. Isaiah must be the one she looks to for everything. EVERYTHING. Playing, eating, walking, commands, love and affection. She will become dependent on him for her life and he will become dependent on her for his life and his sanity.

So far this will prove to be an interesting journey. Two whole weeks in a hotel room with Isaiah and Meghan. We get her Tuesday night for the rest of their life together.

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