Greetings from Guatemala!! We just got our internet set-up today so I have not been able to post until now.
Wow. What a whirlwind adventure this has been so far and it's only been 3 days!! We were reunited with Eli on Sunday around 4pm. It was very emotional. We were finally holding Eli forever while his foster family was saying goodbye. They are such a loving, kind, and wonderful family and they clearly love Eli very much. His foster mother returned most of the toys we brought down for Eli and she also included other toys from her family. Eli was dressed in a three piece suit that he recently wore in his first wedding! His foster mother's oldest daughter was married a week ago and Eli was in her wedding. We all agreed that this was not goodbye forever. We intend to stay in touch with them and hope to see them again in the future. We definitely plan to come back to Guatemala as a family in the future. We plan to meet with the foster family one more time before we leave as they have more items they want to give us for Eli like a CD of his favorite music and some photos. We are so lucky to have them in our lives and for the amazing love and care they provided Eli.
Eli is doing amazingly well!! He definitely remembers us and I think it made such a big difference that we were here just a month ago. He is the same sweet, funny boy, but now he is walking!! He can take quite a few steps by himself, but still likes the security of a hand to hold or furniture to hold onto. So far, he seems to be adjusting very well, but we realize that this is just the beginning and that attachment takes time.
Now, I realize what you really want is pictures!! Well...unfortunately, my mom has been in charge of taking most of the pictures so I will have to get them off her camera. But, here are a couple to tide you over!!
One last update....DNA arrived at the embassy yesterday so we hope to be getting our PINK slip any day now.