Saturday, December 19, 2009

Meeting the Willems'- A very past due post!!!

I got to know Melissa Willems' during the waiting period of our adoptions. It would turn out that Eli and Ezra were crib neighbors at the 'Thomas Center', the transitional home for our adoption agency. We've kept in touch since we have brought our boys home but after learning that the Willems' family are planning to move to the Netherlands, I really wanted to get our boys together. It was a very spontaneous decision but I bought a plane ticket for Eli and I to visit the Willems' family in October.

The plane ride there (and back) was not fun, but it was great to see the boys together! So cute! Melissa and Ben were great hosts (Melissa is an amazing cook!) and Asheville is just beautiful! The weather was cold but it was a nice break from the hot California weather!



Eli and Ezra holding hands on the ride home from the airport!


Riding in the car in the Market.


Reading a book with Ben.


The boys in their PJ's.


Splish Splash!!!


Ezra looking so cool and adorable in his mama's glasses!


Posing with the beautiful mountains in the background.


The boys holing hands while hiking. Aren't they cute all bundled up?



At the pumpkin patch.


The Willems' family.


The farewell photo of us all!


It's amazing the lifelong connections people make through adoption. I look forward to seeing little Ezra grow up in the Netherlands!! Thanks you guys for EVERYTHING!!!

60 comments:

Amy said...

I love the photo of the boys holding hands. Sooo sweet.

Melissa said...

Awwwee...so sweet..those 2 really had fun together and Ezra still talks about Christy and Eli..in fact he kept asking if Eli was coming to his party this past weekend. Such sweetness. I loved having those 2 together...we're forever connected...all of us. One day we'll all meet up in Europe together!
Lots and Lots of love and hugs for the holidays from all the Willems.

Clive and Dawn said...

aw that is so sweet, if only we lived closer they could be buddies. HEY, you can always come to japan to visit!! OR LIVE!!! haha. they have schools here, lots of them! You'd have to work for DoDDS though but that's not bad is it? They would give you housing at least. Come and be my neighbor. seriously. come to japan. I am not kidding!!

maggie g. said...

These are the absolute cutest photos ever!Thanks for sharing-
Maggie

Mona said...

What fun! I love the photos of the two boys together. I'm sure they sensed that they knew each other from somewhere. And yes, the families you meet during the adoption process become life long friends. I've traveled distances to meet some of them in person myself.

p.s. Janissa misses Eli!!

zenisin said...

Howdy! Im Melissa's friend Angie from Cali! I didnt know you had a blog or I would have blog stalked you long ago!!!!! I love Eli and Ezra's story of being crib mates in Ethiopia and more so that you and Mel reunited the boys in Asheville. Warms my heart. I remember when Mel sent me all of the pics and I especially loved the one of the boys holding hands in the car ride from the airport. Instant connection! Awe. ~Angie

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Those boys are gorgeous..
Little bundles of joy it seems :)

the best of luck!

Diane Larson said...

Looks like you're on about the same blog schedule as us. Miss hearing about Eli. Hope all is well. We may be traveling as early as June to pick up our new son. Assuming they actually have any idea:)

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