Did you know the word "companionship" comes from the Latin words that mean "with" and "bread"? Your companions, the people to whom you are closest, are those you break bread with. I think it's no accident that dates usually include a meal. Meeting someone's need for food is a very intimate and emotional connection.
Now, a bit of insight into Nathan's former world.
Living in an orphanage with 68 kids, "aunties" (which is what they call the nannies) that change shifts a few times a day and have a high turnover rate because everything in Haiti is in flux and has been since before I can remember. He comes from an environment where there isn't enough attention or food and you have to scream the loudest and eat the fastest to make sure you get what you need.
The experts have advised us to make sure we're the only ones that hold him or feed him for the next 2 weeks at least. He needs CONSISTENCY. He needs time to adjust to the fact that not "everyone bigger than him" is his "companion". He has a Mama and a Papa and they have people they know and that they know are safe. He needs time to adapt to this world, where not anyone that's bigger than you is a potential caregiver.
We've told our immediate family that they are welcome to come over and visit. They are the people that are HIS family as well, and he can see that it's OK to be with those people. We have asked neighbors and other friends that we've asked to give us a couple of week for him to adjust before they descend. He has no idea that SO MANY people already know and love him. And trust me - he's AWESOME. We can't wait for you to meet him.
We just ask you give him a couple of weeks to figure out that THIS house and THESE adults don't change. THIS is it for him now.
In the meantime, I'll try to keep posting pictures and keeping you updated and informed of all the adorable things he does.
He's still fairly frustrated that we don't speak the same language, but we're figuring it out.
Thank you for loving him. Thank you for praying him home. Thank you for caring about the drama and the miracles that got him to this point.
We love you and thank you for your support.
Brent, Lori and Nathan