Welcome Home Johan Mateo

Welcome Home Johan Mateo
March 12, 2010 - Cars make me happy!

Feliz en los brazos de Mami

Feliz en los brazos de Mami

Todo la Familia

Todo la Familia
Enjoying the day at Monserrate

Our View on Adoption

Adoption is a wonderful metaphor for our salvation in Jesus. We are all adopted sons and daughters of God, brought fully into His family and loved unconditionally. We hope and pray that we honor God in this journey and come to know more deeply the depth of His love and our true identity in Him through this awesome experience.

"I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty." 2 COR 6:18

Friday, March 12, 2010


The "reunion day" was like a dream. Johan Mateo warmed up so quickly
and pretty soon was smiling and playing. He laughed and played the
whole car ride home, ate in his high chair, took his bottle and went
straight to sleep. Time will tell, but he seems to be attaching to us
all and feeling very comfortable. And we are all just silly giddy
about him. It truly couldn't have been a sweeter experience, and they
were right ... he is a muñeca.

ICBF was incredible, very caring and professional, and Gladney too, as
always. A special thanks to Beth and Raul in the states, to Sylvia and
Jaime in Bogota, to Nora, to Fanny and the ICBF folks in Florencia.
And to the incredible foster family that obviously loved and cared for
Johan so well these last 8 months. Mil Gracias!

Our families have been so supportive and loving. Muchas gracias a
Mariela, a Julita y Alvaro, y a Romel y Alejandra por su apollo en
estos diás. Thanks Gigi and Papa and Al, Kevin and the girls for love
and special prayers. And special thanks to everyone who covered this
adoption and this day in prayer. We TRULY feel it and attribute all
this to God's spirit of love that moves freely and abundantly, and
also responds to the prayers of His people ... a mysterious thing but
one that days like today just make abundantly clear. Thanks God for
today and for sending Johan Mateo into our family.


Becky said...

So awesome! I am crying and I have goose bumps. God is so sweet. Congratulations and I hope the next days and weeks are filled with more joy and laughter and blessing than you ever imagined!

Gladney Adoption said...

Congratulations!!!! We are so thrilled and happy for you.

Gladney Center for Adoption

Adele Giles said...

What a wonderful life! Your blog sharing this journey is such a gift. I am so very happy for the Oakes Family!