He's going to be our new son, and we are hopeful he will come home in just a week or two. We can't wait!
Johnny is three years old and will be four in October. We fell in love with a lot of the kids on our trip to Forever Angels, but Johnny stood out very clearly as the one who is meant for our family and Josiah's little brother. He's a little quiet and shy, but has an infectious giggle and loved playing soccer with Gil (which is a sure sign he is meant to be a Medina!)
John is his orphanage name, and we thought about changing it, but the more we thought about it, we couldn't imagine calling him anything other than Johnny.
However, we are choosing Jeremiah as his middle name, in honor and in memory of Jeremiah Petchnick. Despite Jeremiah's tragic death 18 months ago, his parents, Rudy and Janelle, have continued to exemplify these words:
Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.
We pray the same for our John Jeremiah, whose young life has already seen more pain than any person should have in a lifetime, but who is now being redeemed. May his roots one day find the same stream.