S: Mateo ~ 01
BC: We love you!
1: A family is pieced together with hope and faith. A family is quilted and bound with love and grace. | Mateo Rodolfo Powell The first time we saw you we fell in love with you. Your smile drove us to ask about a little 18 month old boy that we had never met. We knew you were our son and God opened every door to make that happen. The journey was long and at times bumpy. But the joy we experienced the first time we met you was worth every effort to get there. We couldn't believe how happy and comfortable you were with us. And when Aura your foster mom said you didn't like men that didn't stop you from acting like you had known your dad forever. And that's what it felt like for us, that we had known you forever and that now a piece of our hearts was complete. We are so thankful God chose us to be your parents!
2: Aura and Jenny What an amazing family God provided to take care of you until mom and dad could come get you. They loved and cared for you so well.
3: The best smile EVER! How could we not have fallen in love with that 1st picture when you were only 19 months old. God had a special plan for your life from the beginning we are so thankful and blessed to be a part of it!t
4: ~Meeting Mateo~ Our first trip to Guatemala was in July of 2006. You were the happiest, most active little boy ever! You loved playing with your pelota (ball) and looking for avions. It felt like we had known you forever.
5: We had the best time playing and loving on you. What a special week that was!
7: Life brings simple pleasures to us every day. It is up to us to make them wonderful memories. CathyAllen
8: Christmas in Guatemala
9: January Visit Trip Meeting little sister and finally a family of four!
10: So many firsts!
11: This trip we got to make so many amazing memories as a family. From the very beginning your little sister loved you and your Nana was your favorite.
12: LIVE WELL LAUGH OFTEN LOVE MUCH
13: Mom sure loved holding her little boy!
14: Finally.... God answered our prayers and we got to come and get you!
16: We finally got to spend some time exploring Guatemala City. You had so much fun at the zoo and swimming at the Marriott
17: And then it was time to go home! Guatemala will always hold a special place in our hearts as the place you were born and the place where God joined our lives forever on June 11, 2007
18: And the journey was just beginning...
19: You got to meet lots of new people that had been waiting so long for you to come home! | So loved!
20: The first few months at home was such a great time of getting to know each other and so many firsts. First time riding a bike, going to the park, blueberry picking, and long walks.
21: Bath Beach | Beach
22: What precious treasures we have been given!
24: Fall Fun
25: MAKING MEMORIES
27: J O Y