Update on Travis and Eli

Hello!  This is Amanda and I’m taking a moment to try to  figure out how to update everyone from Travis’ blog.  I have received some wonderful updates from him over the last two days.  Some of his messages are listed below along with some pictures.  Thank you for all of the prayers and support.  Eli and Travis are doing great and enjoying their bonding time.  I can hardly wait to  meet the new addition to our family.  God has been and is taking care of every step of this process. Hope you enjoy.

It has been a whirlwind, but it has been wonderful.  Our son is precious!

I got in too late on Sunday evening to visit with him, but I got to see him asleep in his crib.  I took some pictures of him, prayed over him, and held his hand.  It was so surreal.

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When I met the other families and told them which one was our son, the table of people erupted with laughter and smiles.  They said that Botela was full of energy, smiles, and a deep hearty laugh.  They also said that he held onto the crib rails and danced.  The ladies said we were going to have to run the girls off from this cutie.  Most of them thought that he entertained himself so well we wouldn’t have any problem on the plane ride.  His favorite toy is this tiny block with a bell in it which he shakes constantly in very good rhythm.  While they were describing Botela, I felt like they were speaking of Obadiah.

Monday morning was a little challenging.  I eat breakfast with the families, then I finally get to meet Eli Botela.  He was standing up in the crib just looking towards the door when I walked up.  It was almost if he was waiting.  He smiled at me, I reached down, he reached out, and I picked him up with no fussing.  It was a sweet moment, but it was a moment, because we then had to be briefed on the Embassy visit.  When we walked into the other building, Eli became very uneasy.  I walked up to my room to get our bag, and he began to cry.  One of the workers took him away from me to console him, and he started crying worse and then reached out for me.  That was a good sign.

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He was fine on me until we changed environments again.  Once we got in the van, he became very scared.  He eventually calmed down.  I was doing everything I could think of!

When we got to the Embassy, we had to wait a long time.  He is like other 2 year olds.  He doesn’t like someone to take his toys.  But the cries I have heard today are not vicious or out of control, it’s almost like whimpering.  It is pitiful to listen to.  But once he gets a moment out and regains composure, he’s fine.  While we were outside, I tried to stand him up, he stepped towards me to cuddle a bit, then started to take some steps.  I held him under the shoulders and he walked across the courtyard twice.  Huge progress already!  The people there were shocked – our God is so good!

He fell asleep in my arms while we were in line.  While I could handle it, the nannies commented that Eli loves to eat.  There has been a huge difference in his size over these last weeks.  After waiting in line for hours with him in my arms, my back is worn out.  All worth it though!

I think what was difficult about today was that I took him out of his environment right away and he had to stay in unfamiliar and boring settings.  He was very sweet for me, but he probably was confused.

At lunch time, I got to watch how the nanny feeds them.  6 kids facing her on the floor and she just goes around.  When I walked in (after his nap), he saw me and starting squealing with delight, bouncing up and down, and showing me his food.  His appetite’s is an Agnew for sure.

Just got to go play with him again for a moment before nap time.  He was excited to see me and starting doing this most precious dance in the crib.

Tomorrow I leave at 6am to go meet his uncle.  It is an 8-hour car ride.  I will meet the family, we will drive 4 more hours back our way, stay in the monkey-infested hotel, then drive the following 4 hours the next morning.  After that, I just get to hang with Eli

He is absolutely precious.  I haven’t been emotional really, I just feel connected, protective, and at peace.  It’s unexpected.  It just is right, so it hasn’t been that emotional.  He is adorable though.  We have 2 very expressive 2 year olds.

Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.

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38 Comments

  1. Joyce Smith Hendricks

    Amazing God! Amazing grace! I know somewhere inside of him, Eli knows he is in his father's arms. And both of you are in our heavenly Father's arms. God has prepared you both for these precious first moments together. How awesome!

  2. Haven Brown Willimon

    I'm so happy for you and your family!

  3. Paige Richter Stumbo

    i cant stop crying!!!!!!!!!​ this is just so perfect…

  4. Leah Golden Wilson

    How precious!!! Thank you for the u

  5. Mark Nemer

    Incredibly awesome. God continue to bless your journey there my fri

  6. Angie Simmons

    He is precious and I can tell he will be comfortable in your home with all the love that he already feels… Him being compfortable with Travis says a lot… I can't wait til he can get home to the rest of his family Amanda and Obi so you can share in th

  7. Christina Redfern Hjalmer

    This pretty much brought me to tears! So aw

  8. Loni Lindsey Hendrickson

    That is awesome! Especially for him to want you and get excited about seeing you so soon! I'm so excited for you

  9. Emalie Harrison

    you look like a proud papa!!…sweet

  10. Sara Hill McCoy

    Wonderful news!!!!!

  11. How precious!!! Thank you for the update.

  12. Incredibly awesome. God continue to bless your journey there my friend!!

  13. He is precious and I can tell he will be comfortable in your home with all the love that he already feels… Him being compfortable with Travis says a lot… I can't wait til he can get home to the rest of his family Amanda and Obi so you can share in this joy

  14. Joyce Smith Hendricks

    Amazing God! Amazing grace! I know somewhere inside of him, Eli knows he is in his father's arms. And both of you are in our heavenly Father's arms. God has prepared you both for these precious first moments together. How aw

  15. This pretty much brought me to tears! So awesome!

  16. That is awesome! Especially for him to want you and get excited about seeing you so soon! I'm so excited for you guys!!

  17. you look like a proud papa!!…sweet story

  18. Lee Ann Starnes

    We are so excited for you two!!! Thank you for the up

  19. Wonderful news!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Haven Brown Willimon

    I'm so happy for you and your f

  21. Amazing God! Amazing grace! I know somewhere inside of him, Eli knows he is in his father's arms. And both of you are in our heavenly Father's arms. God has prepared you both for these precious first moments together. How awesome!

  22. Tara Agnew Harris

    Such wonderful n

  23. Paige Richter Stumbo

    i cant stop crying!!!!!!!!! this is just so perf

  24. Bob Simmonds

    That is so awesome Travis!! I know God put you and Eli together for a reason. Obi is going to be a great brother to him. I can’t wait to see them both running around at NS!

    Be careful over there. I pray you continue to have positive experiences over there and you get home safely!!

  25. Gina Wagoner

    i was thinking the same thing-Trav may not be emotional, but those of us state-side are sharing enough tears for all-good tears, gracious tears, tears of awe at the works of a Heavenly Father working in ways I've never experienced. Thank you Travis and Amanda to letting us journey with you on such a special event in your

  26. Such wonderful news!

  27. i cant stop crying!!!!!!!!! this is just so perfect…

  28. i was thinking the same thing-Trav may not be emotional, but those of us state-side are sharing enough tears for all-good tears, gracious tears, tears of awe at the works of a Heavenly Father working in ways I've never experienced. Thank you Travis and Amanda to letting us journey with you on such a special event in your lives.

  29. terry willard

    I am the proud grandpa

  30. terry willard

    terry willard :Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    I am the proud grandpa

  31. Karen Brewer Hicks

    So glad to hear that things are going well! Can't wait to see Eli and watch him grow. God is

  32. So glad to hear that things are going well! Can't wait to see Eli and watch him grow. God is good!

  33. Wow. I am sitting here crying! We are so excited for you all. I can’t even begin to imagine all the emotions you are feeling right now. Praying for each one of you this morning. Transitions, fear, uncertainty, joy…

    Love ya’ll,
    Josh and Tasha

  34. "Mama" Barr

    Congratulations Son! So proud of you; many blessings to you and your beautiful family.

  35. We are so excited for you two!!! Thank you for the update.

  36. I'm so happy for you and your family!

  37. GOD is amazing, and greatly to be praised! Kiss him for me. You are covered in prayer!

  38. Benjamin Smoak

    He is adorable. We are praying for you all as Travis and Eli travel and as you all adjust as a family!

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