A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Last night, I was Google-searching for photos of the Sanming SWI (my actual search was "Sanming City orphanage") and happened upon some photos of a girl I recognized from pictures with Travis. The pictures linked to this blog from the Olson family. (The Olsons blogged about our connection here: http://olsonfamilymatters.blogspot.com/2011/06/friend.html.)
A quick scroll through the blog and I recognized the parents as well. Just the night before, I had spent hours surfing every corner of the Sanming City SWI's website and saw a video of this family visiting the SWI and getting their daughter. (I had skipped through it though, and didn't see the photos of her with EnEn.)
They linked to a Picasa album of the orphanage and there was our little EnEn, playing with Yi Hong, now named Madelyn. As I scrolled through thirteen photos of those two playing together, I was laughing out loud!
I view this as a gift for Travis (and Madelyn!). I assume they will remember each other. On the SWI's website, they said these two were close buddies. I can tell!
For waiting and adoptive families, these seemingly small connections to our kids' past are not so small. For many questions we have, there are no answers, so to find something like a treasured friend is more valuable than jewels.
Because of his life story, we know Travis was very confused and sad when he first arrived at the SWI. To know he had a friend who brought him joy (and, by the looks of it, he provided some joy back) is a gift from God.
Proverbs 17:17, "A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity."
You wouldn't think such little ones would have already experienced "adversity," but they have. What a treasure that they could be "family" to each other for the short time they were together.