Today is the day we have decided to start celebrating Yohan's birth on. We just don't know which day he was born on (1 in 365 chance that it was the 13th of December of course). All we know is that he was born in 2003 - just like Enoch.
Enoch's birthday on the 19th of February is shared with the great Maharashtrian warrior king Shivaji.
Yohan's birthday celebrations will from now on be shared with our dear Amma - whose immediate and warm welcome of the news that we desired to bring Yohan into the family was so important to us.
Since tomorrow is Sunday and our house fellowships are all gathering for a 'common worship' time in the morning - and as there is a big concert in the evening that we are running a stall at - we decided that our first party for Yohan would be today instead of the 13th.
And what a lovely party it was. Yohan had been counting down the days - and today finally arrived. He woke up with his normal big smile - and it was hard to keep him calm through out the day. The news that little Abhishek had got up at 5 AM with an announcement that today was 'Yohan bhaiya's Birthday Party' brought a smile to all of us.
A last minute dash to get everything in order - with everyone pitching in and a more than a few trips to local shops - and we were good with 6 PM rolling around and the first guests there!
Yohan was joined by Divya and her brother Harsh-vardhan from the building. Harsh-vardhan plays football with Enoch and Yohan. Anil and Sandhya and little Abhishek and even littler Ashish were the first in the door. We also had the JSK lady staff as well as Jayprakash and his sister Gita. Two more couples with kids - Daniel and Yerusha with their Abiel and Rajesh and Shweta and little Stuti too rounded off the evening's crew.
A full house, some fun games, and then a time of reflecting on God's word. We have the example of our Lord Jesus when He was 12 years old Himself - that He grew in wisdom and stature and in favour with God and men (Luke 2.52). Daniel uncle prayed for Yohan. And then it was time for cake and candles....
Mummy and Daddy were hungry from all the 'work' of getting the party together... so young Yohan was quick to feed them...
Who would have ever imagined this day on the 12th of December 2014. Yohan had been admitted at JSK as a sick small boy at that time - but to think of him as a family member.... Amazing what God has done!
We still have a long way to go, and ask for urgent prayers so that we will be able to turn our foster care of Yohan into a proper adoption. But we are so thankful for everything that has happened so far.
The festive season is truly underway!
And just for the public record - here are before and after shots of Yohan's first cake as an Eicher....