Hubby and I are embarking on an exciting new chapter of our lives. We're adopting an 11 year old son from Colombia! We hope to be leaving in about a month and will return to the US with our boy before the end of the year. This is completely new territory to us. We've long been inspired by James 1:27, which tells us that part of true worship is to look after the orphans. We're so excited, and fairly terrified. So I thought I'd seek some input from the spiritual family we have here. I'm baptized, hubs is not. We both share belief in TTATT. We remain in our congregation because there's nowhere better to go, and we couldn't move to a church that believes in the trinity or celebrates Christmas and Easter or preaches heaven and hell. We love our congregation and we're content where we're at. Our boy is coming from a mostly Catholic country. We don't know how extensive his holiday seasons have been, but we do know he's used to visiting family- which we typically do as well, just not for their specific celebrations. He's probably used to celebrating birthdays. Anyone here have any experiences or ideas when it comes to teaching the truth to a youngster? Did anyone bring a family into the truth around these ages? I'm curious how to instill our beliefs and values without harshly cutting him off from what he's used to at a time when our family needs to bond and grow close in a very peculiar and uncommon way. He's 11, but slightly delayed in some areas due to early childhood trauma and injury. He scores OFF THE CHARTS in areas of morality and ethics, which they actually score in Colombia along with school grades- very cool. We've been attending some meetings in Spanish, and we have one of the kids books in both Spanish and English. He's learning English in lessons twice a week since May. We plan to find a hall in Colombia and attend our meetings there so he can meet other witnesses in his own country before coming home to America, since we'll likely be there a few weeks or more. Not to even mention, how do you deal with TTATT with kids?! We want to be honest and realistic about everything... We want him to choose Jehovah even though the org has its issues. You know how when you're expecting a child, everyone has opinions? It's particularly difficult to endure some of the well meaning opinions of sisters and brothers when you're the only one who sees the darker side of things. But it's manageable. We can do this! Thanks for your help, guys!