Friday, January 30, 2009

Birthday Dinners

I love Birthday Dinners! :) Tonight for Liam's birthday we had chocolate hazelnut pancakes, scrambled eggs, and carmel corn for dessert! :) Granted, he didn't actually "pick" these as he's still too young to understand but I chose his faves and he couldn't get enough! :) Of course the caramel corn went first! :)

This morning before he even knew what we were having for dinner tonight, Braeden put in his birthday dinner request (his birthday is next Saturday!). He asked for scrambled eggs, pancakes, grilled cheese, smoothies as a special drink, and chocolate cake for dessert. I was cracking up! But that's what he wants! :)

After work, Olivia, Liam, and I went to a local McDonalds to visit with Liam's bio mom. I was a bit nervous, but it went so incredibly well. This was our second visit and I'm really looking forward to working on and continuing this relationship. I can only imagine how hard it must be for her. I think it's very different from a parent who makes an adoption plan for their child. She didn't chose this. But she is doing incredibly well with it. We share letters and pictures, and now have had two visits. I'm optimistic that this will be a long term relationship and that Liam will be able to grow up knowing who his birth mom is. I haven't said a lot to the kids about the letters and they didn't know about the first visit, so I think today was a little strange for Olivia. I've talked to her about it, but am waiting for some questions of her own past to crop up in the next couple weeks. They usually do occasionally and I'm betting this will get her brain thinking again.

Since we didn't get home until 5:30 and then did our family dinner, we're waiting until tomorrow to do gifts. My friend J and her three girls will also come over for a while tomorrow to do cake and ice cream. :) I'll try to post pictures after that. :) A good day!


Such a fun celebration.

I am not sure if you like to answer questions..if not don't worry about it.:)

I was wondering how Brayden and Olivia do with Liam having visits with his bio mom. How do you handle that with them. I may have forgotten but I don't believe they have contact with bio parents.

I hope that is not to nosy, you deal with such unique situations with such grace. I would love to be able to learn from you experiences.

You have 3 awesome kids!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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