Monday, February 15, 2016

Older and Older

Seems daily life keeps on moving through ups and downs! And right when Olivia was dealing with being sick... Both boys' birthdays snuck right up on us!

I can never get over the fact that another year has passed once those birthdays come. They give me pause to reflect on each child's precious journey and all they've been through to get to this point. 

Liam turned TEN this year! TEN!?!? I can hardly stand it!

This little wisp of a boy who blew into our lives one evening in an emergency situation.  A nine month old who couldn't sit up or crawl and was making just one sound. And one week later was sitting, standing, and crawling, and his progress though slow continues to amaze me.

Ten is a big birthday year in our house. We don't do big parties but at five, ten, and sixteen we break the norm and go all out. At ten the kids also get a one on one trip with just mom; their choice.  And they get a pet.  

Liam chose to have his two best friends for a party at Chuck E Cheese this year and has looked forward to it ever since he turned nine!  Unfortunately it was right when Olivia was sick. Grandma was still here so she stayed with Olivia while the rest of us went. Poor Olivia cried and cried when she realized she was going to have to miss his party. 

Liam's trip will take place this June. He decided on a Disney trip so we will all travel to Florida to spend time at Grandma's and while there Liam and I will leave for four days for his special trip.

As for the pet... Well I'm not sure he's quite ready for that. I finagled my way out of it for now. So we'll see. 

On his birthday he chose summer sausage, cheese, crackers and cherry cola for his dinner. The kid cracks me up!

And then eight days later it was Braeden's turn! Luckily in between Olivia had her spinal tap so she was feeling herself again!  

Braeden turned twelve and he had a hard time this year. A lot of big feelings regarding family. Birthdays while joyous can bring up a lot in kiddos from hard backgrounds and this was no exception. A few nights holding a sobbing boy and daily anxiety on top of that. 

He chose wings, sweet potatoes, and butterbeer for his dinner!

It's amazing to see these two boys becoming young men before my eyes. I'm not sure where the time is going but thank God for all of the special times we've had and all I can see Him doing in their lives.

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

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