Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
His first year was one of the best years of my life. I was finally a Mommy! I loved having a baby and was blessed with a very happy one.
He was the happiest, most social baby ever! He loved to wave at everyone we saw. Below is a picture of Sawyer when he turned one. This sweet picture was on his first birthday invitation. I love those two little teeth!
At his first birthday we were already expecting his little brother. The day after he turned 18 months he became a big brother.
He fit nicely into the role of big brother. Jax adores him and wants to be just like Sawyer. He always asks, "does Sawyer like this?" or "will Sawyer do this?" If the answer is yes, then he likes it too.
At two years of age Sawyer loved Sesame Street, especially Elmo. We decide to keep it "low key" and not throw a big party for his second birthday. We ended up having three smaller parties with three Sesame Street cakes. We quickly learned that "low key" was harder than one big party. Sawyer did enjoy the three cakes, though.
He had a blast and loved it when everyone sang to him.
Last year Sawyer turned 4. He requested pancakes with syrup, whip cream, strawberries, and m&ms for his birthday breakfast. Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day especially when pancakes are involved.
We had a fun day with a geotrax train made by my Grandma.
Happy Birthday Super Sawyer! We love you!
Friday, March 25, 2011
Look at those swollen eyes! I took him to the doctor today and he is now taking new antibiotic drops.
I really hope they work, because this teeny tiny bottle cost me $50 with insurance covering half the cost. I don't know what's in this stuff, but it better be good.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We are also pleased to report that for new cases moving forward; it appears the original changes proposed by MOWA will not be implemented to the degree of 5 cases a day. At this time it is unknown whether or not MOWA will issue a formal statement regarding how they will process cases in the future, but from all discussions it will not be a drastic decrease from before. Through the continued work, meetings, and advocacy of many Foreign Staff members in Ethiopia, it appears any future changes within the case processing for MOWA will avoid sweeping and disproportionate alterations to the number of cases processed each day. Rather, the hope is that MOWA, Joint Council, Adoption Service Providers, the US Department of State and other NGO organizations can come together to support the government of Ethiopia in strengthening the process for ethical adoptions to continue while also improving the general social structures to assist with family preservation in Ethiopia.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I think this first one is my favorite. I love my boys!
I am having a bit of a hard time with the fact that Sawyer is turning 5. It sounds so old. He will always be my baby!
Jax is so silly. He did not want to be left out of his brother's birthday photo shoot.
Super S and Super J to the rescue!
I love my Super Sons!
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Friday, March 11, 2011
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Thursday, March 3, 2011
It was wonderful to be able to just spend the entire day together, just us and the animals. The boys spotted this Africa sign and we had to take our picture with it. Every time the boys see the shape of Africa, they point it out and say "That's where our baby is." There is never a day that we don't think about our little girl, but I can honestly say that I love where we are in our journey right now. Of course if someone told me that tomorrow I could jump on a plane and bring our daughter home, I would be ecstatic. If we could skip the wait, I would be all over it. That being said, God has given me a peace about the wait.
I am so thankful for this time with Justin and our boys. I know our lives will drastically change when we add a baby girl to the mix. While I will welcome those changes when the time is right, I am truly joyful with our little family. I will be honest. I didn't feel this way a month ago. I was sad and longing for our baby. Then, I discovered a little secret. When I focus on our baby and think about what we don't have right now, I become filled with sadness. When I focus on the Lord and His goodness, I become filled with joy. I know, it is not very profound, but it has made all the difference in my life. When I focus on the Lord, He shows me the many blessings in my life.
So, I am loving where I am right now and today we had a crazy day! To celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday at school, we dressed in our craziest clothes. Jax picked out his entire outfit and Sawyer helped me choose my outfit.
It's fun dressing crazy! The kids in my class were so cute!!! We made green eggs and ham for snack. Jax had at least three helpings of green eggs. His favorite food is scrambled eggs and his favorite color is green, so he was in heaven.
This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
How long, LORD? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, LORD my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,”
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the LORD’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
I pray that they will continue to trust in the Lord's unfailing love!