Thursday, September 18, 2014

Baby D turns 1!

There are so many thoughts swirling around in my head tonight.  My precious baby boy turned one today.  Adoption is beautiful and complicated.  There are so many emotions that I can't seem to put into words.

Baby D has two families celebrating this day.  His birth family is remembering and celebrating the day he was born as well.  We are all reflecting on the joy and the pain we walked through together.


I will never forget those tender moments in the hospital.  I will never forget watching Hope sacrificially love her baby boy.  I will never forget how it felt to hold him in my arms for the first time.

The beauty of our relationship with Hope and her family is that we get to build on those precious moments.  We have seen each other a handful of times since his birth.  We have stayed connected through text messages and phone calls.  In fact, they will be here to celebrate with us at his birthday party.  I am so grateful for this open relationship.

Today is a celebration!  We made it through that first year!  Babies are adorable.  They are an amazing blessing.  They are also lots and lots of work.  Any parents can attest.  This season of life is very demanding.  It is hands on parenting 24/7.  It can be exhausting.  I can testify that God has given us exactly what we needed to meet the needs of sweet baby D as well as his baby brother E.

Looking back at these pictures gave me an opportunity to praise God for each of these moments.  It has been a crazy and incredible year.  Baby D is such a sweet little fella.  He brings so much joy to our family!

We had Aunt Rock Star take pictures of baby D to celebrate his first year.  It was tough to get him to sit still for more than a few seconds.  I am amazed by how many great shots she got.

We love you baby D!

We are so grateful that God made us your parents.

Happy first birthday little mister!

And one last blooper pic...

He is even cute when he is mad! 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

5 months of cloth diapering!

Go me!

I am in a routine these days. I usually cloth diaper during the week and take a break on the weekends. That gives me time to prep all the clean diapers for the next week.

Weekends tend to be our time to get out and about. That means I don't have to pack bulky cloth diapers for three little ones for a whole day.

When I use disposables I prefer The Honest Company diapers. It is amazing how many packages of diapers we can go through when we aren't using cloth. A few days in disposables motivates me to keep up the cloth diapering.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This is what Sunday mornings look like...

I have always worn our babies in a wrap for church. We like to worship with our children so we all sit together. That means babies, toddler, pre-schooler and big boys are all in the pew with Mommy and Daddy. I knew that our return to church after baby E was born would require EJ to learn how to "baby wear". He has risen to the challenge!  

I have been saying for the last several months that we need a photo of our family on a Sunday morning. The truth is that we hardly ever get there on time so stopping for a photo seems like one more thing to make us late. One glorious Sunday we made it there on time and I remembered my camera.  

Miracles do happen!

Monday, August 18, 2014

6 months & 11 months

My babies are getting so big!

Baby D is 11 months old and Baby E is 6 months old.

The whole team together.  
I love these precious blessings!

Friday, July 18, 2014

5 months & 10 months

Baby E is 5 months old today!

Baby D is 10 months old today!

We are so excited to be celebrating another month of the "twins" babyhood. I told their Daddy that Baby E is now as old as Baby D was when Baby E was born. He smiled and said, "Is it time for another baby?" Very funny Mister. Very funny.

These quilts are a precious gift from their Great Nana. The boys' room has a KSU theme and these quilts are perfect. Plus their Mommy and Daddy met at KSU and the rest is history!