Saturday, November 21, 2009

you belong

Three months old. I've only known you three short months, but it feels like you've been a part of me forever. A part of our family forever. You belong. I'm feeling like housework, laundry and being a mommy of three are all becoming more balanced.
You smile so easily and frequently now. Your smile is like a daily dose of therapy for me. All my cares and frustrations are forgotten when I see that smile of yours. We've also heard your first sweet giggle.You're still in size 0-3 month clothing and are wearing a few 3-6 month dresses. Just switched to size 2 diapers.You've found your hands and are quite entertained just staring at them. You're starting to grasp things.You sleep for 10 hours at night and have dropped the late night feeding. You eat every four hours now and take approximately four feedings of four and a half ounces a day. You still spit-up a lot it well as the projectile type occasionally.You love your baths and splash. You are trying to talk to us with cooing sounds.You had your first teenager babysitter. She was a very mature teenager. Mom still worried though. You did great!
You are such a happy baby. I love how you wake up happy in the morning and coo and talk until someone comes for you. I love you, sweet baby of mine!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

adoption awareness month

In honor of adoption awareness month, I want to post this picture of my three little sweeties who have given me a title I didn't know if I would ever have....Mom.

And in honor of their three birthmothers whom we lift up with high honor and love...
Once strangers, not knowing of each other,
God brought us together
To share a special bond of love
With three sweet little ones named Caedmon, Kaiya & Luca Bella.
You may never understand the pain
Or know the tears I cried.
My heart's desire was for a child
To nurture, love, and guide.
I may never understand the pain
Or know the tears you cried.
You said good-bye to these precious children,
Entrusting me to nurture, love, and guide.
I see your face in their smiles,
And love in their sparkling eyes.
They're the answer to countless prayers,
A blessing to many lives.
No longer strangers,
We share a special bond of love
With a very precious gift
From our God above.

Friday, November 6, 2009

birthday time and saying goodbye

What a joy to get to celebrate our nephew Jeremy's 1st birthday with him while he was in the States. Cousins Kaiya and Karis were off playing together by themselves most of the day...I had to hunt them down for a picture. Caedmon & Jeremy The Greats Great Grandma G. with Luca
Shot Day
Both Kaiya and Luca had to get shots this day. I talked with Kaiya before going about being brave. I told her it was ok to cry, but that she should try to be brave. She had to get three and I was holding her tight, prepared for the tears to come after the first or second shot. No tears...not even wet eyes after all three shots. I was proud of her and surprised. Next was Luca's turn and of course she cried after the first shot and got even louder after the next two....poor poor baby. I've never heard her cry like that before. After the nurse left the room and I was consoling baby, I looked over and Kaiya's eyes were full of tears. I asked her what was wrong and she said she couldn't breathe. She felt so bad for her baby sister that she just couldn't hold it in any longer. What a sweet sister she is.
Happy 34th Birthday, Daddy! We celebrated with a family meal at Bandito's.

Thumbs up to the BEST Dad! I'd Pick You
Dad, if all the fathers
Had lined up one by one,
And God told me to pick,
I'd still choose to be your son.
I'm proud to have a father
Who listens and understands,
Who teaches me and sets fair rules
Without unfair demands.
Dad you are my hero,
My role model in all you do.
So Dad, if I could pick again,
You know I'd still pick you!
Happy Birthday, Dad!

Everything Dad
A little girl needs her daddy
To love her with manly charm,
To soothe her when she's hurt,
And keep her safe from harm.
A girl needs her dad
To show her a man who's good,
To help her make right choices,
As only a father could.
A woman needs her father
Just to be aware,
He'll always be there for her
To sustain her and to care.
You've been all these things, Dad.
I hope that you can see
How much I treasure you:
You mean everything to me.
I Love My Daddy!
Quote of the Day:
Kaiya: "Mom, Dad's just gonna get too old and die and then you'll just have to take care of us"

Dear Daddy,
One day I may meet my
Prince Charming,
but you will always be my
Your Princess
Luca Bella
I'm thankful for my husband, Kevin. He follows our pastor's advice and prays for me every morning before he gets out of bed. He works hard to provide for our family so I can stay home and do my dream job. He cares about and plans for our future. He reads my blog and likes my photography. He makes me laugh. He is the best father and takes advantage of teachable moments with patience and love. He doesn't speak negatively about others. He's my best friend and a wonderful godly man.
I love you forever! Happy 34th.
Still going with the CPM machine...six hours a day. Although he's been doing it during the night now so he doesn't have to take any time out during the day.

We had one last family get together with Kevin's brother and his family before they went back home to Costa Rica. Our original plans were to go to a corn maze, but it had closed just a few days before. Uncle Lyndon came to the rescue and gave us a hayride around the farm and through the woods...minus the hay. Kaiya and Karis snuggling to keep warm.Kevin with Luca and Jeremy.Krista and me Time for some jammie snuggle time with Grandpa.Uncle Lyndon and Caedmon starting their goodbyes.
Uncle Kevin and Jeremy starting their goodbyes.
Saying goodbye is never last picture.
I'm so thankful for Skype, facebook and blogs. It helps keep us connected. We love you guys and miss you already!