Coming Soon to a Kindergarten Near You…

For many readers, you’ve been there since the beginning when I started blogging about our adoption journey back in 2007. You were there when we received our referral, matched with a 7-month-old baby girl. You read about our sadness over missing Lucy’s first birthday when she was still in Taiwan and shared in our excitement when we gave her a do-over nine months later. You saw her hit the tireless twos and grow into a spunky, adorable preschooler.

So how could we not share Miss Lucy with you today, on her 5th birthday. The little baby I thought would never make it home into our arms is a smart, sassy, energetic and hilarious five year old who’s just a few weeks away from signing up for KINDERGARTEN! I have no idea how that happened when all I did was blink but, I do know, it’s never boring when Lucy is around!

In celebration of the big day, enjoy some pics of our Lucy Goose, shot recently by the very talented Renee Bowen Photography. Enjoy!

Bringing in the Birthday with a Bang!

It just occurred to me recently that I’ve had this blog going for over two years. When I started, Jacob had just turned 3 and Brady wasn’t even 2. And while Lucy had already been born, she was a peanut, just a few months old and beginning the journey to our family.

It’s been nice recently looking back to past posts, remembering moments that have faded in my memory. Remember this from Brady’s second birthday? Couldn’t you just eat his cheeks? And then there was this one from his third bday. Hard to believe another year has flown by.

I have to say, I think it was his fourth birthday that really will keep him smiling. Because this year, we learned that instead of throwing big parties or spending lots of money on what we guess the kids would like… we’d do something that we know they’d be into. Stay tuned, I have lots of photos of the big event.

In the meantime, I’ll give you three guesses what Grandma and Papa bought the birthday boy. The only downside is that it didn’t include ear plugs. Not for the loud banging, but the fighting that occurs when everyone wants a turn at the same time.

Happy 4th Birthday, Sweet Boy!

On May 20, 2004 at 8:11 a.m. a beautiful baby boy entered the world and turned a couple into a family. What he’s brought us in the past four years has been incredible. He’s a sweet, caring little man and we couldn’t be more proud of him. And just the other day, he started reading! So it’s been a big week around here…

For his party, we took him and his close friends to Build-a-Bear where I think they had a blast. Enjoy the pics!

On a side note, he was naming everyone who would be attending the party and asked, “do you think Lucy can come to my party?” I took a deep breath and replied, “next year, for sure.”

When he got home from the party, he went up stairs and climbed into Lucy’s crib and rested. I think I know what he’s wishing for his birthday and I pray he’ll soon get it—for everyone’s sake.








Happy Birthday, cuddle cubs. We love you like crazy.