Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Cabin Fever

It is officially time for Winter to end when Dante brings me the outside parachute and puts my hand on it, indicating he wants to play.  If Dante is going to initiate something you can be darn sure I am going to go with it!!  (Clarify, something not related to his endless attempts to get food!)

It was a tight fit, but they had fun.

God is good, even in the Winter that would not end...

Friday, March 21, 2014

World Down Syndrome Day

March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day, because it is 3-21 and so is Down Syndrome! (Third copy of chromosome 21)

In order to honor the five children Jamie and I have adopted, who each have Down Syndrome, I have decided to post 21 random photos of them. 


Micah getting outfitted for going on a ropes course in Virginia.

Amelia comforting her little brother when he needs her.

Three bakers making a pie.

ShanLin doing her chores.

Having afternoon tea

"Helping" on a friend's farm

This time really helping, feeding the calf

The climbing tree at the apple orchard

ShanLin feeding her baby

Amelia had an opportunity to meet an Olympic gymnast

Kimberly thinking she gets to try some coffee.  (it was empty)

Sorting and folding their own laundry

Doing their part to get the garden growing

Micah showing baby sister his medals

Micah earning his medals

Dante learning to experience new things (calmly)

Amelia walking to the Library by herself for the first time

Kimberly the Horse Whisperer

And Goat Whisperer too!

Micah learning how to use a fire extinguisher

Amelia reading to Kimberly.

And a bonus photo!  Kimberly and Leif want you to know,
God is good, ALL the time!

Friday, February 7, 2014

"Oh please don't go ... we love you so!"

When the Original 3 (Alexander, Zachary, and Nikita) were little children Jamie would read to them every night.  Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak, was a favorite and they even had named everyone within the book, using family and friends' names.  I was always too afraid to ask which wild thing was me.

And now we have sailed through night and day and in and out of weeks and almost over a year...

But in reality it has been so much more than a year, and now they want to go.
Alexander began his journey 18 months ago when he entered the Army and trained for the Army Reserves; now he is off in college and fulfilling his one weekend a month duties.

Zachary is a Sailor in the Navy, off at training for his job there.

Nikita is waiting for her senior year to end so she can  go off to the Navy this Summer.

And I am left here, wondering where Max's private boat is so I can sail back over a year and in and out of weeks and through a day and eat them up as little toddlers just one more time.

I know they must go, but I love them so.

God is good, through night and day...

Monday, October 7, 2013

Ten Years of Blessing

Ten years ago today Jamie, the Original Three, and I arrived home with Amelia. (around 2am)  We had met her the night of October 6th, at the JFK Airport in New York City.

Our fourth child, but first adoption. 

Amelia was the cutest, yet most scared, 2 year old little girl.  She adored Jamie, because she never had a daddy.  She did not like me so much and wanted back the Mommy figure's she'd had in her orphanage.  After about seven months she decided I would do as  Mommy, and I was very thankful she finally made that decision!

I have TONS of photos from the first 8 years of Amelia as a Lindsay, but just not on this computer because I am so incredibly organized that they are all safely stored.  Somewhere else.  And maybe one day I will remember where that place is.

Last May I traveled with Amelia and Micah with their Special Olympics Gymnastics team to Atlanta for a National competition, and as always this trip was peppered with comments about Dad, because even now, ten years later, he is first in her heart.

In lieu of adorable little toddler photos spanning the last 8 years, here are some of my lovely Amelia having fun on her big girl trip-- on the plane, out to dinner with the team, with her ribbons, at the banquet, and at World of Coke:

Amelia is a truly amazing girl and we are blessed to have seen her go from toddler to pre-teen, and we look forward to continuing to watch our special girl grow.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Kimberly's Two Year Anniversary

I cannot believe it has been two years since we met our Kimberly.  I will never forget our few hours in Boston when we met her birthparents, but in a way I hope her birthmom is able to go through today without having those same memories.  We are doing our best to raise the little one she trusted us to love, and we most certainly are loving every minute with our youngest daughter.

Maybe it is because Kimberly is the youngest, or maybe it is just her personality, but our little girl worms her way into everything going on in this house, and is just soaking up knowledge and trying things out.  Now that she can climb onto the table it is her favorite place to be, and she never misses a chance to be with her siblings.

Life in our household is always an adventure, one that Kimberly certainly is enjoying.  We continue to be thankful to the Lord for blessing us with her, and are always excited to see what she will try next.

God is good!