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...
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.
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.
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.
We are a family blessed with nine children. Four of our blessings were born to us, and five joined us through adoption. They have Down Syndrome and are such a blessing to us and everyone who knows them!
Jamie and I have been married 20 years. He is a high school teacher, and I stay home to school the children.
We are now seeking to live together in a way that is pleasing to Jesus as our family encounters new challenges and embraces what each day brings.