Tuesday, November 24, 2015

On Saturday, Gavin turned 4 and we had such a fun time celebrating his special day.  Since he and Taylor are still so little, we only do a small, intimate family celebration together.  When they're a bit older and in school--we'll do the big party shindig with friend invites.  But for now, we're enjoying just celebrating their birthdays as a family.  Gavin's grandparents and aunts/uncles and cousins were so sweet to send him presents and cards for his birthday--he so enjoyed opening their presents and listening to us read their sweet cards to him.  I'm so grateful that my children have such loving grandparents and aunts and uncles who make them feel so special and loved.  It makes such a difference in their lives and means so much to them.  

Noah picked out Gavin's birthday cake and cupcakes…I thought it was so sweet.  And when we were at the grocery store---he told the lady at the bakery exactly what he wanted the message to say and what colors he wanted.  :-)  Gavin loved it!!

Tay--Tay did, too…she was eyeing the cupcakes the minute we pulled them out…I could tell she was ready to get her hands on them and start licking the icing off of them!! ;-)  That girl's a stinker!!

He had so much fun opening all of his presents….

Daddy had fun trying on Gavin's IronMan gear...

Gavin giving his bubba a big hug after he opened up the present Noah gave him…

Oh how we love our little brown eyed fella…it's hard to believe he's 4 now. I got a little emotional when I was looking back through these photos because I was thinking how far we've come with Gavin. It's been such an emotional journey with his adoption.  It just seems like yesterday when the social worker first brought him to our doorstep little over 3 years ago.  We were embarking on this new journey as foster parents and had no idea what to expect --and he was this scared, quiet, mature beyond his years, 9-month old baby who was scared to death staring back at us... it was just so heartbreaking.  

[ Gavin - 9 months old - on the day he first arrived in our home ]

We fell fast and hard in love with this precious baby boy of ours from the minute we became his foster family and we just felt in our hearts he was meant to be our son.  We also felt that if we had to fight for him when it came time to proceed with an adoption we would…and sadly, as most of you already know our story, we did have to fight to keep our son, but thankfully--after a 14- month long protracted battle against the state of Texas, we won our court battle, and were able to save him from languishing in the state's foster care system and legally adopt our son. 

He is without a doubt a prayer answered to our family and I thank God every single day for allowing me to be his mother.  He teaches me daily how to be more Christlike by his tender heart and peaceful spirit. 

How grateful I am that we were able to share this special 4th birthday with you my dear son. We love with all our hearts!!  And we look forward to sharing many, many more fun birthdays with you.

hugs and kisses,


The blessing of Adoption

Monday, November 23, 2015

I will forever be grateful for the gift of motherhood and for the women who sacrificed so much to bring our children into this world and place them for adoption.  

November is national adoption month -- a time to raise awareness about adoption and help encourage families to open their hearts and homes to children who are currently in foster care awaiting to be adopted.  It is also a time for those families who have adopted to reflect on how adoption has blessed their lives and share their stories.  

To read more about our adoption journey, click here.