Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
I am so proud of how well they have done and are doing. Each and every day they amaze me. D is picking up English so fast that it blows my mind....even things that he shouldn't be picking up on. My daddy has taought him to say "shake your booty" and he says it all the time. It is so darn cute that I just can't tell him to stop. He is singing most of his nursery rhymes. The other day I heard him daying "Oh my goodess" over and over. Yes....I say that phrase a little too much. Each day he uses Russian less and less. D is doing incredible with his manners. He is gotten ssoooo much better with his little brother. He is not in constant competition with him everyday. He shares with brother really good and I even heard him telling his little brother "I love you" the other day....can you say melt a mama's heart?
N is a sweetie. He loves to hug and smooch. He keeps us laughing. The boy loves him some music. Anytime he hears music, he immediately stops what he is doing and starts moving his little hands. It is so cute! He is my clumsy one. He got his first busted lip the other day. Poor little guy looked like a duck for the afternoon, his little top lip was so swollen. He is tough as nails though.
We went out to dinner last night and two seperate couples complimented the boys on how well behaved that they are. I must say that we are blessed and I am one proud mama!!
I have been horrible at downloading pictures. Here are a couple that I took with my cell phone.
Monday, March 21, 2011
There is nothing in life more important than family. I have to admit that I have for a few years put work ahead of family time. I have missed out on so much. There were so many get-togethers and holidays that we had to miss because of work. I am ever so thankful today that our lives are now at a point to sit back and enjoy our families a little more, because at the end of the day...family is what matters.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Last week was their first doctor's appointment. They each had to get several shots. They were such troopers. I was so proud of them. I think that it hurt Benji and I to watch them get their shots more than it hurt them (they may argue this point). We also had to do some blood work, which was worse than the shots. It was horrible to have to hold my sons while they took blood. D would look at me with a panicked look like "mama get me out of this". It was heart crushing, but they really are such troopers. I was one proud mama!
I got my first "I druv you" aka "I love you" that was unprompted from D the other day. My heart melted! He says it when we say it to him but I really think he thinks it is a game to him. He has a stuffed dog that says all kinds of things, one of which is "I love you". I saw him playing with the dog and when it said "I love you", he would hug the dog and say "I druv you". Then he mashed the button on the dog, turned around looked and me, crawled in my lap, put his arms around my neck and said "I druv you". I was putty in his hands in that moment:)
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Our trip home was pretty good. The boys did great with the flights considering. They were a little cranky at times....but so were we. Spending an entire day traveling is no fun for anyone. When we landed in the US, we had to go through all sorts of stuff to get to baggage claim. The boys were melting down fast. Then on our way up to baggage claim, we got off an escalator to some of the best faces ever!! Our families were there waiting for us. It was one of the best sights ever! I thought the boys wouldreally meltdown with everyone hugging and kissing on them, but they went to everyone and loved on everyone like they already knew them. They did fantastic. It was like they knew that was their family. To see all of our family who took time out of their busy schedules to meet us at the airport meant the world to us.
Once we got home we had blue ribbons on the mailbox and a big sign on the front porch to welcome us home (thank you so much Renee and Jewel). Then when we walked in the door we had another huge sign in our living room and my fridge and pantry was stocked....really stocked! (Renee S and Laura...I can't tell you what that meant to us and how helpful it has been!) The boys were fast asleep from the car ride home. We were a little worried about putting them in their beds and them waking up in a strange place the next morning. But D woke up as we werer putting his P.J's on and when he saw his room (we have been showing him pics of it) he lit up like he knew that was his room. He grabbed his stuffed dog that was waiting on him on his dresser, crawled in his bed like he owned it and went fast to sleep.
The transition home has been nothing short of amazing. I really worried about that part of this experience, but the boys have not seemed to miss a beat. Here we are a week into being home and aside from a few minor meltdowns (nothing out of the ordinary for a 1 yr old and a 3 yr old) they have just simply done amazing. We have taken them to a couple family functions and they have done great. D does great with family (we have been showing him pictures of family members for a while now) but he is very reserved with strangers. N just loves people. He is such a ladies man that it is ridiculous. I am going to have to watch him with the ladies:)
The first couple days at home were a little rough. I hate to even say that. We just had a few meltdowns. Each day has gotten better and better.
Benji and I have prayed since we met our precious boys back in October that the Lord beging to prepare their hearts for us. We have sat down together and prayed every single day since we met them that the Lord help us in the transition period and help the boys adjust with ease. He has indeed answered those prayers. I know that there are times in everyone's life to where you may wonder "Where are you God?" and "Why are we going through this?" I just want to encourage you to sit back and lay all your trust and faith in him. Benji and I have wanted a family for going on 7 years now. I have questioned him over and over again. But once I decided to be still and really listen..he answered all my prayers and then some. He allows us to go through things at times not to harms us, but rather to mold us into what he needs us to be and where he needs us to be.
"For this child I have prayed" 1 Samuel 1:27...or rather in our case "For these children we have prayed".
This was moments after their feet hit US soil and they officially became American citizens. My cup runneth over!!