Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Toddlers & Chopsticks!

So, our future plans may or may not involve many chopsticks (more on that to come at the right time).  For now, we are eating a lot of Chinese take-out and recently took the boys to their first Hibachi Steak House for dinner.  They loved the "show" and the NOODLES, of course...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Why Special Needs Adoption?

I found an encouraging article on Special Needs Adoption today and wanted to pass it along for any who are interested.  It is certainly one of the hardest things we have ever done, but also very rewarding.  Here are reasons for Special Needs Adoption, as described by the article's authors:

"1. God was glorified - by our obedience and submission to His Will for us.

2. Our suffering and sacrifice in this present world (according to God's Will) results in laying up treasures in heaven for us and glory to God (the achievement of God's ultimate purpose for us) as demonstrated by Christ's example.

3. Our children (and perhaps others around us) have seen Christ's sacrificial love demonstrated in real life - both the pain and agony involved in suffering, and Christ's very real power to carry us through this pain with our faith intact and growing stronger through the trials.

4. Living out, in real life, a practical expression that demonstrates the inherent worth of every human being is a strong, counter-cultural statement, although not one I would have willingly chosen to make of my own volition. It costs us, but I am convinced that God is glorified through this blatant testimony. It could not be otherwise. If I am not convinced of this, I will not have the strength to follow through."

                      AND, some recent pictures of Liam feeding himself (still a work-in-progress!)...

                                         He is oh-so-proud and we are even more proud of him!!!

Monday, September 12, 2011

6 Months Home: Where We Are Emotionally

These past 6 months since Liam came home have been difficult for Billy and I.  We have been stretched to what seems like our limits physically, spiritually, relationally, and emotionally.  To say "adopting a child with global delays has been harder than we expected" would be the understatement of the year.

We were talking last night about Liam and where we are now compared to when he came home.  There is a world of difference - for the better!  We are slowly getting used to having two kids and to parenting a child with delays.

Slowly is the key word here.  Little by little, we have come out of the fog and back into the joy of parenting.  Little by little, we have come to accept Liam for the gift that he is, rather than the "perfect" child we hoped he would quickly become.  Little by little, we learn to take what God gives us, rather than longing for what would be easier.  We are beginning to see beauty from ashes.

"In some spheres the shadow condition is the condition of greatest growth.  The beautiful Indian corn never grows more rapidly than in the shadow of a warm summer night.  The sun curls the leaves in the sultry noon light, but they quickly unfold, if a cloud slips over the sky.

There is a service in the shadow that is not in the shine.  The world of stellar beauty is never seen at its best till the shadows of night slip over the sky.  There are beauties that bloom in the shade that will not bloom in the sun.

There is much greenery in lands of fog and clouds and shadow.  The florist has 'evening glories' now, as well as 'morning glories.'  The 'evening glory' will not shine in the noon's splendor, but comes to its best as the shadows of evening deepen."

~ From Streams in the Desert by Mrs. Charles Cowman (my favorite devotional for the times when I am in "the shadow.")

Friday, September 9, 2011


We went to two zoos this Summer and had fun, now that Shep is old enough to recognize some of the animals he has only read about in books!

Here are the boys with some kind of enormous guinea pig.

Here we are eating shaved ice in the shade because we had decided to go to a Florida zoo mid-day in July!

And here is Shep having a stare-down with this peacock-looking bird standing right in our path.

We look forward to many more adventures together - so fun finally having one who is old enough to really get into big outings and sometimes even remember them!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011

We're Back!

Hello, Friends!  We are back from our Summer Break from blogging, ready to update you with our busy, wonderful, fun Summer.  Here is a quick rundown:
  • We have a regular pull-upper!  Liam went from a single pulling up event at the beginning of the Summer to constant up & down, up & down, up & down motion all day long.  He is getting stronger by the day!  He is also walking well with support!
  • We spent two separate weeks at the beach & the boys had a blast - see my last post for pictures :)
  • I finished my last course in my Master's program - woohoo!!!  I still have about a year left of rotations (aka unpaid internships) until I graduate, but I can finally see light at the end of the tunnel!
  • We went to Georgia, Florida, and Tennessee to visit family & friends - Liam has officially met all of his extended family now and is well-loved by all.
  • Liam has begun weekly physical, occupational, & speech therapy appointments and we are seeing progress in his development - hallelujah!
  • Shep & Liam start preschool next week!  Shep will be going two mornings a week, Liam just one morning.
  • I am in the middle of a rotation working as a part-time therapist at a private Christian counseling practice and am learning a lot (and loving it!). 
Needless to say, it has been a busy and eventful Summer for us.  We are hoping for a change of pace this Fall - a nice, slow-paced season full of rest and peace!  And a return to blogging, of course.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Summer Fun!