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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy 2nd Family Day: Will

(Family Day: September 11, 2010)

Sweet Will was one of our great surprises for our 2nd adoption, because our 2nd adoption became our 2nd and 3rd adoptions. Will was born on Abbey's 30th birthday. He has always been a charmer and has always been adventurous. He fell out of his baby bed at 8 months old!

 (1st Family Day: September 11, 2011)

Will has stolen the heart of nearly every person he has every met. He has an infectious smile and a huge personality. He is definitely our strongest-WILLed child, although none of our children seem to struggle in that area of their lives. He knows what he wants and he knows how he wants it. He loves his "mama" and he says her name about 400 times everyday. 

(2nd Family Day: September 11, 2012)

Will, you are so much fun to parent. You keep me on my toes and you make me laugh. I love your cuddles and I love your ability to turn a stressful situation into a funny one. You have a bright beautiful smile and I hope that you always keep it.

You love your brothers. You want to be as big as Reed and you want to take care of Tuck. You love to do things by yourself and let us know by saying "I do!" whenever there is a task that you want to accomplish on your own.

I'm so thankful that God chose me to be your Daddy. I love coming home because you are so excited to see me. I hope you never lose your loving personality. I love you.

Happy 2nd Family Day: Nash

(Family Day: September 11, 2010)
I can hardly believe that two years ago today we were hugging our son Nash for the first time. He came to us as a complete surprise. We were sort of waiting on a baby girl, and all of a sudden we were getting two more sweet boys. Thank goodness that God's plan is better than ours. I wouldn't change a thing. Looking back, it is hard for us to remember that we didn't have Nash from the time he was a baby. He fits into our lives so perfectly. He was so timid and scared that first day that we met him.

(1st Family Day: September 11, 2011)
One year later, Nash was perfectly assimilated into our family. He knew who we were and we knew him. He was our son and we were his family. Nash is a brilliant child. He picked up the language quick, potty trained himself, and constantly amazed us with his ability to try new things. He has one of the most beautiful smiles ever.

(2nd Family Day: September 11, 2012)

My loving Nash. I cannot help but think about how our lives would be different if roadblocks had not come into our adoption. At one point we thought that we would not be able to adopt from Taiwan again and then God opened such great doors that led us to you. You are one special boy. You are my son.

You are so silly. I love how you always want to make people laugh. There is a joy in your heart that is contagious. Your dimples light up the room.

Nash, every day I pray that God will use your life as a testimony of His greatness. I pray that you will always have the loving and caring spirit that you have shown us for the past two years. I am so thankful that you are my little boy.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Our Fifth Family Day with Reed

(Family Day: September 10, 2007)

 I'll never forget the day. We had waited so long to become parents. We arrived in Taipei earlier in the week and did some sightseeing all the while thinking that we were finally in the same country as our son. Abbey and I walked up the small alleyway with my in-laws close behind. We came to a door where there was a lady waiting, we walked through the door and in the stroller before us was the most amazing, wonderful, beautiful, breath-taking sight we had ever seen. Our son, Reed. We were already in love with his photos, but the ability to finally hold this treasure in which God had entrusted us, was completely amazing.
(1st Family Day: September 10, 2008)

The first year of parenthood was completely amazing. We absolutely loved taking Reed everywhere and showing him to anyone that would look. He was truly the most amazing little boy we had ever known. Our hearts were totally full of love for him.

(2nd Family Day: September 10, 2009)

As Reed grew, so did his personality. He was a little shy in the early years, but when he loved somebody you knew it. He and his best friend Britton were always together and still top each other's lists today. Reed's smile and round cheeks were breathtaking. 

(3rd Family Day: September 10, 2010)

We spent Reed's third family day in the airport and finished it in Taiwan. We were traveling to get our two newest loves, Nash and Will. Reed was a trooper on the airplane, but had some crazy jet-lag. By this year, Reed's chubby baby cheeks had given way to big boy face. Reed grew taller and we fell more in love with him.

(4th Family Day: September 10, 2011)

Reed's fourth family day was spent at Manya's wedding. By now, Reed was certainly a big boy and had the looks to prove it. Reed proved to be athletic, musical, and quite the comedian.

(5th Family Day: September 10, 2012)

Reed is in Kindergarten. How did time fly by so quickly? He is loving, stubborn, sweet, funny, inquisitive, and genuine. He makes sure that he takes care of his three little brothers and knows exactly when to tell us he loves us.

My Amazing Reed, words escape me as I try to type what you mean to us. You are kind, you are smart, you are loving. You have brought so much love into our home. You have filled out hearts with joy. 

You are a special boy, who was chosen specifically by God to be our son. I thank God for EVERY trial, every painful diagnosis, every moment of time wondering would we ever become parents. For if we had not had tht struggle, we would not have you. You are completely worth every tear.

As you travel through life, I hope you always remember that nothing you can ever do will take away our love for you.We love you. You are our son. Thank you for being you.

Monday, September 03, 2012

Demolition Derby

We have lived in Tennessee for almost 8 full years and we have yet to go to our local County Fair. We are not really big fair people, but we decided that it was time to take the boys this year.

Uncle Bill and Ms. Candace decided that they wanted to join us in the fun. On the way to the gate Reed recognized a little girl from his class. That turned out to be a great encounter because they gave us to free passes to get in the fair. Who knew that the cost for admission was $10? That's crazy.

To get the full experience, we decided to go for some fair food. The boys had corn dogs. Abbey, Candace, and Bill had barbeque. And I had the worst chicken on a stick ever. We split a side of fried pickles. Then we went for funnel cakes and fried cookie dough.

Will was overwhelmed by all of the greasy goodness.

People ask us all the time who is our most curious child. I would definitely say that would be Will. He is into everything, but he is always so cute while doing it.

Our biggest motivation for going to the fair was to fulfill something that I've always dreamed of attending. A demolition derby. I knew the boys would love it and I've seen them on TV thinking they would be so cool.

The boys patiently waited for the derby to begin.

We saw lots of people that we knew. It was a good reminder that we live in a great community.

The derby was lots of fun. The boys really liked it and talked a ton about it.

We got lots of mud slung at us, but we definitely made a memory. We will definitely be back.

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