fourth birthday

A few days ago, I was reminded what our life looked like before children.  It was quiet and mostly boring.  And filled with longings and hopes and anticipation.  It was a good reminder how much has changed in five years.

During that time, we prayed that our home would be filled with children.  We asked for a family.  HOWEVER — although we knew there would be joy in store for us as parents — our focus was not solely on our gain.  We wanted to give a safe family to a child.

I was also optimistic and idealistic about our relationship with our future child’s original family.  Now, I know that open adoptions are hard. Closed adoptions are hard.  Adoption is complicated and no “cookie cutter” solution works for your child and her two families.  Even so, I am so grateful we get to raise “M”.  She is a beautiful little person.  We pray for her birth mother as we celebrate M’s birth and life.

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Necklace from Grandpa and Grandma that “M” received after her adoption.

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We have had a fun weekend celebrating her fourth birthday!  (And we look forward to more excitement this coming weekend.)  She received so much love expressed through gifts and guests and well wishes and texts and hugs.

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Birthday girl with her Hello Kitty cake.

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“M” took a special treat to preschool today for snack time.  She, of course, helped make Minion cups (so easy!) and fill them with popcorn (so inexpensive).  She was thrilled!  Win-win.

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After school, we spent the evening playing at a park and enjoying a picnic as a family! 🙂  We love our sweet four-year-old!

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio.

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3-year-old Portraits

We try to get family portraits taken each fall, after Moriah’s birthday. I always hope we get at least one shot that is Christmas-card worthy! Haha!

I kept her hair loose and it was a bit unpredictable during the session. But most of the shots worked out (I did edit out some wild strands in the one of me and her). Her “free” hair matched her free spirit this day! (She usually cries during studio sessions.) The photographer did a great job with a squirmy, excited toddler and two adults wearing glasses (glare).

We are thankful for our 3 year old!

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Elaine and her husband, Joey, are licensed as an adoptive family and foster home in Ohio. Learn more about Joey and Elaine.

 

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growing up before our very eyes

In just 12 months, Moriah has grown from a sweet, tiny infant of 5 pounds, 4 ounces to an energetic, sassy one-year-old at 17 pounds, 8 ounces. She’s still small — but so full of life! We’ve loved watching her personality grow, too, along with her body! She loves to laugh and play; and she doesn’t sit still very long! As she enters toddlerhood, we are excited to see how she develops into a little lady.

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