November 28, 2006
November 20, 2006
November 17, 2006
Our kitchen is almost done (I will post final photos soon) and just in time because tomorrow we have our post-placement visit for our adoption. Today and tomorrow we'll be busy trying to finish unpacking the kitchen and getting ready for the visit. And my sister and parents will be here next week for Thanksiving...hooray!
November 7, 2006
One thing that I didn't expect was to feel such a mix of intense emotions on her birthday. On Noah's birthdays I always think back to his arrival and the flood of emotions I felt when I first heard his cry, when I held him for the first time, and when I watched Adam sing to him in the delivery room. But on Camille's birthday I don't have those memories. In fact, I don't even know what I was doing on November 7th, 2005. I have looked back at last year's calendar but there's nothing to note. According to her adoption paperwork she was born by c-section in a hospital in Taipei, Taiwan and she was named Tzu-Hsan. Having spent time with Camille's family on both of our trips to Taiwan, I am sure her birthday was a very bittersweet day for them. Her family is an amazing, loving, close knit family and they wanted to do the best they could for her, but I know the adoption was not an easy decision for them. When we met them for the first time Camille was three months old and they proudly presented a book to us which contained her umbilical cord and her first tiny footprints. It still makes me cry to look at these precious ties to her birth family and to her original birthday. I know her family is thinking of her today half way around the world in Taiwan and that makes me smile and feel sad at the same time. Soon we will be sending her family a package with photos of Camille but I want to do more for them. On her birthday, they gave us one of the most precious miraculous gifts we have ever received and we will forever be grateful and connected to them. How do we ever really thank them for that gift? The gift of life. The gift of a beautiful daughter.
November 6, 2006
It made me laugh and pray that my monkey boy won't try some of those tricks. I have to admit that I was a little nervous when I found out we were expecting a boy. I felt very comfortable with girls having grown up surrounded by sisters and lots of girl cousins, but wasn't quite sure of what having a son would be like.
I feel so lucky to have a sweet and energetic son. Everyday is an adventure. He keeps me on my toes with his monkey boy antics, he shows me the world through his curious eyes, and his body slamming hugs tell me he loves me with all of his might....what could be better?
November 5, 2006
November 2, 2006
Here are a few shots from the airshow. The Blue Angels were amazing. Thank you, Drew for the VIP tickets!