Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy "Meetcha Day", Moses!

May 24 marked one year since we met Moses. In celebration we enjoyed Ethiopian food and reminisced with pictures from that incredible day.

It's hard to believe it's been a year since we
held him for the first time.

We've come so far.
He is an incredible blessing.
His laughter is contagious and his heart is so big.
Beyond thankful we get the privilege to be his parents.

We love you Moses Kai!!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

He earned his wings.

On May 16 Moses and I flew home for Sarah's college graduation. I'm so thankful we could be there to celebrate. Sarah lived life to the fullest the last four years. She fully embraced the journey. She soared academically and she stayed standing when the trials of this life rocked our family to it's knees. She is incredible and I admire her more than she'll ever know. I am so thankful we could witness the momentous event.

While in Michigan we were able to spend time with family (and meet our newest nephew/cousin-Charlie!!!!). I'm so grateful we could take part in the many celebrations (graduation parties, open houses and a birthday party!).

However, it was a bittersweet trip and I found myself stricken with grief more times than I care to admit. "Home" isn't the same without my mom's arms to greet us. The void is great and so much more real when we gather as a family.

"Home" also brings memories to light. Memories of what use to be and a reminder of what is no longer.

Yet, even in the hard moments I am thankful. Thankful that God is enough...and nothing is too big or too messy for him. I'm thankful for the sweet life of little ones. I have two new nephews, Charlie and Henry! (Congrats Courtney & BJ and Rachael & Scott..and Bryan, too!) I am thankful Moses could spend time with his cousins, finding bugs & digging in the sandbox. I'm thankful for just "being" with family.

We're already looking forward to returning in July! See you then, West Michigan!

Friday, May 24, 2013


(and oh so sweet and cuddly)

...if only he would stop teething and putting holes in all of Moses' shirts.

Thankfully Moses has nothing but unconditional love for the mutt. :)

They are truly best friends...and partners in crime.

Mother's Day

My boys are incredible and they know what makes this mama smile. A coffee date at Jubala, tulips, sweet family time, thoughtful gifts, and dinner at a local Ethiopian restaurant.

The best Mother's Day ever (celebrated a day early because I had to work on Sunday!).

My heart is full.
So grateful for the opportunity to be Moses' mama.

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Introducing Remy

Meet the newest member of our family, Remy! He has the sweetest disposition and we're all quite smitten! He loves to snuggle, run with Moses and sleep. He is a perfect fit for our clan!