Mommy Brag: Photo Friday

I couldn’t resist sharing. The facial expression on Rory’s face just about had me rolling off the chair with chuckles.  She is NEVER so expressionless but the camera/lights/etc freaked her out.  Poor little thing.  And Zoe?  Don’t be fooled!  That smile is all thanks to a the bribe of Smarties (gluten free, by the way).  (WTG, photog, huh?)!

I am a lucky woman.  I NEVER would have even thought to guess at the joys in my life just two short years ago.  It was at the end of June in 2009 when we FINALLY found an adoption agency… and NOW look at my life!  AMAZING GRACE, indeed!


Hope your Friday is as lovely!

Happy Birthday, Baby!

Two! Two! Two!, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Today you are two!

You’ve been our baby since our dreams collided and brought you home.

You are an absolute joy and you make us happy everyday.

May each year of life bring you happiness, adventure, good health, great friends, and time to love it all.

We adore you, our child!
Mama and Baba

One Year Ago Today

One Year Ago Today, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Forgive me… I *do* have recipes to share…but THIS is consuming me.

Today is our One Year Family Anniversary.

One year ago today, we held our little imp on our arms for the VERY first time. She played with my jade donut-shaped necklace (worn in honor of my in-laws who could not make it to see her) when we first met. She would slide the necklace in/out of my mouth. And then, she met her daddy… where she decided she would like to get a little more up-close-and-personal… so she slide her fingers in to his mouth and played with his curly dark hair with her other hand.

So much has happened in the year since this bright, little light came in to our lives. And so much more is yet to come.

I have never been more thankful in my life.

Happy Family Day, Chicklet!

Mama & Baba

Here’s a picture of her from this morning… one year later.  She raced down the stairs ( fast as 23 month old legs can carry you) and had to check out the window bird feeder.  And then she turned around and gave me this grin.  Gotta love that grin.  (And forget the hair…. LOL… I tried!)


Soon-To-Be, originally uploaded by Kate Chan.

Sometimes miracles just keep happening.

It’s a miracle to me that the Chicklet is ours. The hoops, hurdles, and tons of love that have surrounded her in her short little lifetime and have brought her safely in to our arms is a story that will be thought about and prayed for every day of our lives.

She. Is. Perfect.

And then one day last October, my husband and I started to talk about how she would be such a great big sister to someone… such a great aunt!.. such a wonderful life companion for anyone lucky enough to have her. And how we knew that being an aunt or a sibling was out of the question.

We’d tried for almost 10 years to have a child. Adoption was *always* part of our plan – not our “solution” to not being able to have biological children. We spoke on our first day about adoption. (I know… not a common first date topic.. but when you know, you know.) At the time, my husband had work for Child Protective Services and I was an inner-city elementary school teacher. We knew the need to adoptive families was there. We weren’t ready to be that family just yet, but we both knew that we would adopt – God willing – someday.

And then in November, I started to feel sick. And it wasn’t typical sick. It was… different.

The night before waking so ill, I had laid in bed and watched my Love and the Chicklet cuddled in to one another and snoring softly together. I could NOT believe how perfect and blessed my life had become. I have a lot of moments like that. (I hope you all do as well.)

The next morning, while my Love was brushing his teeth, I asked. “Hey honey, what if I don’t have the stomach flu…….what if I’m pregnant?”

I thought he was going to choked on his toothpaste. His shocked face mirrored my shocked thought process. I really didn’t know. He didn’t know.

Huh. What if?

And miracles do just keep happening!
I AM pregnant!!!!!!!

The mere words bring tears to my eyes today whereas before they were words that I didn’t think would tumble out of my mouth again.

So sometime in July, our little wish that the Chicklet grow up as someone’s big sister will come true.

And we will soon be a Family of Four.

The miracles of life!

May many happy small – and large – miracles come to you and yours as well!

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