Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 - the year that brought us our boy from China

Two years ago on this day, I had no idea that in 2012 we would find our boy, and I certainly had no idea he would be eight! God's plans never cease to amaze me!

One year ago on this day, we were frantically packing and gathering the needed supplies for our trip to China in January to pick up our boy. We have now had him for almost one year!

What a year it has been! Blessings, frustration, joy and sadness appear at every turn. Every moment with our boy and girl from China is a pure blessing. Is every the moment perfect? Of course not! But that doesn't make it any less of a blessing, Without God's provision of our precious children, we wouldn't have children, and I can't imagine life without them. So even in those moments when they make us angry, or sad because we learned something about their past we wish they could forget, there is always that underlying blessing that God bestowed on us by gifting them to us.

First picture ever with my boy!

First family photo!

Fun family photo high over Shanghai!

Anthony's bed at the Shanghai Orphanage for the two weeks he was there before we came!

Sweet hugs

Officially a U.S. Citizen upon setting on American soil!

Arriving home in San Antonio!
First time seeing his room!

Working on his English!

Star Wars obsession like Daddy, here we come!

Making friends!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Sweet family and bonding time. 

Sweet siblings! 

First Easter!

First time visiting the beach!

First family photo shoot!

Sweet boy!

The Holy Spirit was working. . . making crosses with legos!

On our way to VBS!

First time experiencing the sprinkler!

First time at the movies as a family! First time for Grace too!

Fourth of July fun with friends!

Just for fun!

Six month anniversary as our son!

Pine Cove Base Camp fun!

Someone turned 9 with a Pokemon Party!
His first birthday party ever!

Hand surgery to remove his non-functioning thumb and move his index finger into the place of the thumb to provide him with an opposable digit! Amazing!

More fun family photos thank to my amazing sister-in-law,
check out Michelle My Belle Photography
Love my babies!

Intently painting his first salt dough ornament!

Ginger bread house complete!

Here's a fabulous 2013!
Can't wait to see what God has in store for us in 2014!

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