Saturday, November 07, 2009

Happy Forever Family Day

It's hard to believe that one year ago this week, our petition to adopt Titus was granted. Once again we appeared in court on behalf of one of our children but it was so different than our court experience in Kaz. When I think back over the last year plus, I am amazed at how everything worked. Never in a million years would we have predicted that we would have a baby boy last August. What a sweet and wonderful blessing!

Yesterday was the official date but we celebrated today with family pictures and a picnic at the park. Titus is quite adept at playground equipment so it was a perfect way to commemorate the day. He had such a good time climbing, sliding, and swinging.

I still pinch myself thinking about the "out-of-the-blue" phone call that day in July. God knew that the little boy preparing to enter the world needed a home and that the home needed to be ours. So many things had happened just in the previous weeks to prepare us to welcome him into our family. Words are inadequate to express our thankfulness and joy!

Dear Titus,

It's hard to believe how fast the year has gone and how fast you have grown. Last year at this time you were not even three months - just a baby in our arms. And now you are Mr. Independent and like to do things your way. You have amazed us with your abilities!

You are such a gift and we are so grateful that God chose you to be in our family - you were the perfect addition! Your sweet smile, determined personality, and infectious laugh are just a few of the things we love. Your brothers take good care of you and you try to keep up with them. You tease us and bait us and insist that we tickle and chase you - not that we mind. :) We love watching your personality develop!

As we celebrate the day that you were officially declared our son, we remember your first mom. She chose life for you, she loved you, and she wanted what was best for you. She will always hold a special place in our hearts. We love you and cannot imagine life without you - we are so thankful for her decision!

We mark this day to remember, reflect, celebrate, and rejoice.

Love always and forever,


Heather L. said...

yay!!! Titus sure has grown -- can't believe that picture of when he was brand new! I can't imagine your family without him -- he just fits in so well with Calvin and Patrick.

Courtney said...

Happy Forever Family Day. He was the perfect addition to your family!

Jodee Leader said...

What a sweet post! You are sooo blessed!

Margaret said...

Awww, it was quite an amazing turn of events. Sending my love from W. Laf.!

Henry's mom said...

Aww, what a sweet post!

Happy Family Day! All 3 of your children are so blessed to have you as a mommy.

Much love,

Thad and Ann said...

Happy Family Day!

He has grown so much & I can't believe what all he can do(gets into:))!

Gretchen said...

Happy Family Day! How fast it flies by!

Mama10EE said...

What a touching post...again! Titus is so darn cute!

Rona's Home Page said...

What a beautiful tribute. You are truly a blessed family.

Kelly Sarandis said...

What a nice letter you've written Titus. I'm sure he'll love to read this in the future.
Kelly Sarandis (George's mom)

Brooke said...

Titus is one of the cutest little guys I have ever seen. Not only have you given him an awesome Biblical heritage in his name, but have also provided him with a loving family. Many blessings to you today!

Monica said...

Beautiful. There are no other words. You are an amazing family and an inspiration to many.