Jeremiah’s 2!!!

Yum, that was good!
Yum, that was good!

Like any parent, I can’t believe my little guy is two! It’s exciting, yet at the same time, I don’t want my baby to grow up so fast. Other parents used to share their woe’s about their children heading off to their first day of kindergarten, and I never got it. Now I do. I didn’t feel this way with Payton, who is now three. Maybe part of me knows that I may not adopt a baby next time. If there is a next time.

I have saved the BEST news for last. Jeremiah was adopted on August 1st!!!!!! YEA!!!! Yell it with me. We are thrilled to have him safe in our arms FOREVER!
Oh, and if you have adopted or have a heart for it (you probably do, because you’re here aren’t you?), check out Matthew West’s “Safe and Sound”. Awesome!

birthday girl

Payton is 3!

I cannot believe my little girl is 3!!! Let me say it again. Three!!! I will have to go against all writing advice and share the cliche: “Oh how time flies.” Should I add, “When you’re having fun?” ARE we having fun yet? OH YEAH!!!!
Having a toddler presents many exciting times and its fair share of challenges, and when you have Payton for a daughter, you have a few more added to the already full breakfast platter. Despite any challenges that may arise, she is the funnest little girl. Just realized that “funnest” is not really a word. Oh well. Every day with her brings new sayings, words, laughable moments, yelling induced moments, and a whole lot of other interesting occasions to make life more enriching.
And that’s exactly what Payton does, she enriches our lives. I can’t imagine life without her. For one thing, I know it would be super duper boring, and it would have a lot less hugs.
For her birthday, we invited all her friends to Banana’s Fun Park (and to Payton’s dismay there are no real bananas at Banana’s) where they all played on the Bump & Jump’s (the gigantic inflatable jump houses) and enjoyed Tinker Bell cupcakes.
Justin’s parents, sister, and brother-in-law all made it to the party, as well as my parents. What wonderful family we have!

little Jeremiah turns one

We are so happy Jeremiah is with us. We are blessed to celebrate his 1st birthday with him. What an amazing transformation this child has made! My dad says that if you never saw him in his first few months with us, you would never believe what he was like. He has made such drastic changes. When he’s not having visits with his bio dad, He is the happiest, most content little guy. He brings us joy so often.

Because of his rough infancy, I found it saddened me to be celebrating his first birthday. Of course I was thrilled to be with him and wished for nothing else. I just realized that I wanted him to stay little a while longer. Honestly I am not ready for him to grow up yet.

We celebrated Jeremiah’s birthday with a party at our house, we invited a few friends and had a good time. His actual birthday happened on the road, traveling to my Grandma’s for her surprise birthday party. We stopped and played at the park in Valentine, Nebraska. Both kids, as well as us parents, enjoyed the time playing during the long 14 hour drive.