Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Happy Days!

Seven Months ago I posted about our frustrations in waiting and the sad stats in orphanages accross Russia.

Three Months ago I posted pictures from our first trip.

Two Months ago on November 30th I wrote the post "Officially Ours".

One Month ago I wrote the post "There's No Place Like Home".

A common question we hear now is, "would you do it again?" Yes - we love our new son, of course. Will we do this again? Doubtful. While we would love t0 think that someday we would go back and bring home another beautiful child, the finnacial and emotional drain is more than we could bare.

So...while on this blog you will never again read about the excitement of our journey with two children under 3 accross the world, that is not why we started this. The reason for titling this post "Happy Days" is because I swore that when we got Brady home I would not take our children and our time together for granted. I LOVE being a mom but somedays it is honestly not on my top list things to do to play dolls or roll matchbox cars accross the floor repeatedly. Amongst the large midst of junk emails I opened today, I found one that brought tears to my eyes. It reminded me of that overwhelming feeling I had throughout the adoption process: a reminder to love and hold these children of ours. The email below was said to be written by a police officer whose daughter is dying of brain cancer.

*Just for this morning, I am going to step over the
laundry, and pick you up and take you to the
park to play.

*Just for this morning, I will leave the dishes in
the sink, and let you teach me how to put that
puzzle of yours together.

*Just for this afternoon, I will unplug the
telephone and keep the computer off, and sit with
you in the backyard and blow bubbles.

*Just for this afternoon, I will not yell once, not
even a tiny grumble when you scream and whine
for the ice cream truck and I will buy you one
if he comes by.

*Just for this afternoon, I won't worry about
what you are going to be when you grow up, or
second guess every decision I have made where
you are concerned.

*Just for this afternoon, I will let you help me
bake cookies, and I won't stand over you trying
to fix them.

*Just for this afternoon, I will take us to
McDonald's and buy us both a Happy Meal so
you can have both toys.

*Just for this evening, I will hold you in my arms
and tell you a story about how you were born
and how much I love you.

*Just for this evening, I will let you splash in the
tub and not get angry.

*Just for this evening, I will let you stay up late
while we sit on the porch and count all the stars.

*Just for this evening, I will snuggle beside you
for hours, and miss my favorite TV shows.

*Just for this evening when I run my finger
through your hair as you pray, I will simply be
grateful that GOD has given me the greatest gift
ever given.

*I will think about the mothers and fathers who
are searching for their missing children, the
mothers and fathers who are visiting their
children's graves instead of their bedrooms, and
mothers and fathers who are in hospital rooms
watching their children suffer senselessly, and
screaming inside that they can't handle it

*And when I kiss you good night I will hold you
a little tighter, a little longer. It is then, that I will
thank GOD for you, and ask Him for nothing,
except one more day.............


Troy and Rachel said...

What a beautiful post. I am so glad you are so happy with your new family!! I know Brady is one lucky little boy.

Michael and Carrie said...

This is great to hear and to be reminded of what God has given us and not take our families for granted!

Carey and Norman said...

This is a wonderful post! Thank you for sharing.

Carey and Norman said...

Oh yeah, we are waiting to see more pictures!! :o)

Adrienne and Jim said...

This is beautiful! I'm so glad you are enjoying your time at home with your little ones!

MandyJo013078 said...

That was a wonderful post Amy - I hope that you are enjoying Allison and Brady! I know it's easy to get caught up in the day to day - but I'm sure you are doing the best that you can! Plus 2 is a good number - not everyone can afford to adopt more than once. I know that if I don't get married or even if I do there might be a good chance that I'd only get to adopt once. I'm glad to hear that your family is doing well.