Wednesday, November 2, 2011

First year, year of firsts.

This last week we had an anniversary, the 1 year anniversary of our official adoption of Gelly, Cardo Man and Bitsy.  What a year it has been, full of firsts for them and the whole rest of the family.  A great year, a challenging year. 

I have thought a lot about what to say about this last year, the joy of being able to experience all the firsts with Gelly, Cardo, and Bitsy, the healing I have seen in them.  The pride I have felt in the older kids as they embrace their new rolls as siblings.  The challenges that come from going from 5 kids to 9 in just a year.  The new things that Hot Mama and I have learned about parenting our unique family. 

I wasn't sure, and could write a whole novel on all the things that has happened and been felt in that year.

I was at the store the other day and got the common question "are they adopted?"  Yes, some of them.  was my answer.  The the ridiculous response that I have heard on several occasions.  "I have always wanted to adopt, but I worry I wouldn't love them as much as my real kids"


I wanted to go all rabid papa bear on her but just said they are all my "real" kids.

That helped me decide what our one year post would be.

So here is a peek into our daily life over the last amazing year with all our real kids, our real family, and our real love.

If your thinking about adoption there are more than 100,000 kids in foster care that are waiting for permanent families.


  1. Hey, its booboobear here, i just wanted to say that i love ALL of my sibblings and my mom and dad. My dads posts make me cry every time but this one especially. Thanks dad, and keep posting!

  2. I was just looking om my phone at some old pictures and saw some from jack jacks second day here and hes sooooo little!! everyone is getting so big so fast and I love and miss you all!! Dont let them forget me!!
    ~LOVE Hannah(: <3

  3. You are truly blessed. I recalled the other day a period in life when I was a child, I would always pray to be rich. That was all I wanted. Well, God does listen. I am not rich in dollars but I am rich in family. I have 9 children, 6 boys and 3 girls. I also get asked if they are all mine and shopping for grocery's, I get the question "are you shopping for a group home?" 9 shopping carts and hours later. Thanks for posting this Blog.