Saturday, May 30, 2009


Today is your 6th Birthday!! (Mommy just can't believe how darn fast this day came!)

We love you beautiful boy!!
We love your sweet smile and your kind, generous heart. 

We love your little smarty-pants ways and the how you light up when you're leaning something new.

We love how you laugh - the way your eyes crinkle up in the corners and how the sound of it fills a room with happiness.  

We love what an amazing big brother you are. 

We love that even when things aren't easy for you you keep trying.  Even when frustration overwhelms you and the sometimes tears come, you keep trying.  

We love the way you snuggle up close and give the world's best warm and fuzzy hugs.   

We even love your foot stomping to angry for words times.  (OK maybe we just think those are funny!)

We love the inside the outside the upside and all around sides of you!!  
We love you Neil-a-bear!!!
Happy happy birthday!!  Mommy & Daddy

Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Total and Complete!!

Julie and Steven got  'THE CALL'  today!!

Two beautiful children!! 
One Amazing family!

Congratulations doesn't even begin to cover it!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

One year ago today....

..... the phone rang at 2 pm and I felt the earth move as I saw our daughter's beautiful face for the first time.

Our blog was private then.  I was to scared, to nervous something could go wrong to share it with anyone besides our family and close friends.  So here is my entry from that day - one year ago- when a phone call changed everything!

Today was the day! This afternoon the phone rang and our lives changed forever!! Jessica, our Gladney caseworker, was calling to tell us about our baby girl! Our baby girl! My hands began shaking - the kind of shaking you get when hearing life changing in the most amazing way, happiness without bounds kind of news! I asked Jessica if I could call her back because I needed to try and get Joe on the phone so we could hear about our daughter together. Joe is traveling on business in NY and Boston and I think I must have left about 100 messages on his cellphone to the effect of "CALLMENOWWEHAVEADAUGHTER!! JOECALLMEEEEEE!!!! CALLMENOWWWWW!!!!" No luck!  Today of all days I couldn't get him on the phone!!

I knew I wouldn't be able to wait until tomorrow to see our little girl without literally exploding all over the walls so Neilan and I called Jessica back and together we watched as his new baby sister's pictures came up on the computer screen!! And she is absolutely, totally and completely gorgeous!! Jessica began trying to go through all the paperwork with me but at this point I had to bribe Neilan (gummie worms galore and TV in the middle of the day!) so I could hear what she was saying. Jessica spent 30 minutes going through all of Kidist's information with me and I honestly don't think I heard half of what she said - I just couldn't take my eyes off our daughter's sweet, beautiful face.  Kidist is almost 9 months old. She is a tiny little thing with huge, soulful eyes that reach deep into your heart and grab ahold. She is simply beyond words and I am so profoundly grateful that I have been given this gift of getting to be her mother!   

Poor Joe!! He was able to finally call an hour later from the back seat of his cab as he was going through the tunnels in Boston. He was on a delayed flight from NY when the call came and had just gotten my many, many messages. Now my poor husband had to wait until getting to his hotel to see pictures of his new daughter.  When he called I could hear the sheer happiness in his voice as he told me he'd just seen his daughter's face.  Like me it was love at first sight and a knowing in the heart that this beautiful little girl is ours - our daughter.  Can you believe it?!!

We Are Overjoyed!