Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Happy Birthday Jake!

Jake turns 4 years old today, and we're going to have a big party with most of the family. Cooking out hamburgers, cake, homemade ice cream.

Jake's now been with us longer than he's been without us. We've been so blessed with our little man.

Happy Birthday Jake! We love you!

Here Jake and his good buddy pose with some of his presents.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Oct. 5, 2008

Two years ago, in the Bell Tower Hotel in Xi'an, China, we received a knock on our door. We opened it to see our guide, Kelly, two men, a woman and a little boy we only knew from photographs, a medical report and a couple of updates.

He started crying when he saw us, but he calmed down some when his ayi picked him up and carried him into our room and our lives.

When she handed him to Violet, he started crying again. As we all know, there have been more tears in these past two years, as well as lots of laughs and good memories. It's been a fun and wild ride watching Jake grow.

That's Jake playing with his friend Marossie at a recent Moon Festival gathering for all the families in our area.

We wouldn't trade these past two years for anything in the world.