Monday, May 30, 2011

Freedom




The thought hadn't even crossed my mind to post anything today but then Jerry came home with the kids and he had bought them both American flags and as I was watching them play with the flags, waving them around, I decided to take a couple of pictures. Watching the kids got me thinking about freedom, our country and what it means to me, also to Gracie and Kyle.

Looking at Gracie, I sometimes wonder what would have happened if she were still in China. Would she be in the orphanage, would she be with another family? Would she be loud and outgoing as she is now or shy and quiet. I think about the people still living there and try to imagine what it would be like if I was not born in the US. Would I be stubborn as I am now and fight for what's right or wrong and stand up or would I not say anything at all.

Kyle was not born in a communist country, but he could have easily been born in North Korea. Even though South Korea is not a communist country, there are still social stigmas in place, especially with single mothers and adoption, so would that be considered not having freedom?

I can't look down upon China and South Korea or talk negatively about them, as those two countries gave me something so precious, that they will never know how grateful I am. China and Korea didn't have to allow me into their country to adopt my two children but they did and for that, I am thankful. I may not agree with their policies or stigmas and that's okay as I have the freedom to do that.


On this reflective and beautiful day, I want to thank all of those who have died serving and protecting our nation. It may not be perfect, but it's ours.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Happy 2nd Birthday Kyle!

I can't believe that my little boy is 1 year older. It seems like last week (was going to say yesterday but that's so cliche) when he came home and was getting adjusted. Since Kyle's first birthday, I have seen so many changes in him. I can't believe how blessed we are to have been chosen to be Kyle's parents and watch this little boy grow and eventually become a young man. It's amazing!




Kyle's has had what they call a language explosion as he is starting to repeat everything. Not good when something slips out of my mouth that's not supposed to but we survived that phase with Gracie without too much embarrassment. Although I must say, she will say crap at the appropriate time, especially when she drops something.





Kyle is also very messy. I swear, that kid can't eat a meal without it getting in his hair, down his diaper, on the floor, etc........ You name it, it's been there.





He loves to play with cars and will make the vroom, vroom sound around the house, it's very cute. He also like Dora, Buzz and Elmo and when he sees pictures of them at the store, he jumps up and down in his seat, yelling their names at the top of his lungs.





Kyle is a daredevil. He will climb up on the couch, literally run from one end to the other and on his way back, hurl himself at you or whatever is in his path. He has gotten so many scratches or dings. I'm sensing a trip to the emergency room is in our future.





Kyle is one of the sweetest boys you will ever meet. He loves to cuddle and if he's upset, will call my name and want to be held. He will randomly come up and put his face directly in yours and give a big wet doggy kiss. Jerry has also taught Kyle to say I love you and it's the best thing ever.






There's a million things I could tell you about Kyle but this post would go on forever. Happy Birthday sweet boy, we all love you very much!











We took the kids to the circus for Kyle's birthday.

















He was fascinated with everything that went on.










Gracie said this looked like fun. Um yeah, no.













Yummy!!!















Hey, where did my cupcake go?