Wednesday, June 16, 2010

One year with Silas...

One year ago yesterday, we were in Ethiopia, walked through the gates of Hannah's Hope, and met Silas for the first time. What an amazing day! This past year has been filled with so much joy, laughter, learning, and smiles. There is so much to say here and so little time to say it ... mostly because I can't keep my eyes open.

Silas is an amazing boy. At some point, I need to do a year-in-review recap ... until then, I will just say that I am so blessed to be able to call him my son.

We went out to eat at Chuy's last night and then came home and had some cake (after a song, of course). The boy loves the word 'happy' now. Ever since my birthday when Amber and he sang happy birthday to me and he helped me blow out my candles. We'll say cake and he'll say 'happy' :)

I know some people don't prefer the term 'gotcha day' but we're ok (at least for now) with it so please reserve any of those comments (well, for the 5 people that read this blog still).

Here was our boy on June 15, 2009 at Hannah's Hope in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We had just met him and he was sound asleep ... the boy still LOVES his sleep ... makes his daddy proud! :) . We waited a few minutes before his special mother said it was ok to wake him up....it's still so surreal.




And here he was last night...






We love you Silas!! I thank God everyday for allowing me to be your daddy and for His provision in your life. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for you...you may even be a big brother by then!! :)

12 comments:

Kristi J said...

yayyyy, happy 1 year Silas..We all love you little buddy!! :) kj

marathonmommy said...

Awww! So cute to hear Silas 'talking' about HH and Almaz. I feel like I know him from all the time I've spent looking at his pictures (for LLs video). I still think it is amazing that they are able to be friends so many zillion miles away from "home." You guys are awesome! Congrats on your first year together!

Beck, Helen and Will's Mom said...

So sweet! Love the cake, the song and listening to Silas and all of his words! It has been an amazing year! So glad that we got to be with you guys last Saturday to celebrate and catch up! Looking forward to the AGCI picnic at the end of July when we can visit again!

Tisha said...

LISTEN TO HIM TALK... so adorable!!! I have to say that he was more interested in where that cake was though... my kinda guy! ;)
Happy GOTCHA DAY Silas! We love you!

Renee said...

Yah happy 1 year Silas. Love hearing him talk..I need to get Noah on video soon. Silas looks like he is all about the cake.

mary leigh said...

so, I was watching the video this morning while Bates was eating breakfast. after you sang and silas started clapping, Bates yelled YEAH! and clapped too! Then he signed "more, more" so we watched it again!
Yeah for one year home, sweet Silas!

Dawn said...

Yay - Happy Gotcha Day! (we don't mind it either)
Can't wait to see you NEXT month!!

Paul and DeeDee said...

Happy Gotcha Day Silas!! We love you buddy! When Jackson watched this video he remembered that he has those same glow in the dark animal pjs that he LOVES....of course they are entirely too small on him so now he is crying because they are in the attic....so thanks:) haha!

From a full heart... said...

Awww, that just makes me happy from head to toe! LOVE that sweet boy. What a gift he is! Happy Gotcha Day Silas!!

Josh and Kristi said...

Congrats!

Matt said...

Happy Gotcha Day!

Jay said...

I have enjoyed watching all of your pics stories and updates on silas I hope I get to meet him next week at the reunion. I will be praying you get his little sister soon and your fundraiser does awesome. Miss ya Nicole