Sunday, February 28, 2010

Recap (and a family post)

Last weekend was (FINALLY) real nice here in TN and we got the opportunity to go to the park and let Silas enjoy what he likes best ...being outside. We are so ready for Spring to get here and longer days and warmer weather!

Silas loved walking up this ramp ... it was pretty steep ... I was impressed that he could go up it without holding on to anything.

The jury is still out on whether we think Silas likes to swing by himself ... alot of time he looks nauseous but warmed up to it this day.

Silas and I heading back into the playground

How can you not love that boy? Need a reason to have an amazing blessing in your life? There he is :)

OK, we didn't 'do' his hair before going to play but you can see how long it's getting :) He's getting a little less tolerant of us doing it now ... still trying to figure out how long we'll let it get...

Silas wanted to swing with mama before we left ... I think he likes that more than swinging by himself.

This past Friday afternoon we had the joy of welcoming home this family with their 2 boys from Ethiopia. My prayer is that Silas will get to know them well as their youngest is real close in age to him and we just haven't found a whole lot of Ethiopian boys close in age to him. Kristi did a great job in her post ... read more here.

Silas with 2 of Amy's kiddos "patiently" waiting for the delayed plane. It's amazing how God planted Amy & Paul in our lives. We met them at an African fellowship about an hour away in early fall and found out they live in our town ... not only in our town but less than a mile away! They are an amazing family and in process of adopting a little boy ... how great will it be for Silas to have an Ethiopian buddy that close! What's great is that we can share our experiences with them and when they travel back home, they can do the same for me as our agency's transition home moved so there is alot of new experiences in country.

Their daughters meeting their brothers for the first time! Flat-out amazing to witness.

OK, most of the rest of this post is really for our family. Since Amber and I are implants to TN, we have family telling us they are having Silas withdrawals. You are more than welcomed to watch if you're not family but just a warning they're longer videos....

This one is one from us hanging out watching the Olympics on Friday night. Silas loves to walk backwards now and thought it was funny that he was going 'byebye' for some reason.

Saturday morning Amber went to (try to) give blood (but the wait was like 2 hours) and go run a couple errands. Silas and I had the opportunity to hang out all morning. Here is ~10 minute glimpse of what life is like with him :)

Right after that video, something sparked Silas into remembering Mama wasn't home and he was on a quest to find her!

This morning we had the opportunity to go to friends' house for breakfast. They called last night and said his brother and sister-in-law were coming in town for a night. They had been in Louisville for an adoption conference and they feel God is leading them to adopt from Ethiopia! So over breakfast we discussed our experiences in the adoption process, how God led us on the journey to Silas, how He's still leading us, and the orphan crisis and how He's asking us all to stand up for them. What a great morning!

Alright, better get some workwork done :( Have a great week (or 2 or 3 ... knowing how often I post :)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Silas missing his travel buddy

Silas could not get enough of his travel buddy Will's video recently. He seriously watched it probably 15 times and wanted more. Silas live about 3 hours from Will so we have been able to see him a couple times since coming home. We need to get our Will-fill again soon though!

He also loved watching his "If you're happy and you now it" video and got the loud-scream mad when we said we were done after 10 times of watching it. We'll have to post that at some point ...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

One year ago....

This is what we were experiencing a year ago today...

I can't fathom that it has been a year that we first saw Silas' almost-4-month-old face. I can't believe he will be 16 months tomorrow. I can't believe that I'm his dada. I can't tell you how good of a mama Amber is. I can't believe how well he's doing. I can't believe he's been home almost 8 months. I can't believe how loud his mad scream is. I can't believe how much joy he brings me. I can't believe how much I love him. I can't believe we'll be starting the process again in a little over a month and Silas will be a big brother to a sister.

Here is one of the first pictures we saw of Silas...

Here is a picture of Silas tonight ... we celebrated by going out to eat Greek. Poor Ethiopian :). Then we stopped by Sonic and got a Blast and we all shared the ice cream (picture of Silas after eating ice cream ... he shared our joy of the dessert. (and you can see his first molar on his bottom right side...)

And here is a video of Silas doing his latest thing he's learned ... circles! :)