Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Silas’ Gotcha Day

In the middle of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 2 years ago today, we met Silas for the first time.  It is crazy to think it has been 2 years.  It is unreal how time has flown.  We look back at pictures of how tiny he was at 8 months and wonder where that little baby went!?  He is such a little boy now with his own personality and preferences.

Here is the link of our day of meeting Silas and this is the link of our first Gotcha Day!


This is the first picture I ever took of Silas


He was so excited to meet us that he wore himself out!  He was sleeping when we first met him.


First family photo :)


Look how tiny :)


A year later and so much different later, here is is after eating his Gotcha Day cake last year…


Today, Silas helped Amber make his brownies that we’d have after supper.  The boy LOVES helping his momma in the kitchen.  He usually does a good job unless we’re not giving him instructions and then his curiosity takes over and you don’t know what you’ll end up with :)


He also has started doing “faces” … it’s pretty comical to see how he does each one as they have changed and migrated over time.  Here’s some still shots of them (you can see some video in a minute)


Show me your happy face.


Show me your surprise face.


What about your mean face?  (it’s hard for him to do this sometimes as you can see a little smile in this pic)


Let’s see your sleeping face

Kid cracks me up.

Below is a video Amber did after lunch of him talking about his day and showing you what he can do now…


Tonight, we went to Chuy’s for supper (we went there last year so it may become a tradition).  Silas LOVES their creamy jalapeño sauce and we usually end up getting him a bowl of his own as you can see below.


As we were leaving, we had a hostess snap a picture of us.  There was one of those ‘funny’ mirrors that Silas died laughing looking at it.  He did not want to stop to take his picture (hence the staredown).


We then came home for the brownies that Silas made earlier.  As you can see in the video, he was a little excited for them!

And just to show how much he’s changed, here is the video from last year’s…his smile and look away always makes me smile :)


I still can’t believe it’s been 2 years.  Thinking what 2 more years will be like … wow, he’ll be 4.5 years old.  I better stop with those thoughts.  Enjoy one day at a time.  Cherish each moment.  Build up and not tear down.  Words to live by…

And we can’t look at all these pictures, especially the ones in Ethiopia, without thinking about our daughter.  So much of me misses Ethiopia.  We honestly haven’t focused much on the slowdown and delays in Ethiopia on here.  It is SO easy to have a complaining heart and we fall into that trap often.  And we KNOW with no doubt that God chose Silas to be our son.  And we have no doubt that He is doing the same for our daughter.  Waiting is tough.  No doubt about that either.  We can’t wait until we get to see her face, meet her, and bring her forever home to have another day of celebration in our house.  Until then, we will trust.  We will believe.  And we will enjoy each day with Silas.



Blessed Bentons said...

Love him. Love the sad face...and the little whimper he provided. Can't believe how fast time has gone. We have to breathe in each day, huh?


Christi said...

He is super cute!!! Happy Gotcha day to Silas!!