Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Friday, June 29, 2012

Jesus Loves Boys With Buzz Cuts

We cut Trigg and Ivor's hair for the first time this evening. They have been buzzed before, just not by their daddy. Then we went to the church the kids have been attending Vacation Bible School at, for a barbecue. Trigg and Ivor are very social at events now. People seem to adore them, and they sure don't mind the attention.

The boys are learning all kinds of new things:

They both attempt to say "hello," as they hold their hand to their head as if it is a phone. They recently learned how to "moo" at the cows, as well as say "I love you". (It kind of sounds like "I love you," I know what they are saying!) Ivor has gone from a "non-kisser" to a real smoocher. Trigg has gotten a bit more ornery, which just confirms he is more comfortable.

I also posted some pics of them with their Great-Grandma (pre buzz cut). The night she came over we sang Jesus loves me. They are so cute doing the hand motions to the song.

Enjoy the brief update!



Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Summer Sweetness

This past weekend we spent Saturday afternoon at the lake and Sunday at the first kids rodeo of the season. Trigg and Ivor took it all in, and are doing much better handling schedule interruptions. It's so fun to watch them experience new things. Something as simple as sand on their little bare feet is new and scary.

It occurs to me each time, how little they have really been exposed to. It saddens me to think how many children will live in institutions until they age out, never getting the opportunity to feel sand beneath their feet, or wind on their face on a boat ride.

I pray that Jesus will use Trigg and Ivor to influence many more families to open their hearts and their homes to the children that need them.

Today, I give thanks for moments like these in the photos, where the family I have dreamed of for so long can enjoy a weekend like this.

In just a few short weeks, we will begin our trips to Denver Children's, to get medical care for these little guys. We are trying to live in the moment before real tough stuff begins. They will both have surgery this summer...

Many Blessings,


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Getting To Know You...

We have been home a little over a month and have had these little hams about a month and a half. We have watched thier personalies unfold and seen them bloom before our very eyes.

Here are some of the things Trigg and Ivor have in common:

They were both born in China.
They both have great senses of humor.
They both have a family that is crazy about them.
They both know how to have a good time.

Here are some of the things Trigg and Ivor are quite opposite, really.

Trigg is very careful and meticulous. He tries very hard to not get food on his face or clothing, or bib for that matter.

Ivor digs in at mealtime. He starts out with a spoon, shifts to using hands, then throws in the towel and tips the bowl. If he is done, the bowl might just end up on his head.

Trigg loves clothes! He will examine his outfit for the day, if given the opportunity he will choose it. If pleased, he will go around to his family members pointing at his favorite thing about the clothing he has on.

Ivor, well...he could care less. I am not sure he even notices.

Trigg gets very sad if you tell him no, or correct him.

Ivor gives you either a grunt or a grin and tries to either plow you over or win you over.

Trigg loves to dance.

Ivor is a Chinese Acrobat.

Both of these little guys are truly precious and uniquie in their own ways. It is facinating getting to know them. We feel like we have known them forever, yet we are watching them change daily, before our eyes. They are both so positive. It's amazing to look back and see what they have been through, and to see how happy they are regardless. They just go on...with a smile.

I am so grateful to God for bringing them into my life...