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Thursday, September 5, 2013

All Aboard! Trigg and Ivor Turn Three!

The summer flew by and before I knew it, it was fall and a big birthday was creeping up on me.  We got Tyler moved to Colorado Springs.  Ivor's annual cleft appointment has been marked of the to-do list, our China travel group reunion has passed and things just don't quit going full steam ahead.  Welcome to a busy life, with 5 kids!  We would not have it any other way and I am glad we spend our time "living."

The twins' speech therapist introduced them to trains.  Around here, we don't seem to expose our kids to anything but animals, and as it turns out, we have a couple of little engineers!  They love trains, so this years theme was chosen by the little boogers themselves.

Trigg and Ivor

The Candy Train

Trigg trying out his new wheels! 

Ivor gettin' it!

They have a little buddy, also from China, that paid us a visit on the "real birthday."  James is a cutie and we are so glad his parents went to China and got him.  We can't imagine our lives without his cuteness!

Trigg, James and Ivor

On the boys' birthdays, I think about the family that gave them up, so they could get the help they needed.  I think about the mother, who must have felt so desperate and scared when she realized what needed to happen.  I think about the lady who "found them" and how her heart must have hurt to come upon such a discovery.  But then, I think about the God that created them, loves them more than any of us here on earth ever could, and who brought them back together so could grow and flourish together.

I am so blessed to call myself their mom.  I am so blessed to have the opportunity to watch them grow into amazing men and play out the life God has planned for them.  I pray that their biological family will have peace, peace only the Lord himself can provide that they not only "survived," they are THRIVING and are so, so very loved.


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