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Thursday, November 27, 2008

I Am Thankful For All My Turkeys!

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever."
1 Chronicles 16:34

Nathaniel enjoying his First Thanksgiving, and showing his teeth! The top right tooth is about the size of all his other teeth put together! He is working on his top left tooth...pray for us. :-)

My turkey sugar cookies...yes, I know. They don't *really* look like turkeys. In fact, some looked like mice, chicks, a baseball glove, etc. But, they are supposed to be turkeys, and they taste REALLY good!

My turkey, I got a little carried away trying to be creative.

Nathaniel being silly with cousins Dominic and Desarae.

Nathaniel getting his first taste of Pumpkin Pie. Grandma fed him quite a bit, and he especially LOVED the Cool Whip.

Cuddling with Auntie Shelli, wearing his "I'm Thankful For My Family" bib.

It was so much fun being able to celebrate Nathaniel's first Thanksgiving. It brought a new meaning to an already special day. We are so thankful to the Lord for our little miracle.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Heart Bursting With Love

Last night I was laying in bed, around 11:30 PM (no, I am NOT a night person, it's the seasonal night job). I was overwhelmed with undescribable love for my son! So much so, that I was considering waking him up just to hug and kiss him (I didn't though).

What an amazing miracle God has given us. We are truly thankful, not just at Thankgiving, but always.

Gobble Gobble,

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Operation Christmas Child

Every year our church and school participate in the Operation Christmas Child program which sends Shoeboxes of gift to children all over the world. This year the congregation and school kids gave over 100 boxes!!!! It is so much fun to shop for and put together the boxes! This year we did was from Nathaniel! :-)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I think Nathaniel is going to start college tomorrow...

I finally understand. It is true, children grow up way too fast. Our little Nathaniel amazes me everyday with his new discoveries. It is exciting and yet I find myself reminiscing of the first meeting with our son, just 5 months ago.

I remember watching and weeping as each family was united with their child. Rachel brought the children out in alphabetical order, so we were last with a "W" last name.

When Rachel handed our little love bug to us, I became a puddle in an instant. He smelled like heaven. I even remember he had the hiccups! (Paul teases me about this because I still talk about his hiccups when we first met him every time he gets them now!) It took him about a minute to realize he wasn't too sure of us. His reaction to us at first wasn't the "ideal" that others may expect or dream of, but that isn't what I remember. I remember holding, hugging and kissing my son for the first time. Changing his diaper was something Paul & I fought over (not anymore though)!

Now, 5 months later, I couldn't imagine our life without him. We will never be the same again!

Nathaniel has done A TON of growing and changing since I last posted! Everytime he wakes up from a nap, I think he has grown an inch. Little boy is not so little! He towers over every 1-2 year old we know. After months of rolling, he started, what we call, "swimming" across the floor. That quickly changed to the real crawl, and now he is super crawler. Seriously, don't blink or he will be gone.

He is also so close to walking, it scares me! He pulls up on everything he can (ie toilets, trash cans, the dog, our legs, the washer and dryer, etc.) He has even done the "look, ma, one hand" pose and looked determined to take a step...I will post as soon as it happens.

We have started our list of things to get him for Christmas: a box, electrical cords, dog dishes, TV controllers and shoes. :-) But seriously, why buy a bunch of the latest, greatest toys when all he will want is the box?! :-)

Here are a couple of new pictures:

Nathaniel hanging out with Auntie Misma, sporting the new outfit she gave him.
All bundled up going for a walk with Daddy.

Celebrating Auntie Misma's birthday.

Reading a book with Grandma. She was here for almost a week! Nathaniel really likes Grandma!

Thanks for checking in with us. I promise to try harder to update more often. I am working in the evenings at Harry and Davids again this year, so my days and nights are packed. I savor every moment I am home to spend with my son.
T-minus 11 days until Nathaniel's first Thanksgiving!!!!!