Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Long neglected blog




Not sure if anyone is still listening, but here I am updating this long neglected blog. 

You see, Steve took our laptop to Ukraine when he went to pick up Evan.  Apparently the strain of being hauled halfway around the world was a little too much to bear for that old excuse for a computer and it bit the dust shortly after they came home.  

And I can't blog from an iPad.  Can anyone blog using an iPad?  Mine won't let me scroll down when I am writing, so after about a few sentences it was no bueno.  Thus no blogging for me.

But all that aside, here we are.  Dash got a new laptop for Christmas and now mama (that's me) can steal it and use it while he is in school.  Thus here I am.  Blogging.....  Shocker.

I have so much to say, but I am sure you all really just want to see pics of Evan and hear how she is doing in our family.  I ain't gonna lie, it was rough at first.  Really rough.  And I have ALOT to say about that, but I'm putting it all together in my head first, trying to figure out if it is okay to share.

Yes, we struggled, of course we did.  Anyone who has ever adopted or has been adopted will you that there are rough patches.  Our rough patch was a pretty dang epic.  And not epic in a good way.  :) But now we are a family and we love, LOVE, hearts wide open.  We have our good days and bad days but they are OUR days and we work through each and every one.  She is loved and loves us so fiercely that it brings tears to my eyes.  That love was hard won, but we made it and we are going to keep on making it. 

So here is our update.  It's a doozie.

 Someone turned 15.  Cutest 15 year old ever.

 Paisley has been working on her chomping skills.  So much yes!

Summer went by too fast for my two five year olds.

 Impromptu photo op...otherwise known as we thought we might want to adopt again so family photo time.  That isn't happening, because... well.... long story.

 First day of high school.

 Fifties day at school for the younger kidlets.

 Halloween.  Yep, Evan picked that costume.  You go with your grim reaper self.   Please note Paisley's upside down pirate headband.  Please note that I fixed it before we went trick or treating only because Steve pointed it out.  Mom of the year.

 November beach trip because mama needed some driftwood.  So much fun.... except when Jack stole Dash's driftwood.  This is Dash's he stole my driftwood face.  Poor Dash.

 Evan, Pearl and Steve.  Cuteness, y'all.

 Speaking of cuteness.  Boom.

 Paris, writing his name in the sand with a feather.  Gosh, I love him.

 It finally got cold enough to wear warm clothes.  Louisiana rocks.

 Christmas 2014

 Giant bouncy house.  All the kids want to jump in it ALL OF THE TIME.  So fun and they love it.

 I chopped all of my hair off.  Getting my old lady haircut on.
 Evan posing with her new headband and necklace.  She is all about the glamour.

 Gamble, one of our rescue dogs.  

Pearl, our first rescue pooch, sporting a navy sweater that I made for her.  She looks thrilled, right?

Grits, Gamble's sister, also a rescue.  They are quite a pair.

Did I mention Evan loves animals?   Loves them.  We also have a cat named Hiccup and a old man collie named Clem.  No more pets, Evan.  Please... 

So there it is.  Sorry it has taken me so long to update.  I promise I'll do better.  Not sure if anyone is still around to read this, but if you are, thanks for your support, for your love, and for holding us close when we were falling apart.  So happy to report that our little family is doing so wonderfully and we are stronger than ever.  Love wins.  It really does.

 Hope you liked the update.

See ya soon!!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Love never ends.

Three years ago today we were waking up in Moscow, Russia.

We were there to meet our daughter.

A daughter we had grown to love after almost a year of  just trying to make it to her.

We were so nervous, driving the hour or so just to get to her babyhouse.  I remember squeezing Steve's hand, and smiling through tears, happy tears, as we parked in front of this looming brick building in front of us.

Inside was a treasure, hidden away, but a treasure nonetheless.

September 12th, 2011.  She had our hearts from the minute they brought her in.

We love you, Paisley girl.

That is never going to change.

Almost three years home.  Sometimes love does win.

  Love is patient, love is kind.                       

 Love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. 

It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 Love never ends

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Love, pardon, faith, hope, light, and joy.

What precious gifts Jesus gives to each of us.
But we can't keep them all to ourselves.
He has instructed each of us.
Go out into the world, share these gifts, show the world His love...

Find some peace today, friend...share it with the world, let it spread like wildfire. Pour it out over your family, your friends, the people you see at Target.

For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Love y'all.  

Happy Easter.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Be it ever so humble...

There is no place like home.

Evan and Steve arrived home on Saturday, February 16th.

The boys, Paisley, and I waited ever so patiently (as if) for their plane to arrive in Houston.

Do Not Be Fooled

These smiling faces were not this good while we waited,

and waited,

 and waited...

Okay, Paisley was this good while we waited, but by the end of it even she was showing a bit of attitude.  What is it with immigration taking FOREVER to let my girl into this here country.  Dang!!

But then this happened...

And everything pretty much became a blur from the tears that wouldn't stop.

Then all these little moments added up to one great big moment when Evan said, "This is my family."

Her crazy, can't understand a word they are saying, but I think I like them anyway, family.

And that is just what we have become these last few weeks... 

A family.

We laugh, we cry, we watch as relationships are born in tiny moments when life is just happening all around us.

This is what becoming friends with your sister looks like.

We have eaten cheeseburgers, went to the movies, studied English, played with our new sister, and even had our first day of school in America.  We've been pretty busy.  :)

And we couldn't have done any of it without you.

You helped make this happen,

this life,

this smile,

this girl and her new family.

You don't look at me and say it was nothing.

Because it is something, something that is so absolutely amazing.

Thank you, sweet friends.

Just thank you.

All of you toffee eating, tshirt buying, crazy wonderful friends.  You rock my world.  And I know for sure you have rocked Evan's world.

Oh and one other little person wants to thank you too.

You know helped her cross an ocean a few years ago.

So from Paisley and all of the Tam crew...

We love you all more than pie (and toffee!!!))