Wednesday, February 9, 2011

2 Years Of......

absolute blessings with this baby boy!

Today marks two years to the date that our beautiful boy was placed into our arms. I always believe and have remarked to others that the first year home with these precious babies is so poignant, such a time of endless discovery and joyous surprises. Year 2 then is pure sweetness as you tumble further in love, as your family ties strengthen and are reinforced with the bliss of being able to remember back to how your little one reacted at any given holiday the year before.....to how your wee one has changed, flourished and in turn how they have changed each one of us!

How tremendous it feels to celebrate two years of this one tiny boy, a son for us, a brother for our Lauren and absolutely our second miracle. He is and will always be my baby.........our family completed. Our prayers answered twice.


Two Years of beautiful baby boy,




Two years of special blessings, both near and far.......



Of more kisses that I can count(!)..........



Of many "firsts".......and how those moments are never truly gone. Growing as a family means always experiencing "firsts" time & again,

Of smiles & moments that light up my world..........


Two years of sweet baby cheeks...............of one kind, :)

and another............... ;)


Two years of (occasional) tears and letting us know if we got it wrong........................

and of witnessing self discovery...............growing independence,

and of not giving up and trying to figure it all out.............

Two years of some surprises............ *smile*

TWO YEARS of being Mama to these 2 darlings.........and delighting in them, of their moments together.............

**One sweet girl who was desperately missed, waking up in the wee hours of the morning to finally hold her long awaited baby brother. In my heart we were not really *home* until I saw them together and could hold them both close ~ forever.


Two years of playing with Big Sis.............learning about each others' worlds,


Two years of her helping hands...............



And getting used to buckets and oodles of La La "kissies".......

Two years of GREAT hair................ :)


Two years of faith and of learning about & folding a third beautiful culture into our own..............of redefining our family again,




Two years of tender moments and more joy than I can express.............then,


and now.............


Two years of being a family of four ( five with Lexi girl!).................


Two years of celebrations, discoveries, day trips, family, friendships, stumbles, challenges, triumphs, boo-boo's, vacations, diapers, potty training, new teeth and lost ones(!).........2 years of easy mornings, hectic weekends, sleepless nights and snuggling close, sniffles, changing family dynamics, responsibilities, leaps of faith, trips to the park & sledding hill, rushed meals and savored over itty bitty moments & of loving...........more than I can possibly share in one post. TWO YEARS (and more!!!) of utter thankfulness.
Two years that began with one moment...................our first glimpse,



Two years and yes that picture makes me cry every time(!)...................and the journey continues.

24 comments:

Future Mama said...

Oh, you made me tear up!! Love this post...love the pictures...so happy for you. Happy Two Years!!!

Much love,
Future Mama
http://expectingablessing.blogspot.com/

minime0910 said...

What a special day this is for both of us!!! Your sweet words brought me to tears, and once again I must wonder, with his good looks, charm and personality, how and why is T not a child model?! That kid could charm the the socks off anyone!!! I am so lucky he is my future son-in-law. What a blessed time this is!! Happy Tyler Day!!! Love, Erin (who is celebrating Happy Hannie Day as well!)

rachel said...

wow lisa, TWO YEARS! i cannot believe it! how very awesome. i hear that in adoption, two years is really pure magic.

i loved all these pics, walking down memory lanes with you, and that last one made me tear up a bit too. feeling so blessed to have been able to follow your journey.

Journey to our baby said...

Oh, that last picture, that makes me tear up also with the feeling coming back it to my stomach the first time I saw Julianna. Can you believe it has already been two years, the time is moving so quickly. Can't wait to see you in August (it's not really meeting since we have talked so many times over the last 3 years!).

Shirley H. said...

Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing =)

Wanda said...

Oh Lisa - very few can write so straight from the heart that mine almost feels pierced. How you summed up the awesome blessing that these two years have been for you and your family.

(So....how's that book coming along?)

And your pictures - oh the joyous moments you captured - each one a step of joy and love. Happy two years together!!

Hugs.

Lou Ann said...

Love the pictures & the family!! Congratulations on the first two of what I'm sure will be many more fun, silly, wonderful years!

Lou Ann & Lexie too

michelle said...

Happy Tyler Day!! Those pictures brought happy tears. How could you not fall in love with his eyes, his hair and those cheeks. Just adorable. His face shows so much emotion. He is such a sweetheart and seeing him and Lauren. Wow, both of them have changed so much in the past 2 years. Lauren has turned into a beautiful young lady. And that Tyler just gets cuter and cuter!

Have a wonderful day with Tyler! Give him a hug from Lexie. She can't wait to give him one in person.

Mark & Kris said...

What a little dumpling! Can't believe it has been to years! Happy family day!

7th heaven: 4Chinadolls 1gentleboy said...

Happy 2 years....and many, many, MANY more:)

Dianne said...

Beautiful and heartwarming! Congrats

QingLu Mama said...

Crying now too!
Oh... you always have such a lovely way of narrating your posts and making me feel like I am part of your family! The photos are beautiful and it was a joy to walk memory lane with you!

And I'm amazed at how big Tyler has gotten, but more so how mature Lauren has grown! They are both so beautiful!

And I loved every photo of that darling boy, with the last being just one amazing shot that encompasses the moment! What a magical, amazing and huge day! (Sometimes I can smell Taiwan when I close my eyes, but that last photo brought it all rushing back....the smells, the sounds and the vibrant feel to the air. )

So Happy Happy Family Day, I am sure it was celebrated with much joy and love!
Jen

And I always smile a bit extra on that day, knowing just where you were the day my baby was born!

Tracy Ann said...

He is soooo cute! Thanks for this post, I was in a bad mood and this snapped me out it. What a joy!!
I love the pictures of him with his sister, you can tell how much they love each other.
Happy family Day!

Lori Printy said...

LOVE this post. 2 years of wonderful.

And the hair!!! As you might guess I love me some wild hair.

I don't think we ever get over feeling like the luckiest parents on the planet.

Mama Shoe said...

Love looking at the pictures of your two year's journey. So heartwarming!

lorabelle said...

Sweet Sweet Sweet! What a beautiful post. I totally get it too... As indescribable as it so often is, you did a wonderful job! He is so precious. Both of your children are just as precious as they can be. The adoration in each of their eyes for each other often moves me when I visit your blog.
Raising a family isn't an easy job and it's truly refreshing to visit the blogs of those who put their hearts and souls into doing just that and making it work.
I know you don't need to hear it, but I happen to think you are doing a fabulous job and I'm really looking forward to catching glimpses here and there of the years to come:)

Joe and Jane said...

Congrats on the big day! What a fabulous photo montage too! Most of all, I love that hair!!!

Buckeroomama said...

I could so feel your love in this post, in the pictures... such a wonderful, wonderful read. :)

Happy Tyler day! Here's to many, many more super duper wonderful years ahead!

She Writes said...

Isn't it a miracle every step if the way??

Christine said...

I'm all weepy here! This. was. beautiful. I loved reading about your journey as a family of four... I loved seeing wee little Tyler... and now, full blown toddler Tyler! WOW. You are so adept at voicing so many of the feelings I have... but could never express quite as eloquently as you do. Thank you, as always, for sharing...

Happy Two Years!

Kelli said...

What a beautiful post in honor of a wonderful day and amazing little man. SUch a beautiful family of five :)! Happy family day!!

Andrea and Jeff said...

Tyler is such a magnetic little boy. He is so, so cute. Congrats on a special day!

Tina Michelle said...

Such a precious post! Loved all those pictures of him and that hair is amazing.

Michele M said...

Love love love the recap!!!

It actually brought tears to my eyes. Gosh how times flies.

What a special gift little and now not so little Ty is...

Sorry it took me so long to stop by and read your updates.

Hugs.