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Monday, December 28, 2009

Reflecting on 2009

Wow! I cannot believe that the end of 2009 is here. It has been a very busy year. It has been full of ups and down, but mostly ups.

We were able to celebrate Michael's first birthday home this year. He turned 3 in July. He has 3 parties to match his age, one at our church with family and friends, one at daycare, and one at Gamma and Papa's house in New Hampshire.

Michael made many advancements this year in every area. At the beginning of the year he was still only saying one or two words at a time. He had surgery in August to completely close his palate. After this, he began to start saying more phrases. Now, he is making complete sentences and asking for things he want. He knows his color and shapes and can count into the double digits. He loves to read, color, sing, and play. He enjoys playing with his trains for hours on end. This year his personality has blossomed. He is a fun loving child who has more energy that the Energizer Bunny. He is a comedian and loves to make people laugh.

After Michael's surgery, we were given information on a foundation that helps parents with the medical bills of special needs children who have been adopted internationally called the

Laila Rose Foundation, After contacting them and applying for aid, they were able to help us with Michael's medical bills.

We met with our social worker Kristin in January (6 month follow-up) and July (1 year follow-up) to update her on how our life with Michael was going. We also filed for readoption here in Virginia. This makes the adoption legal in all states of the U.S. and allows us to get a birth certificate for Michael here in Virginia. When the readoption was finalized, our agency closed our case. Everything is done!

Bill and I both celebrated our 34th birthdays this year. In April, we celebrated 5 years of marriage.

I have been at my job for almost 9 years now. I made it through two rounds of lay offs at work this year. However, Bill was not as lucky. After working for his company for 12 years, he was laid off in September. Fortunately, he went out the next day with resumes in hand and was able to find a new job in a matter of hours. We think that in the long run the new company will be a much better fit for him. One other low point we had in our year was the passing of Bill's grandmother. She lived next door to us and was a wonderful woman. He health had been declining over the past few years and quickly deteriorated after a hospital stay in August.

We traveled a little less this year than last. We didn't go half way around this world this year. We spent time at Easter with Gamma, Papa, and Mamaw & Papaw Ryan. We showed them a few sites in Richmond and then toured D.C. for a day. We ended the weekend by visiting Aunt Carrie in Charlottesville for brunch. In July, we took a vacation to New Hampshire to visit Gamma and Papa. Most of the time we were there it rained. However, it allowed us to have a very low key week. Since then, Michael and I have traveled to Alabama to attend my aunt's funeral. Gamma and Papa moved to South Carolina in November. Michael and I drove to visit them just before Christmas. He is down there visiting them again for almost a whole week. Our house is going to be very quiet...... too quiet.

As I look back on this year, there is so much to be thankful for....... our friends, our family, our faith, our health, all of the doctors, nurses, and medical staff that help with Michael's surgeries and routine care, the Laila Rose Foundation, and so on.

As we go into 2010, I am hopeful and look forward to all that is to come. Have a happy and safe New Year!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Technical difficulties

It seems that I am having technical difficulties with the blog. I will be working on it and hope to have it looking right soon.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Family Pictures

I will be updating a little bit more soon. However, I wanted to post this tonight. We had our family photos made on Saturday. Michael did very well and posed like the photographer asked. She was very good with him. Here are some of the pictures we ended up with:

Monday, October 5, 2009

This & That....

Okay, I admit it. I am slacking off on the blog. It has been over a month since I posted and I have been told that I must post more pictures of Michael.

It seems like time gets away from me these days. We are staying very busy and are all doing well. Michael has healed from his surgery and is able to eat anything he wants. His speech has really taken off in the last month or so. His vocabulary grows everyday.

He is also almost potty trained. He his very proud and enjoys announcing to the world.... okay maybe not the world but all of Wal-mart or any other public place that we happen to be in.... "I PEEEEEEEEED!!!!!"

Over the last month, we kept very busy. We enjoyed a trip to the zoo and celebrated the Autumn Moon Festival with Families of the China Moon at a local park. Michael also got his first big boy haircut.

Here are some pictures from the last month.

Feeding the Giraffe
(one of my favorite pics)

New Friends

They liked the animals.

But.... They loved to climb!

Here we go!

This is fun!


All Done

Big Boy

Michael & His Arch Nemesis at Peace

He loves to swing!

I bet that made you smile!


Being Crafty

Michael's First Driving Lesson
He drove from Nana's driveway to ours.
(with a little help)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Surgery and more

Michael had surgery this past Tuesday. It was an adventure. He came through surgery with flying colors. However, we were in the recovery room for 9 hours, because they were unable to find a room for him. Finally, at 9:30 p.m. we were in a room. After a long day on Wednesday, we were able to go home at 5 p.m.

Since coming home, Michael has been doing very well. He is back to his rambunctious, playful self. He is eating like an NFL linebacker.

I have found a site to upload our adoption video to. If you click on this link, you will be able to view it.

Here are a few pictures from the hospital: