Sunday, May 16, 2010

2 YEARS!!!!!

Serbia- May 2008
Remember the days he couldn't smile without his tongue out? Love it!

May 2009

May 2010

Yesterday was Max's Adoption Day a.k.a. Gotcha Day! I can't believe it was 2 years ago that we were in Serbia. It seems like last month in so many ways. It was such a highlight of my life! Beautiful country and beautiful friends there. We miss them very much!! So, above is the year by year look back. He is getting so big! My grandma was here a while back and was looking at pictures on the wall at our house. She said, "Now, who is this one of?" She couldn't believe it was a picture of Max taken at the Children's Home in Serbia. She said, "He just looks so different now. He looks like the rest of your children." We get that alot. Several of our friends have adopted children of different races and it's funny how even they start to just be part of that family's "look."

I think adoption is one of the stronger testimony builders I have had in my life. It gave me a stronger knowledge that God knows each of us and what we need in our lives. I've said it before and I'll say it again, Max was just meant to be in our family. I think of his birth parents often and think how proud they would be of him now. I wish we could share our joy with them to ease what I'm sure is still very painful to them. I hope they are happy and have been able to move forward.

Max is the world's busiest child. Kevin nicknamed him Velcro yesterday. He took both boys to the petstore and was amazed at how many things just "jumped" into Max's one free hand. He said "I was holding his hand! How could he have grabbed so much stuff!" I just laughed. Is that mean? =-) Don't you love when dad's experience a drop of what you have been dealing with forever! LOL Max is also the world's cutest child. (Yes, this is fact. I am not bias at all.) His preschool teachers are in love with him as well as everyone at every store we go to. He is getting more social now. He used to be grouchy to people he didn't know who said hi to him but he is gettting better. He is talking so much now. Preschool has really helped that. His favorite thing to eat is yogurt. He likes to color, play musical instruments and be outside. I am excited to start using the pool in a few weeks because I know he will LOVE it.

Anyway, so happy for the 2 years we have had with our awesome son and look forward to all the crazy things he will say and do in years to come!


Zactly said...

Wow Shawnie, Max has changed so much. He looks great. You have a terrific family.

Beth said...

He's grown so much! From baby to little rambunctious boy! What a journey it's been so far--great job!


Haha, oh Max. His smile is just contagious and you just wanna scoop him up and love him. I am so glad he is apart of your family and see how it was definately meant to be...
VELCRO lol, that fits perfectly!
I love your kids Shawnie, you would think they were my niece and nephews the way I have to show everyone their pictures in my wallet :)

Mandy said...

My goodness I would never second guess that your boys are not bio. brothers! Amazing how alike they look :) Congrats on 2 years! Can't believe it's been that long already!

Julie said...

What a little doll! He has changed so much, and I love the pictures you shared. Isn't it amazing to look back and see the transformation?

By the way...I may have to disagree that Max is the busiest kids in the world. I am pretty sure David can either take or share the title! (must be their heritage?) LOL

Chippy Johnson said...

soo sweet blog.