Saturday, November 16, 2013



See that little boy …well he is my son.  This picture was the first time I saw him.  This was one of many pictures from the adoption agency. 
What followed afterwards was a 3 week visit with us … he was a couple of years older when we first met him and his sister, but he was a charmer, and great kid.
Three and half years ago it was official, the adoption went through, he became our son, and his sister became our daughter….
We arrived home as a family in the spring and I became a mom to a boy and girl that did not speak a word of English …how we communicated, I have no idea; it’s a blur.  Yet somehow, all our points, concerns, and feelings were understood.

He is now in the middle school…and is a fine little man.  We thought he was going to struggle in the 6th grade.  He took on so many responsibility, joined the boy scouts, and lighting crew for the school play.

Carving pumpkins second year.

 Testing out of E.S.L (after two years)

5th grade play

Dad giving him tissues as a gift for his birthday!

Oh yeah, he got what he wanted!

With me (so proud of him)

Moving up day,  (graduation day)

Skipping stones

A  day at the beach!

James and dad!

I am mentioning all of this, because what this boy has done in 3 ½ years, I am not sure if my husband or I could have done.
He learned a new language
Made friends
Learned how to socialize
Learned how to study
He is our son and we are so proud of all his accomplishments, we know this is all so new to him having parents and guiding him to do well.

A couple of weeks ago I decided that the electronic games were not allowed during school nights.   As I said he took on a lot, lighting crew, boy scouts, and all his homework and studying he had to do.  He listened but at some point, he asked me to reconsider and said, I’m getting good grades and listening to you and dad.  Please let me play after dinner! 
Both my husband and I agreed and said he can play for 1 hour every night.  But if we see that his schoolwork or  his grades start to slip we will stop it.

 So 3 ½ years here with us and our son is on

The Honor Roll

Awesome job James!

You amaze us, we love you, and your family is so proud of you!



  1. James is a handsome brut!
    and sounds like a wonderful young man.
    and honer roll... what else can mamma ask for?

  2. oh marisa b.
    be still my heart.
    this post brought tears to my eyes.
    he is such a fine little man. mature beyond his years. and so cute! . . . warning!!! GIRLS AHEAD!!!
    and I've said it before . . . still say it . . . he just resembles nick to me! father and son!
    as years go by they will both start to look like BOTH of you. I've read about it. it's some kind of phenomenon. but such a nice one! xo

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