Monday, March 26, 2012

much to share

Although I'm only posting mostly 'fluffy' updates loaded with photos and video, there is much going on internally that I want to share at some point.  It's so good.  I don't know if I'll be able to put it into words.

James is just...awesome.  I don't know what else to say.

And God is just...awesome.  I don't know what else to say about that either.

We were lavished this weekend by two families -- our biological family and our church family.  We so enjoyed our time at the lake on Friday with my family, a nice visit with JD's parents who arrived on Saturday to meet James, and then we were able to return to church on Sunday to the warmest welcome.  Man, have a lot of people been praying for us for a long time.

We hardly ever go to my parents' and not spend the night.  It was almost painful to head home on Friday.  So much so that we didn't leave until about 8:30 PM.  But it was a full house and we knew we wanted to hold off for as long as possible on having James sleep somewhere other than home.  He needs to know what and where home is.  And that's right here.  :)

So home we came and James was a champ.  He transferred from the car (where he and all his sibs fell asleep) to his pack-n-play without a peep.  Don't misunderstand.  He fully woke up, but is so dang easy-going sometimes that we just laid him down and he went right back to sleep.  Love that kid.

Here are some more photos from our visit at my parents'.

Clearly, James is warming up to dogs.  There were seven there that day (some residents, some visitors).

Is it obvious that James is often the center of attention?

James is quite used to being outdoors now.  He often asks to go outside.  So sweet.

It's probably hard to see, but he's holding a red Coke bottle cap in his hand (against his cheek).  He was way into that thing and would put it to his lips and pretend to drink out of it.

James and P, one of his most favorite people.

Love them.

(Lucy's 'fishing')

Home away from home.  

Enjoying a fish fry!  Yum!  Everyone else was out on the deck.

Moving on to our visit with JD's folks.  

They weren't always sure about our decision to adopt, but probably the greatest way we saw God do a mighty work in and through our adoption was hands down in their massive change of heart!  They didn't just say, 'Okay, fine.  Go ahead and adopt.  It's your life.'  Instead, they said, 'We get it now' and got behind us in a huge way.  In other words, God literally used them to help pull this adoption off, so having them meet James was pretty darn awesome.  

Their very first moments together.  They were so tender and gentle with James.  
Just what he needed (especially after just waking from a nap).

He's giving his Mimi one of his little smirks. 

Amazing what 24 hours will do!  He looks like he's known her since birth!  :)

Aside from his size, doesn't James look like he's about five years old here?!  Funny.  

(Jackson didn't want to cooperate with having his photo taken.  Ahhhh...).

Sweet brothers.

Jackson and Brooks thought it was hilarious to put one of my high heels on James.  Avery had been playing in them...Lord knows, I never wear them!  I was almost permanently disabled the last and only time I wore them.  No Christmas party is worth that kind of pain!  Never again.  :)

What a ham!

Love that face.  

Brooks thought he was hilarious to hide behind James.

More cuddle time with Mimi.

James and his pointer!

Pappy, Daddy and James.

James and his grandparents.

The whole gaggle.

Of course we had to go to Cracker Barrel after church.  

James is a fried okra fan!  He's a Beam, isn't he?

We were sad to see them go, but we'll hopefully see them this summer.  It has meant more than I can put into words the way our family has so easily and lovingly accepted James!  Truly amazing.


These moments were so precious to me.  I think my love meter was in the red.  
He snuggled in so close.  

He was sipping on his water bottle.  And just snuggled his head up under my chin.  
Motherhood is made for moments like these.

There's that face again.  
Oh how I love to kiss those cheeks!

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