Tuesday, February 14, 2012

LOVE my boys!!

One of the most delightful things about newly adopted children is sharing all the "firsts"-- 
especially the American holidays! 

Well, while Valentine's Day has never been one of the more important holidays for our family, this year is different.

Different because there are two more children in the house, different because of their ages, and different most of all...
because they do not come from a culture of demonstrative affection.

Our youngest, Tommy, is a lover!  He has been mama's boy since his first breath and he LOVES to hug and cuddle.

Our older boys are...well...older.
They are also from a culture where love is demonstrated more by service than open affection.  So, a holiday all about love and friendship and affection has got to be a strange concept for them.

But, today--today, my sweet husband rallied the troops to love on Mom!

Last night, while I was at an adoption gathering, my boys snuck off to the store to go Valentine's Day shopping.
(With their OWN money!)

This was the scene downstairs when I arrived to the "Party" this morning:


Posting these pictures for all the world to see is a demonstration of how much I love my boys!

Here they are just before Mom comes walking downstairs...

Even in the morning these boys are handsome!

I warned you....

Here is my sweet card from the boys!

They know how to get to mama's heart...

Tommy made sure that I knew which gift came from which child...

So, the cutest stuffed frog and coffee mug were from my sweet Cameron!
He smiled so big
 when I loved it!

The Heart shaped candy was from my youngest... (and bossiest) Tommy

And the Reese's Peanut Butter hearts...

 (really? Is there a better candy anywhere?)

 were from my adorable, responsible and fiercely protective oldest son, Colin!


Not that it could get much better, but I was also treated to a wonderful hot breakfast of Cheesy eggs, Bacon, Biscuits, and Juice
 (my favorites)
and all my guys together!

Do I have a wonderful family or what?

God is so good!  I am overwhelmed at the way He has woven this family together over the last year and how He continues to bless us each day.

Last, but most definitely not least...
I got a big old hug from my tall, handsome, oldest son before he went off to school this morning! Thank you God!


Mom2Six said...

Isn't it so cool experiencing "firsts" with our older kids!!

Joy said...

How sweet!

I love any Reese's shape candy. (trees, hearts, eggs, pumpkins). There is nothing better. I just ate three hearts right before I read your blog. :-)

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...

Hi Ms. Angie!

So sweet! My daddy brought home a valentine-themed earring + necklace set for both my mama and I along with a practical very-needed packet of socks! :) Cameron has such an amazing smile! Have you ever seen the movie Mao's Last Dancer? It's a true story about the life or Chinese dancer Li Cunxin. The boy that plays little Li reminds my mama and I a lot of Cameron. :)

Thank you for your comment on my blog! :) I'll bet it's interesting around your house with the boys playing instruments! :)

God bless you!
Joy :D

Justine said...

I love it! What treasures (the kids and the gifts)! Thanks for posting the pictures. You look great!

kimjax said...

Just LOVE it, Angie. I love your boys, too!! Colin has been an incredible help to us on this trip. Thank that sweet boy for me!!

Annie said...

Oh Angie!!!! I just love this post!!!! Your boys are just so sweet and LOVE their momma!!!!! God is just SO great!

Lisa said...

Hey Angie, can I come over for breakfast? My food never seems to look that good. Ha ha. I love how much your boys honor you!!!