|Colin in May, 2012|
But, God has blessed us.
As I look back to that day, I see how much he has changed since coming home to America.
It does our hearts good to see him thrive this way.
As was true last year, birthdays start early in our house. Luckily, this year, everyone had all their clothes on for the video!
Once we were all ready for school, Tom cooked Colin a special breakfast of sausage biscuits and scrambled eggs. (By the way, for those who are interested, we are going to need a full dozen eggs for a simple meal once Cooper comes home.)
The card that my Mom sent in the mail was waiting for him at the table. There is something really nice about seeing your adoptive child's new name on an envelope.
|Yes, that's Colin with his shirt off! |
He eventually put it back on when he dried off.
|Tom w/ Pastor Richard Brown|
|Look at these beautiful stairsteps!|
|Sweet Colin holding "Baby J" (Justus Carpenter)|
while watching the Lion King
Colin counts his birthday loot.
Now, I know that there probably isn't a teenager on the planet that does not appreciate a TWENTY now and then.
But, for a child who has never owned anything in his life until this year, the generosity shown to him is powerful.
Now, you might wonder why I have included this last picture.
This is the cubby in Tommy and Cameron's room. Otherwise known as "Mom's sanity".
This would most definitely be the "after shot". I did not, sadly, have the foresight to take a picture of the "before shot".
Use your imagination...
20 kids, limited supervision, 12x14 room...
you get the idea!
It was a certified disaster! Several broken toys later and all the boys helping out, and we reclaimed the bedroom and crashed into bed!