Friday, October 31, 2008

A dear friend whom we met through our adoption group happens to be an amazing photographer and she took some exceptional pictures of our family this past week! We are blessed to be involved in the Waggoners lives. Thank you, Cydil, for your great work! If you need a photographer, Cydil is it! She is cool, calm, collected and fun! It was great to see her in such a professional mode, having only known her wit and sweet humor in a crowd of friends! John was a cranky guy the evening of our shoot, but she made him giggle and crack a smile or two. Go here,, to her blog for a few more fun pictures she shot of us!

Friday, October 24, 2008

100% Sold

It's almost been a month since John has officially been a U.S. citizen! And, since I think pictures speak louder than words I want to share some of our trip in Taiwan with you. However, our internet speed stinks. So, I'll have to wait. But, in the meantime I'll tell you a little about our weeks since we've been home.

Our family and friends have been so generous to John. Every day we've been greeted with a new treat - meals, packages in the mail, thoughtful gifts, and more. I'm listening to John snore a little bit while I write. He is the most precious child - I know ever parent thinks that. And, I guess that's the beauty in your own child - God makes them so unique to each family. We thought we loved children before...but, we had no idea of the love of a parent! We can see ourselves in John in so many ways - he is quiet, gentle, likes people but needs his alone time, loves to hear us read aloud, enjoys music and theatre ('s attempt at thinking she's an actress), loves to laugh but reserved much of the time too, etc. He is a gracious host and loves people, but when he sees mom and dad he lights up. That is thrilling to us. What is also thrilling is that Charley looked at me today and said, "I think I love him more than I love you." Ok. So, I know you are thinking, "huh?" I know what he meant. But, I have to say, the three of us are bonding so well. After having 7 foster children and attaching to them and then unattaching it's been, well, to say the least...excruciating! And, to hear my dear husband say those words was like music to my ears b/c he's finally allowing himself to fall in love. I don't think it's totally sunk in yet - that he is ours and we are a family forever - on earth and in heaven. Our hearts are sold 100% on John. But, our minds are slowly catching up.

This post has turned into a Jackie's Journal. Funny how that happens.

Going back to our weeks together - we visited a pumpkin patch and picked out three pumpkins - a large (daddy), medium (me) and a small (little man). We've waited so long to do that! And, I know it sounds corny, but it really was all I had hoped! We've taken lots of walks, picked up leaves and John's had fun crunching them up in his little fingers. We've visited his Dr. and she was duly impressed with him and the care he received in the Home. Of course! John has crawled from the living room to the kitchen on his own. And, the other day, while I was in the kitchen intent on my pumpkin bread, I looked around the corner and found he had used the ottoman to pull himself up. He was just standing there looking up at me, so proud of himself. And, when he sees me he smiles. Big. And, sometimes there is a giggle with the smile. He's saying mama and dada and papa and baba and more gurgles than we can count.

Enough. I could go on and on. We are all madly in love. That is the bottom line!

Signing off now. Love to all.


Thursday, October 9, 2008


Beth and Eric brought a delicious dinner and we got some great shots of John giggling and playing. And, of course, teething!

These teeth hurt!

This is the most loveable and handsome boy a mommy and daddy could hope for!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Shawnee, Katie and John

John with his new toy from Grandmom and Granddad Wells

John and Erin!

Monday, October 6, 2008

Charley's Cousin and new C-in Law!

Aren't these two quite the most beautiful couple!?
We love you!


So, we have the slowest internet speed known to man - DSL Light is cheapest! Hence, no postings! We will have to traverse elsewhere to upload pictures in the future, and it will be easier to do as I am staying at home with John full time beginning this Saturday! My two weeks' notice will be complete on Friday of this week and I am so excited! John pulled up and stood all by himself yesterday for the first time! And, today, Charley is staying with him this week and called to tell me that his first tooth is coming through today! I was just writing in his baby book last night and I'll have to get it out again tonight!

Since we've been home John has:
1. moved from the slow army crawl to pulling up his knees and crawling fast!
2. pulled up to stand on mommy and daddy yesterday!
3. cut his first tooth!

That's all in the first two weeks he's been home!
We think his hair is even starting to grow in more too!
Needless to say, we are proud parents and excited to see all of these "firsts."