"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do.
God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know,
and holds us responsible to act." Prov 24:12

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Gotcha Day 3.0

Time to do a little catch up on posts... I'll start with this one. On June 11 Bowen celebrated his third Gotcha Day with us! It is hard to believe that he has been home with us now for two years. These last two years have just flown by and when I look back on all he has accomplished in these last two years... it just brings tears to my eyes. He has experienced so much these last two years and if he hadn't come home to be with his forever family, I simply cannot imagine what his life would be like today.

 Sometimes I just look in the rear view mirror in the car and look at his precious little face checking out all the scenery. Such a simple thing that all of us experience every day as we are running about but for him... something simple like looking out a car window and just loving the little things in life... that was something that didn't happen for him the first 18 months of his life. During that time of his life, he laid in his crib all day long and looked out through the slats at his room. Nothing else. So to see his little smile checking out the trucks passing us by, or the people walking on the street, or the signs on the freeway... all those things we see on our everyday errands that mean so little to us... to see him smiling about all of that just brings tears to my eyes.

 I feel so grateful and so blessed that God brought Bowen to us and allowed us to give him a life outside of that tiny little room in an orphanage in Belgrade, Serbia. God has entrusted us with so much and for that, I feel so blessed. Happy 3rd Gotcha Day Bowen Aleksandar!

 Life before coming home. Looking through those crib slats day in & day out.
Saying DO VIDENJA & CIAO to that orphanage and his previous life. Now safe and sound in the arms of his daddy... checking out all the new scenery!
I have always loved this picture of the two of us. One of the best days of my life... finally getting the chance to bring my son home!
I look back at this pic of Brooks & Bowen on the day we brought him home... I cannot believe how little and emaciated he looks. What a change two years makes!
Heath, who had just turned 4, was so excited when we got back to the apartment with Bowen on that day! From the moment he knew we were adopting, he could not wait for his brother to come home. He has loved his brother so much from day one & for that, we couldn't be prouder! He is such a great big brother.
Celebrating his 3rd Gotcha Day... I would say he looks pretty happy!