Monday, December 31, 2007

Best buds. . .

I have to admit, when we decided to adopt, I was a bit worried about how well Maren, Lukas and Jacob would adjust to having two new siblings. I shouldn't have worried. I have actually been amazed at how quickly they have all taken to each other. It is as if Josh and Evan have always been a part of the family.

I have really enjoyed being a spectator and watching them all interact with each other. I always assumed that Maren would be the most likely to "take the boys under her wing," but I have been pleasantly surprised to see Jacob taking on that role. All three of the kids love their new brothers, but Jacob has really attached to his new siblings, especially Evan. Jacob and Evan are sharing a room during nap times (I have to separate Jacob and Lukas or it is just one big party. . .and unfortunately they are generally not slumber parties) and I have walked past their room many times to hear them laughing and singing together.

Jacob, Lukas and Evan love playing "games" with each other. Head bonking and disgusting mouth noises are among their favorites. I just love seeing them laughing and playing together.

The following are some of the pictures I have snapped over the past week that capture some of their sweet moments together (ps- don't forget to click on the pictures to see larger versions). . .

Evan and Jacob having a brotherly chat

Going for a walk in the "choo choo." I did get a shot of this with everyone looking at the camera but I loved Jacob and Evan in this picture!

Maren and Josh enjoying Maren's new doll house! This picture cracks me up!

Jacob and Evan watching Sesame Street together. Jacob is my snuggle bug and he is very happy to have another brother to snuggle with.

Jacob, Lukas and Evan having some male bonding time!

I have a thousand more pictures just like these (my kids are probably sick of having the camera in their faces), but unfortunately I have reached my picture limit for the day!!!

I have done a series of posts this evening, so be sure to keep scrolling so you don't miss any of the action! I apologize for not updating sooner. After the abuse that my poor body has taken over the past few months, it finally decided to retaliate and I was hit with a nasty stomach virus the day after Christmas. Fortunately I was the only one to get sick, but it stuck around for quite awhile! Thankfully I am well again and finally starting to recover from all of the traveling and the stress of the past few months. I think knowing that I won't be flying half-way across the world again any time soon has definitely helped with the recovery process!

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year!!!


Charissa said...

Oh, Valerie!! I can't get over how happy Evan looks. And Joshua...what a doll. I can't imagine how busy you must be, but I'm sure you enjoy every minute of it. Thanks for the updated pictures. I would love to take some photos with me to the orphanage. What will those ladies say, seeing Evan in a swing and in a wagon, and surrounded by a loving family!!

hayslori said...

Oh hooray - an update and more pictures! I have been waiting to hear and see more of your beautiful family! Sorry to hear that you were sick -but I don't know how you lasted as long as you did through the big push of your fall! Congratulations and best wishes as you begin what I am sure will be a WONDERFUL 2008! Your boys are absolutely precious, every single one!!! Love from our family to yours!

Lori and family

Tiana said...

That is so awesome that the kids are getting along so well!

Shelley said...

I'm so happy for your entire family! I just love seeing the picture of all your kids.

Christina said...


All of the children are just beautiful! It is so touching so see the pics of those "special moments" with their new siblings -- so touching! Many blessings to you and your family -- you have certainly started 2008 off with a bang!

from RR yahoo group

melissa said...

What great pictures! I think that the whole world needs to know about your family and the size of your heart. Countless congratulations to you (again)!

Christine said...

What a bunch of cuties! Congrats on your new son!

adoptedthree said...

I love the pictures they are too cute and put a huge smile on my face! Cant wait to meet Evan he seems like such a sweetie!

Debbie said...

I just round your blog and I am eager to read all about your journey to add your new sons to the mix. What a wonderful blessing your children are to each other and to you--and you to them! The Lord bless you in 2008!

Hugs from Colorado,

timoorlane said...

It is a great story and lovely touching pictures of the babies.They do grow fast though. Wish you a very happy parenting in 2008.