Tuesday, January 8, 2008

HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Today we celebrated the birthday's of two of the greatest men in my life. . .my amazing husband, Richard, and my littlest man, Joshua! For me, celebrating a birthday has always been more than cake, ice cream and presents, rather, it is truly the celebration of a person's life. I am especially grateful for the lives of my husband and son and for the people that they are. Their lives bless mine each and every day and that is truly worth celebrating!

Although I did not have the privilege of spending the first 9 months of my son's life with him, it did not take me long to realize what a great mission and purpose the Lord must have for him. There is no doubt in my mind that he will touch many, many lives as he goes through the course of his own. He has already touched mine more deeply than words can express.

Happy Birthday my boys! I cherish you both!


14 comments:

melissa said...

Happy Birthday Joshua!

Looks like he had a blast with the cake.

M said...

Happy Birthday boys!!! Hope it was a fabulous one.

Shelley said...

What cute pictures! So, where are the pictures of daddy enjoying his cake?????

Christina said...

Too cute! Did he actually get any IN his mouth? LOL!

Christina from RR

Victoria said...

Happy Birthday to Rich and Josh! May their lives be as great and amazing as you, Valerie :)

adoptedthree said...

Happy BirthdayS!!!!

Charissa said...

How awesome to share a birthday with a son! He is sure a cutie pie....

Palmer Family said...

Happy Birthday!!! That cake looks good. I might have to make one today to celebrate your boys' birthdays too. :) Congrats again on having everyone home and your family complete!

Ute said...

Happy Birthday to both of your special men. May they have a wonderful,joyful and healthy year and many more.

Josh looks so happy and I am sure, he really digged into his cake, guess, your husband was a bit more conservative with the cake,lol.

Christine said...

Happy birthday! What a precious family you have!

Was it hard adopting from two countries at the same time? How was Uzbek?

Valerie said...

Shelley- After threatening to kill me if I posted his "cake" pictures on our blog, I think his comments went something like this, "People do not want to see a fat man eating cake. . just stick with the cute baby!"

Valerie said...

Christine- It was definitely interesting adopting from two countries simultaneously. We had only 2 weeks between trips and it was such a whirlwind. Obviously I wouldn't change a thing, but next time I think we will just stick with one country at a time.

Uzbekistan is still very new to international adoption and the process is not as established as some other countries. Because they seem to be constantly "reworking" their process, it was very stressful at times. It is a beautiful country with amazing people and beautiful children! I really am grateful that I was able to experience it and look forward to teaching my son all about where he came from.

Chaya said...

Hi, My name is Chaya from India. Was creating a blog for my family and have come across your blog which was a pretty good one.
Being a mother of triplets who are 10+ years old now - Joshua, Joseph and Joel, I wish your kids a very Happy and wonderful birthday and the may they celebrate many more in the years to come. May God Bless them abundantly!
Will surely let you know when Im done with my blog!
Have a wonderful time with your kids!
Love,
Chaya

stefanie said...

Valerie,
Soooo happy that things are coming together in your new family. One evening my son (3.5 from Ukraine) was sitting on my lap as I was reading your post. I was looking at Joshua eating his cake. Peter said, "What that boy doing?" "Eating his birthday cake". "Him making a mess". "Well, he is only one and that is what babies do." "I not make messes like that". So a couple of days later I was on my computer and he came rushing into my office saying, "Mamma, I want to see that little baby that was making a mess." He is still asking. Joshua made quite the impression on him!
ENJOY!! We do!
Stefanie