I love driving this kid around…We have the best time together…And then he looks over at me with these gorgeous eyes and makes me laugh and laugh and laugh…

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His First Valentine’s Day…

We celebrated by taking the One Hope Academy students to get smoothies.



I had them all read on the way to and from Jamba Juice.Image

I don’t think Zion really grasped the Valentine’s Day concept, but when I gave him a heart shaped sugar cookie, he was overjoyed.

“Mommy, would it be so good if I held it here?”


We missed the last five years of holidays with him. It was really special to have him here for this one. 


Day at the Museum

We took Zion to the Philbrook Musuem last Saturday. (Every second Saturday they offer free admission).

He was a little frightened from the moment we said the word museum because he saw “Night at the Museum” at the grandparents’ house last week. I tried to explain that what he saw in that movie wasn’t real. I think it would have been simpler to have just pointed out that we were at the museum during the day.

We’ll go back and show him more of the inside, but we ended up spending most of our time letting him explore the grounds.

Nate and I got to walk and talk with each other, and Zion had a blast running around and climbing everything.

We won’t be a family of three for much longer. We’re trying to slow down and enjoy it.

throwing leaves at Daddy...

throwing leaves at Daddy…

climbing mountains...

climbing mountains…

riding sheep...

riding sheep…

being together...

being together…

Conversation with Zion about Adoption…

A few weeks after we arrived home with Zion, we had this conversation. It was such a sweet reminder to me of the realities behind adoption that I wanted to share it. In our adoption of Zion and of our sweet girl, the end goal is the same: to live out the Gospel in a way that makes Jesus look beautiful, to our friends, to our neighbors, and to children who were once without a family but are now welcomed in to ours.

Zion: “Mommy, no one is happy at —(the orphanage).”
Me: “Why do you say that?”
Zion: “Because their parents are not coming.”
Me: But some of the parents have come. Your parents came and A’s parents came and D’s parents and A’s parents. Were you sad at —(the orphanage)?”
Zion: “Yes, because you were not coming.”
Me: “I’m so sorry. That must have been really hard for you.”
Zion: “Were you trying to come?”
Me: “Yes, we were trying so hard to come.”
Zion: “But you didn’t know where I was?”
Me: “No, but we were praying and praying that God would show us where you were.”
Zion: “And God- He has shown you where I was?”
Me: “Yes.”
Zion: (does a little cheer then…) “Mommy, is Jesus the most beautiful?”