Stockings are hung by our smaller fireplace...then Paul holds them back for the tree with all the presents.
We celebrated Zeke's first birthday...documents say he is 13 but I know he is actually younger. We will be changing his age when we do his readopt. He was all smiles as we celebrate him !!! No matter what age he is.
We went out to look at the Christmas lights and ended up at McDonalds for ice cream. That was 26 of us that nite.
It has been a wonderful holiday - starting with the news from the embassy that Sandra and Jr ( Zeke ) would be home . Paul traveled to pick them up and was home the Monday before Christmas. It has been a great few weeks of them getting to know us and we them. Things are going amazingly well as they usually do. My kids do a wonderful time making room for the new ones in their hearts and home. I love seeing all the smiles, hugs and sharing of life here. Older child adoptions are very special....I thank God each time he has called us to adopt teenagers. The energy and openess they have for life encourages me. Yes, they do have issues but walking thru their journeys with them as they overcome and triumph is just amazing to be a part of.