Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Happy Adoption Day Alex!

3 years ago today we came home with our precious son Alex. He was such a long-awaited and sought after blessing! After waiting years for the adoption and spending 5 very difficult weeks in Ukraine we were able to bring our son home. He has been such a blessing to us and added so much to our lives.
Alex the day we met him

Our tradition is that Alex gets to pick the meal tonight- his pick is pigs in a blanket, mashed potatos and potato skins, watermelon and deviled eggs. He gets a small gift and then we look at the adoption scrapbook together.
He does not seem to remember anything about Ukraine besides what he has seen in pictures and the video. They told us that would be so- he would be too busy laying down new and better memories and he would just discard the old. He does not ask very much about it, either, at this point. Maybe he will as he gets older and maybe not- and that's okay.
He is doing really well. He has done so well with the girls coming. I think being an older brother has really made him feel special. He knows the girls adore him and he is very protective of them so it has been a great thing. We make sure he gets alone time with each of us everyday and it seems to work out okay.
He has made great progress in school. It is amazing to think he started kindergarten last year barely able to draw shapes and now he is writing stories. He is learning so much and really enjoys it. School is not easy for him, though, and he still has a lot of catching up to do, but he has a great teacher again this year and that is a blessing. She even read a book over the holidays to give her some ideas to help Alex better.
He is in boy scouts now, which he really enjoys. He loves hiking and camping and building things so that is perfect for him.

Doesn't he look handsome in his uniform?

We are so blessed that God chose him as our son! We love you Alex!


Lisa said...

Cutest Boy Scout Ever!

Mike and Susanne said...

Happy Adoption Day, Alex! We are SO HAPPY to have Alex and the girls as our nephew and nieces!!! Alex looks so grown up in his boy scout uniform!! Love you!

Zack, Jenn and William said...

Happy family-versary! Alex is such a handsome young man, and I appreciate how you've shared his milestones and growth with us through the blog world. Can you believe it's been 3 years already?!?

Thanks for encouraging me on my blog the other day about the big brother role. I worry about William, and don't want to him to ever feel threatened or unsure about how he fits in our family. I it was good to read those words from you, especially since our boys have such similar backgrounds.

Have a great day :)

Lori said...

Happy Adoption Day, Alex! I hope you enjoyed your pigs in a blanket feast.

Craig and Laura said...

It's amazing how much Alex has grown and changed. What a special day to celebrate every year (and what an excellent choice in food-seems hot dogs and watermelon are always picked). We love you Alex!


Bustos Family said...

Happy Adoption Day Alex!! He looks so cute in his uniform. God bless!

Heather951 said...

It totally makes me cry that he forgets his past...because you have given him such a wonderful new life! Blessings all around!

Jeanette said...

He is handsome! Alex, I am so glad you found a home with 2 of the very best parents in the whole world! You are so special to so many of us! Every adoption day you get a gift, however to Chris and Kim, you are their gift! We love you!

The Williams