Legacy of an Adopted Child

"Once there were two women, who barely knew each other. One is in your heart forever, the other you'll call mother. Two different lives, shaped to make yours one. One became your guiding star, the other became your sun. The first gave you life, and the second taught you how to live it. The first gave you a need for love, and the second was there to give it. One gave you nationality, the other gave you a name. One gave you the seed of talent, the other gave you an aim. One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears. One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears. One gave you a family, it was what God intended for her to do. The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you. And now you ask me, through your tears, the age old question through the years. Heredity or environment....which are you a product of? Neither my darling...neither, just two different kinds of love". - Unknown

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My how time flies when you are having fun!

So, as you can see my regular blog posts have made their way down to one post every month - month and a half (or 2 months like this one)! It seems like each week, when I am making my to-do list, "UPDATE BLOG" is on the list, but I never seem to find the time to actually do it! But, that's life...what you don't get to today, will be there for you tomorrow!

So, I think at our last post, we had just moved back North and were getting settled in. Since then, Nicole started working part time at Sandia Ceramics (her parent's company), Dennis is still making the daily commute to Arlington WAY too early in the morning and Logan is growing up right before our eyes each and every day. While Nicole is at work, Logan is staying with our friend who Logan absolutely loves! We are so lucky and blessed to have found someone who loves and cares for our son just as much as we do...THANK YOU PAM!!!

For the remainder of our summer, we had playdates with the Gaskill's and Carter's, family time, weekends out in Luray, Nicole's 30th birthday celebration, our 1 year post placement visit (can you believe it's been 1 year already??) and ended the summer with a VT football game at FedEx Field (what a sad loss...we were so close to winning!!).

Now that fall has arrived, our lives seem to have gotten even busier. We had a weekend in Myrtle Beach, this weekend Nicole is heading to the Hamptons for her sister's bachelorette celebration, next weekend Nicole is hosting a shower (along with her aunt, Pati and sister-in-law, Michelle) for her sister, then we have weddings and weekend meetings and doctors appointments and whatever else comes along the way! We have to remind ourselves to slow down sometimes and just take a breath...Logan is such a trooper, though. No matter what we are doing, where we are going, how long we are in the car for, he still smiles and laughs (with an occasional meltdown). We truly have been blessed with this child.

So, what has Logan been up to lately? As I mentioned, he spends 3 days a week with Pam - they go to the park, play outside, draw with chalk, learn about planes and butterflies (some of Logan's favorite things) and many more fun activities! We are still working on his language, but it is really coming along. He is trying to say words when he wants something, so to us, that is a positive sign that talking is shortly behind! He can tell you what a cow, sheep, cat and horse say (I will try to post a video of him doing those animal sounds). He still loves his shapes. He can find ANY airplane in the sky (even the tiniest speck of one) and points it out to you until you see it. He points out every truck and bus on the road. He loves to buckle himself in his carseat, in shopping carts and anything else that buckles. He likes to do EVERYTHING himself now (drinking out of a cup, pushing his stroller, drinking out of a juice box/water bottle, anything...he pushes our hands away). I guess he's becoming a big boy, now! His favorite books right now are "Goodnight Moon", "Good Morning, Good Night", "Love You Forever", "Moo, Baa, La La La", "Daddy and Me" and many others. We have also had to transition into a toddler bed because that little monkey started climbing out every morning. At least now, if he wants to get out, it's a shorter distance to the ground and less of a chance of him hurting himself. For Nicole's birthday, her parents got her a bike with a trailer for Logan - so we have enjoyed taking bike rides around the neighborhood. Logan loves spending time with both sets of grandparents and we love it too! As I have said in the past, seeing your parents as grandparents is incredible...very hard to put in to words!

So, we have hit some special anniversaries that will always hold a special place in our heart for the rest of our lives. One year ago, June 18, our hearts melted when we met Logan for the first time. I remember so clearly how he cuddled with us, how he could barely sit up on his own at that time and his huge toothless smile! One year ago, August 14, Gladney called us with our court date! That's when it really set in for the both of us...this was it. We were going from DINK's to a family of 3. One year ago, September 15,we sat nervously in the Kaluga Court room as a judge made the decision that we would be Logan's parents. I remember feeling butterflies in my stomach the entire day. I remember how the actual court seemed to go quickly, but the wait seemed like eternity! And then I remember the emotion that overcame us as she said "Logan Christopher Merz" was our son. I couldn't wait to get back and hold him in my arms again - to hold our son - I couldn't believe that day had actually come. Now, here we are 1 year later, chasing after a toddler. A little boy who had no clue how much his life was going to change on September 15, 2009. A little boy who has brought so much joy and love into our lives. A little boy that is a gift from God that we couldn't be more thankful for.

So, I have tons of pictures to post, but just for memories sake...here's some "Then and Now pics" to celebrate our 1 year anniversary :)

JUNE 18, 2009 - the first moment we met Logan

June 18, 2010

September 15, 2009 - The day we were named Logan's parents!

September 2010 - Myrtle Beach, SC

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