We marked a very important milestone this week. One that is significant for many adoptive families for a variety of reasons. We have been together as a family of three LONGER than pea was with his foster family. Obviously, pea's time with his very loving foster family is an essential part of his story and they will always be considered family. But, that time was only temporary. During that time, they provided so much love and care until he could come home where he belonged where we all belonged, together.
Our first year home was amazing, challenging, and, at times, overwhelming in many ways. I certainly still remember the stress and heartache of waiting for pea to come home, but it also feels like he has always been here. And, the memories of waiting definitely make me appreciate the life we have today. Life is good and I am one lucky momma.
Here are some pics from our first year home as a family. It is amazing how much pea has changed!
May 2008 - A couple days after arriving home.
June 2008 - Look at that little chub! He was definitely a "husky" boy when he came home! ;)
July 2008 - This is a terrible picture, but I love it! Pea hangin' off the monkey bars.
January 2009 - Fashion icon...he still LOVES to wear his snowboots.
February 2009 - note the boots, again.
May 2009 - My handsome boy!