Posts Tagged ‘celebration’

Eight years

April 27, 2014

A lot can happen in a month.

April 27 is the anniversary of the end of such a month, which ended in Tate coming into our family.

We celebrate his birthday, and the anniversary of his homecoming.

This year, we decided to check out a new attraction in Toronto, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.  It opened in the fall of 2013, but we had mostly good reviews.

We made a day of it.  We took the boys down to Toronto.  We took the subway downtown, and checked out the aquarium.

After we were done, we took another ride on the subway and returned.

All in all, it was an interesting day.

We have lots of fun

The Aquarium was definitely an interesting attraction.  It is definitely worth checking out.

Upcoming birthday

January 23, 2013

Tonight, we put our two year old to be for the last time.

Tomorrow, he will be three.

It’s hard to believe Reid is going to be three tomorrow.  The time has flown by.

So many things have happened.

A journey through foster to adopt.

The beginning of a journey of parenting a child with special needs.  We will have to advocate for him to get the resources he needs to help keep up.

On the other end of things, Tate needs to be challenged to do better than meet the basic expectations.  He rips through assignments at school so he can go and play.  The annoying thing is, he can do so much more than the minimum.

The journey continues.

Christmas

December 25, 2012

Our Christmas has been pretty low key this year.

It’s a bit odd.  There was a bit of snow, but nothing of major account.  It looks more like early November or late March than December.

We had turkey, potatoes, turnip, dressing, and vegetables.  We have enough leftover turkey to feed an army.

The kids enjoyed their presents – lots of toys.

Christmas just kind of snuck up on us this year, and now it’s almost over.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a Happy New Year.

Next — Christmas hockey tournament.

Easter – Celebration and Undiginified

April 7, 2012

Easter is the high point of the Christian calendar.

Good Friday was the day that Jesus was crucified.  Easter was the day that Jesus rose from the dead.  Without that, He would have been just another dead prophet.  That is the one thing that differentiates Christianity from every other religion.

There are many songs of celebration connected with Easter.

One of my favourites was when the worship group opened up with a version of “Celebration”, originally done by Kool and the Gang, that had been modified in an appropriate fashion for a church.  Ok, our church.  If that happened in many churches, there would be a few strokes, massive heart attacks, and similar reactions.

I thought it was great that a song had been repurposed for good and recognizing that a celebration was in order at Easter.

If I recall correctly, the reception may not have been universally popular.

As I think about it, we are not called to be worried about what other people think about us and what we are doing.  In 2 Samuel 6, David was dancing about with the people.  In verses 20 to 22, Michal, David’s wife was rebuking him for dancing around with the common people.  David responded, “I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes.” (NIV)

This is a song that talks about being willing to be Undignified, this particular version by the David Crowder Band

Some of the greatest moments in our lives can be when we are willing to let our guard down, and celebrate, and be undignified.  Especially with children.  I can have the most fun with Reid when I lay him on the floor and tickle his belly.  He giggles so easily.

When Tate was little, we would play “Diback here”.  Basically, chase him back and forth, up and down.  Some hiding.  Often in the same place.  He still loves being chased and running around.

Reid is starting to get into being chased around.  He is not usually into it for very long.  It’s coming.

So, the point.

Let your hair down.  Have fun.  Celebrate.  And be undignified.  Especially with children, and when having fun.

Happy Easter!!

Adoption Christmas Celebration

December 4, 2011

Our local Children’s Aid Society (CAS), also known as Family & Children’s Services, hosted their 7th annual adoption Christmas party.

When we agreed to ongoing visits with Reid’s birth mother, one was to be in the summer around her birthday, and one was at this event.

At that time, the adoption worker told us it was likely that she would lose interest, as she had with a couple of her other kids.  In the months leading up to the agreement, she had missed several visits, and it seemed likely that would happen again.

In the summer, we got a call from the adoption worker asking about her summer visit.  We worked it out, and met her in the downtown park in our city.  We had a good visit.  She was sad to go at the end of the visit.

We met at the church hosting the party this afternoon.  This afternoon, she seemed to have matured in a way.  She was glad to seem Reid.  Some things have come together for her.  She is seeing her first child again a couple of times a week.  This seems to be one of many things that have turned around for her.

We had a good visit today.  She had bought some nice Christmas presents for Reid.

After the party, we offered to drop off her and her boyfriend to the downtown bus terminal to make for a quicker trip home.

I think it is quite progressive of our CAS to host this event.  Compared to experiences I have heard in other cities, our experience has been quite positive.

This morning, we told Tate we were going to a party where we would see Reid’s birth mother.  He asked if he could see his birth mother some time.  We told him we didn’t know.  We explained that each story is different.  His mom was probably so sad, it would be too difficult to see him.  He seemed OK with the answer.  For now.

Hopefully we’ll have a better answer in the future.

Our adoption experience is an ongoing journey.


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