One year ago, after 3 long years of waiting, we sat in a courtroom and heard the Judge officially declare Reese ours. He had been ours long before that, but to get that final decree was a huge blessing! Our lives have been forever changed by adoption and foster care and we LOVE to tell our story. (If you know anyone considering adoption or foster care feel free to give our names. We love to talk to people about this gift!)
To celebrate Reese's special day we went to his favorite place to eat... Red Robin.
As you can see, he is quite the ham and not the least bit shy about having his picture made! (The visit was made even better by the fact that my meal was free since I had a birthday this week. Thanks Red Robin!)
That was not the only milestone that we celebrated though. Our sweet Brinkley hit some milestones of his own this week. Monday he officially made it into the 4 lb club. Thursday he turned 3 weeks old and he took his first full bottle! You may remember that completing his bottles is the final check point we are waiting to meet before we can bring him home. This was a MAJOR accomplishment! Not only did he complete one, Friday and Saturday he completed both of his bottles for the day.
He did a little celebrating of his own! Today we will move up to taking three bottles and are one step closer to have the tiniest Mr Holder home!
On this journey we will face many frustrating and difficult circumstances, in a lot of ways we already have. It is really important to me to remember that there is joy in the journey also and to take time to celebrate the victories, no matter how small they are. Brinkley IS a blessing and he and Reese are reason enough to celebrate! It just makes it that much sweeter when we have these special moments to celebrate with them.
*Many people ask about the superman shirts (we all have one). Here is a link to the shirts: http://www.olivetreepromise.com/categories/category.aspx/20/clothing/