Saturday, January 30, 2010


One year ago, I held onto hope and daydreams of our second child. Four months ago, I held onto a picture of him. Today, I hold our beautiful one year old son. How is it possible? One year old! Every day he amazes me. Every day I fall a little more in love. Every single day I am thankful that he is ours.
Today I wish my son a very very special, and very happy first birthday. Today I am grateful for a woman, I may never know, that gave our son the gift of life, and I wish her peace.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010


There have been a few bumps in the road, but overall every day gets better with our little boy. These days he is a smiling, laughing, cuddling little sweetheart. He greets us with hugs and laughter. I can't imagine our lives without him.
Looking back on the blog and the pictures, it's amazing to see how he has blossomed in his new home. I look at this picture...

...and I see the sad boy. My tired little confused boy.
Now I look at these pictures...

...and my heart soars. There he is... the boy we met in Korea. He's home and I think he knows it. What a difference 3 months makes.

Thursday, January 21, 2010


It was a hard few days as these two teeth burst forth. There was lots of tears and very little sleep. Kalvis had a hard time too.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Kalvis' new favorite activity is hiding behind our curtains. He could probably do it all day. You should hear him laugh. Once he starts he can't stop. He will laugh until big tears form in the corner of his eyes. Nobody makes him laugh like Livija. I could sit and watch the two of them for hours.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Sunday, January 10, 2010

It's been awhile, I know. I've been hearing it via e-mail and phone calls. Christmas and New Years were quite busy in our house. I felt a lot of pressure to post something really thoughtful for the holidays, and yet always came up blank when I sat to type. How many ways can I say how wonderful it was? It was. Truly wonderful. There is no better feeling than waking up Christmas morning with my family. There has always seemed to be a little something missing on Christmas. This year he was home in our arms and we've never felt so complete.

Christmas Eve was spent at Imants' parents house. This is always fun. I love that the family has so many traditions they've stayed true to all these years. Yes, even CANDLES on a Christmas tree! The best part of the night is the kids. We have Livija, Kalvis and two sets of twins (both 3 years old). It's a bit of a madhouse, but that is what Christmas is all about.

Then we came home, and carried our little ones to bed. Visions of Sugarplums already started dancing during the car ride. Imants and I stayed up for Santa. He was good to us this year.

And then Christmas Day at our house with my family, a 30 lb Turkey and lamb. Imants is the cook. I'm the chopper/prep girl. It was awesome.

After all was said and done, and the presents were opened, I think we all agree that this is the best gift of all.