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Monday, March 9, 2009

One Year Ago!!

It just does not seem possible-one year ago, we had our first glimpse of our tornado!!

All the anticipation, all the agonizing waiting, all the wondering, praying, and waiting some more-

It seems that the trouble of that time in Taiwan last year is only a vague memory-Tyler's horrid behavior, his fears, his non-stop running away from us, his biting, hitting and "bah" to his momma-along with the horrible mess-up with our paperwork, and the sleepless nights in the Agora as I spent countless hours on the computer, or phone trying to reach people in the states who could rectify our problem!

Now, one year later, all I really remember are the hugs, the snuggles, the "Mommy" that I hear all day long, the "ein you" that we all hear at any time of the day or night, and the endless smiles and giggles that come from our boy!!

How wonderful is that???

The memories of Taiwan are not what we had hoped for, but the photos are a great reminder of the beauty of the country, and the tremulous first days as a family of 5, the endless flight home, and now, we have an adorable 4 1/2 year old who is so firmly entrenched in our family, and our extended family, and we know we serve a GREAT GOD who orchestrated this entire thing, from the very beginning. The first days of agonizing over which program in Taiwan-Cathwel or TWCA, and His constant provision as He lead us through all the long waits for a referral, (and our potential leaving this program for a referral from Russia, only one day before we got THE CALL) the endless court times, the problem paperwork, the tough initial weeks-He is faithful, and He has provided abundantly, and we are continuously amazed at how much He loves us.

While we have come a long way in the last year, we have only one to thank for all of it, and to Our Amazing and Awesome Heavenly Father, we give you thanks and praise for our family!

The pictures that follow are not in any particular order-as I found them, I loaded them-so enjoy our walk down memory lane-I have shed a few tears as I have looked at them, and they are tears of joy and thanks!

Our favorite place in Taiwan-the Geo Park

the first day home, and he is already the center of attention, and loving it!!

A tired little boy, who really had NO CLUE what was happening to him-his first night with us!

Exploring around the Agora

Thank goodness for those bubbles-what a great way to entertain a little boy those first days!

We are forever thankful to Tyler's foster mom

Our first glimpse of our new son!!

If you only knew how seldom this boy sleeps-and to catch him sleeping in an airport!

On our way out of Seattle!

Little Leo-Happy one year to you big boy!!

Love you guys!

family time at the Grand Hotel

Tyla and Baba on the last leg of our journey home


OOOHHH, Ica Cream is COLD!!
Now it is his FAVORITE dessert

Hard to believe he was that small

Lounging around at the Agora

Thanks for stopping by on our one year anniversary day-We are so BLESSED!!

In Him

Chuck, Chris, Nick, Kendell and Tyla (aka Tyler)


Beth said...

Chris, what a great post! Hard to believe that a year has gone by already. It's SO great to hear how far Tyler has come and that he is doing so well!!!


Sarah k said...

Happy one year to you guys!!! I remember you traveling to get Tyler... wow. Just so mind blowing!!!! God is so great!!!

Sarah k

Shana said...

Great post and happy one year home to Tyler! Wow, one year ago you were you going through some tough times with AIT. It is all over and a distant memory and now Tyler is yours, as he should be. It has been a joy to me to watch him grow over the past year! I just can't believe how far we have all come and how lucky we are to have found our kids and eachother!

Lori said...

Love your post and the walk down memory lane - so many wonderful photos!! It seems like the year has flown by! Tyler is doing so well...thank you so much for sharing!

Happy One Year Family Day Anniversary!!!!

Katie said...

Yeah! Happy 1 year anniversary! Can't believe how fast it went!!! He is such a cutie! and thanks for the leo shout out too!!!

We love you too!

Debberoo said...

I didn't realize you were blogging again, love all these photos. I remember you had such a tough time with paperwork etc. on that trip but its great to see all these photos of good stuff too.

Christy B. said...

What a wonderful story! I'm enjoying your blog!