Pure sweetness

March 15, 2012 at 9:44 pm (Uncategorized)

It’s no secret that Ekaete is a firecracker. She is so passionate and feels every emotion to the deepest level…and let’s everyone know that she’s feeling it. 😉 There is no denying that she loves to the fullest too. She LOVES her family. If it was up to her, we’d all go to the bathroom together just so we could enjoy more time together! She takes very good care of both of her brothers. She is always the first to run to someone if theyre crying or hurt themselves and make sure they are okay. She can often be seen stroking Makalo’s head, offering him comfort if he’s upset, and whispering, “I know, Boo Boo, I know. Sad? I know Boo Boo.” I wanted to take a few minutes to record a couple of sweet moments so that we always remember the sweet, soft, and loving side of her…because everyone will remember the passionate entertainer!

One night Andikpeme and I were having a conversation about his life in SA and adoption and Brendan was reading Ekaete one of her favorite books. The first line of the book is, “There was one little baby who was born far away…”. Apparently she has a basic understanding of her history because she said, “Yeah, Ekaete and Andikpeme. Thank you mommy, thank you daddy”. She then put the book down to come give each of us a hug. Obviously adopting them has been our privilege and honor and something we are thankful for everyday so it was shocking that she related to the book.

Every so often, we can hear Ekaete gently singing to her baby brother on the monitor, “You are so beautiful…to me. You are so beautiful to me, can’t you see?! You’re everything I hoped for. You’re everything i need. You are so beautiful..to me!”

Tonight I was rocking and singing “You are my sunshine” to her before bed. At the end of the song, she sat up and said in a concerned voice, “No take away!” I explained that SHE was my sunshine and she wasn’t going away. She smiled and said, “Yeah no take Ekaete away, stay with mommy!” She then gave me a big kiss and proceeded to stroke my hair.

Pure sweetness.


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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

December 7, 2011 at 11:34 pm (Uncategorized)

I have been the worst blogger ever basically since our precious Makalo joined our family. Life got really crazy (to put it mildly) and my blog got very quiet. I cannot tell you how many times I have thought or Brendan has said, “We really need to blog about this!”

I’m not sure if anyone will read this, but as I sat and worked on my kids stockings tonight I felt overwhelmed with gratitude, joy, and peace. Our children are amazing little human beings.

Andikpeme is doing awesome! We have our struggles still, but we also have some security, confidence, and attachment. I know that we are just at the beginning of this journey, but when you have some sort of base to work off of, his whole world isn’t completely shaken by every little thing. He is amazing! In the last 18 months, he has learnt English, his colors, numbers, letters, shapes, patterns, many different games, social skills, play skills, new rules, boundaries, a whole new culture, and the list just goes on and on. He is sweet, kind, hilarious, and a wonderful older brother. He is soooooo excited for Christmas and we are so excited to be able to really celebrate it with him!

Ekaete is as crazy as ever. She is the most passionate 2-year-old we have ever met. Everything she does is full of passion and emotion. She is a great athlete and loves playing Spiderman or Batman with her older brother. At any given point, she can be seen flying off the edge of a couch or a counter with a blanket hanging out of the back of her shirt! She finds herself hilarious and her Fat Albert-like laugh is constantly echoing through our house. If it’s not, you can almost guarantee she is screaming and yelling at her brother. She has almost mastered the alphabet and has been counting to ten for some time now. She worships her family and makes that very clear to each and every one of us! She is a fire-cracker and she cracks us up constantly!

Makalo is the sweetest little pumpkin in the whole entire world. He is the most chilled out, easy-going, cuddly baby ever. There is very little that can rattle this guy and trust me, his brother and sister have tested this on many occasions. 😉 He loves playing with his older siblings, giving kisses, and cuddling (especially with mommy). His eye sight has improved with every appointment and he continues to develop despite being far-sighted so the opthamologist is waiting to give him glasses. He is now pulling himself up on things, crawling up the stairs, and waiving hi and bye. He says mom all day long despite daddy’s best efforts to get him to switch it up and say dad. Like a true member of our family, he is OBSSESSED with food and could eat all day long. He has not turned any food down and has never suggested that he has had enough. He truly is our little angel and we are so grateful he joined our family.

There it is…the reason I am gushing with emotions. I have a beautiful family. And I am so grateful.

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