Here's the picture and letter we sent out to our friends and family. We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas enjoying your families.
Dear Friends and Family,
What a year…or two… or three! For quite a few years, there weren’t many big changes in our house; we were home schooling the boys, they were playing baseball, Mike was busy managing the lumber yard and we were praying for a baby. That is, until we decided to adopt.
August of 2007, about ten months after starting the adoption process, we were in Texas bringing home a three-week -old baby girl that we named Amanda. Amanda is three now and she has been such a delightful addition to our family. When Amanda turned one, we began the process for a second adoption. Nine months later, we were matched with a mother who was expecting a baby in the middle of July. About three weeks before the baby was due, we found out that I was pregnant.
We were shocked, surprised and delighted but we were concerned it meant we wouldn’t get to adopt the little girl we had been waiting for. However, her birth mom decided that she still wanted us to adopt her baby girl. We knew it would be really challenging for a time, but babies grow up so fast and we knew it would be worth it. Christiana was born on July 8th in Tampa, FL. Mike, Amanda and I met her when she was a day old. She was released into our care the next day and we flew home a week later. Our feisty little Christiana is now seventeen months old.
On February 17, 2010, Little Miss Talitha was born. We pronounce her name like “Tabitha” but with an “L”. Her name is found in Mark 5:41 when Jesus heals a little girl. He says to her, “Talitha cumi!” Which means, “Little girl, arise!” Talitha is a testimony of faith, healing, and new life in our home, and we couldn’t be more thankful. She is now nine months old and is a very happy and easy going baby.
There have been big changes for the men in our house too. Tyler is 16 and is working on getting his driver’s license. Last year he was enrolled in three classes at the public school and this year he is there full-time as a junior. Tyler is very talented on the piano and is mostly self-taught. Tony just turned 14 and is enrolled as a freshman. He is doing very well in school and has wonderful guitar skills. Both boys have adjusted well to the school routine according to their personal strengths. They have accepted the invasion of little girls but prefer to hang out downstairs in the “Man Cave.”
In addition to running the lumber yard, Mike is enrolled online with Ohio Christian University. He is working very hard and has been at the top of his classes. He also continues to play guitar at our church where he is also an elder and treasurer.
My days are spent caring for the little girls, and I do my best to cherish these days because they are fleeting. Life is crazy and busy, but I am always provided with enough grace to get through each day. I post stories, photos and updates on our family blog: www.mikeandkatie1.blogspot.com.
We hope your family has a joyful Christmas and a New Year filled with blessings from above!
Love from: Mike, Katie, Tyler, Tony, Amanda, Christiana and Talitha
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (James 1:17 ESV)