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Saturday, September 12, 2009

More Summer Fun!










Summer Time!



We have not posted in a while but that doesn't mean we stopped taking pictures and videos. What an awesome summer! Watching Josiah walk, run, play, and now start to talk (well...jiberish anyway). It has surely been an action packed few months. Not to mention we ended it with our 12mos. Dr apt. only to hear the most SOLID heart beat we have ever heard! That's right...we were officially removed from the "high risk" pregnancy category and are considered a "normal/on track" pregnancy. However, we have refrained from using the word normal because we all know it's everything but that! This is a miracle baby that has been delivered to us through prayer and blessing. We have felt the army of prayers backing our every move as we have progressed in this. So we are officially 12 mos and 2 days. Our due date is March 25th. We are yet to know that gender, but we have only had 1 person say it is a boy. Everyone else thinks it's a little girl. Any predictions?
Josiah is on his way to being 2 years old...that for sure!!!! He is 17mos., but he sure has the tendancies of a 2yr old. His ability to test mom and dad are top notch! He has learned how to cross his arms when he doesn't want something and has made a living by closing drawers and cabinets in the kitchen. He is truly beginning to show his personality. We are in love with his abilities to play and laugh. He laughs at anything that makes a loud noise. Especially when we play basketball in the driveway. When the ball hits the rim/backboard he laughs histerically! Here are a few pics/videos of our awesome summer!





Monday, August 3, 2009

I fix my eyes on you

This song was on my heart tonight.....

I fix my eyes on You
The author of my faith
Casting aside
Every sin and every weight
I fix my eyes on You
I lay my burdens down
Letting the cares
Of this world now fade away

One thing I ask
This one thing I seek
That I may dwell in Your house
O Lord my King
All the days of my life
I want to gaze upon Your beauty
And seek You in this holy place

All the days of my life
I want to gaze upon Your beauty
And seek You in this holy place

Monday, July 27, 2009

Reflection


Could it really be that a year ago in July, our lives changed forever! Our match day will forever be imprinted in my mind. Sam coming to my work in tears, shaking & excited all at once. Racing home to get in front of that computer, that seemed to take a life time to start and pull up that picture. The picture that captured my heart. There was our lil boy we had waited for, for so many years. That 2 month old lil boy that had eyes bigger than anything I had ever seen:) That lil boy that I got to call my very own & he would know me as mommy! There he was my son, my lil King, My Josiah....that God had hand picked just for us!

My sweet boy has come so far since we brought him home. I now don't question if I can do this mommy thing with a child that didn't know me from birth, because with God by my side, I can! I now don't question if he will love me as mommy, because the look in his eyes tells me he does! I now know that with love, prayers and the security of a mom & dad he will grow to be a healthy, strong, tender hearted man of God. He's here for a purpose & we're so blessed that we get to be the ones to lead him to that calling. Not to mention to be the ones to rock him our my arms, to kiss his owies, to make him laugh & to see all the firsts in his life:) My life was forever marked that day July 18th 2008 with the blessing of my son ~
Josiah Desalegn Ramon Nunez

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Happy 4th of July!

In 14 days will mark 1 year since we recieved our referral!!! And in the past 8 months we have been on a long journey! In the past 2 weeks our little man has gone from taking a few steps from couch to couch to now walking laps around the kitchen!


Friday, June 19, 2009

ONLY 71/2 months!


We have seen this little boy grow! We have seen him smile, laugh, cry, yell, scream, scoot, eat, talk, and now...walk. It brings us great joy to have seen him go through all of this while in our midst. His heart and spirit are that of a little precious and loving child. He makes all of us smile. ONLY 7 1/2 months???? He is only 14 1/2 mos. old, but it feels like we have had him for almost 2 years! Our lives are filled with the "what's next?" factor. We are constantly finding ourselves saying.."this is definitely the best age!" As I type this as feel his soft, gentle, little hands using my legs to pull himself up, I can't help but look down at him and wonder where he might be had God not called our hearts to go get him:-) But his health is good, his TB medicine is almost gone (TG) and he is figuring out that our house is his playground. We couldn't be more happy to have a little copycat mimiking our every move. His motor skills are developing daily. His eating habbits are still strong. His hyperventilation sounds during meals is now being used to display his appreciation for the food...or lack of! We are making his food and using the "Magic Bullet" to puree. He still wantes nothing to do with crawling so he has resorted to the "scoot". he leans to his left side while sitting and pushes himself in the direction he desires. The most notable action is his recent adventure to walking. He is pulling himslef up on almost anything...couches, beds, pillows, other kids, dogs, etc. As long as it's higher than he is, he is grabbing and attempting to get up to his feet. Then he hangs onto that object and will not let go unless someone is on the ground in front of him. Then he lets go and kicks it into gear while making a groaning sound as if walking was the most strenuous event he has ever been a part of!
Things are well! And here are some pics for your enjoyment!


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

He Walks!!!!!!!

Since he has refused to crawl for the past 7 months we thought we'd just let him get around another way and...well...this is what he is choosing!

Dedicated to the Lord

On Feb. 22nd, Josiah was pubically dedicated to God and we are so excited for his little heart. We know he is on a path of greatness and humbleness. God Bless you Siah! We would like to thank everyone for their support and being there for his special day! You came from near and far...and we are very thankful to have you all in our lives!




Siah's 1st Birthday!

These tell the story!
Enjoy!







Monday, May 4, 2009

A year in Perspective

Just think. One year ago we were just anther family in waiting process of the adoption rollercoaster. No face with our name, no eyes to look into, no picture to pray over, and definitely no clue when we would start the expansion of our family. Well, here we are. Less than 1 year later. LESS THAN A YEAR!!!!!!
And we are parents of the most amazing little king. Josiah Desalegn Ramon Nunez is now 13 months old and growing into a little precious being. His mannerisms are those of a special little creation from a mighty God. The long and treacherous flight home almost seems unreal. All the pain, fatigue, tears, sickness, and scared feelings seem to have died along with the fear of waiting for our new little man! Our lives have only been together for a simple and short 8 months! We have been together shorter than a mother who goes full term with a baby in her womb. We are considered mere acquaintances in the relationship world! But on this day...today and forever...we are family! And we couldn't be more proud yet humbled by the grace of God. To know our price has been paid and we now get to walk life boldly understanding nothing is impossible with God!
Well, I wanted to let you all know that our little Josiah is far from little! He is saying Dada, Momma, Up, and is making more funny faces than we know how to react to. His demeanor is that of a sweet little boy who has been waiting for a mommy and daddy like us to release himself to! Each an everyday is something more. And we couldn't be more excited. We are forever thankful and forever in debt to such a graceful God.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Video~ Grab tissue

5 months, 5 months, 5 months...I say it over & over because I can't believe it has been 5 months already since this lil boy has come in to our lives. This child has blessed us more than I could ever describe. And even more unimaginable My Lil King is turning a year tomorrow! My heart sinks when the reality of that sets in. So tomorrow we will celebrate his birthday, but today I celebrate 6 months & the miracle of adoption. 2 Countries 1 Family! Gods plan is awesome! Only the author of our lives could know the details of our hearts and then perfectly hand pick our children. (or even create them in the womb) It's sure not a thing we understand, but He knows.
We were not sure how our lives would totally change when he arrived, but we are truly amazed by the heart, laughter, and joy our little king brings. From his simple cooing sounds, to him rubbing his eyes when tired. Every last detail warms our hearts and makes each and every moment of the "paper chase" worth it. To see our little guy turn 1 tomorrow is a miracle. We will have a simple celebration with some local friends and family, but we really want to send a prayer and thank you to ALL the loving nannies and care takers that helped raise Josiah for the first 7 mos. of his life. And for his loving mother who we think about so often. We will always thank you for allowing your son to be placed by God into our family. This celebration is in honor of you and what you've done.
Over the past 5 months we have experienced alot! But none of them can amount to our one special moment when our closest friends and family gathered at our church to witness our little king being held and prayed for by our loving pastor. His dedication to the Lord has allowed of family to feel secure about his health and upbringing. It was truly a special time!
A special family put this video together for all of us to see. Words cannot describe how we felt when we saw this for the first time. To see ALL our friends and prayer worriers holding their little kids is a testimony to how great of a God we serve. To see how God picks all of us one by one and unites us as family...has forever changes our lives. So tonight we celebrate adoption and the lives it had and will continue to bless! We love you guys!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Dadda's Little Man

"What The.......I've never heard such a thing" Yep! That's right. That's exactly what our developmental specialist said when she heard the noises our little monkey/donkey makes. For those of you who don;t know, Josiah gets SOOO excited when he eats that he makes this enormous hyperventalation sound that sends guests into a quick panic and making all of them race to see who can call 9-1-1 the fastest because they think we have a choking baby. Well, along with our developmentalist visits, we recently encountered what EVERY parent loves....his first cold! Since it has lingered for a longer time that usual, Ana thought she would take him in this morning and see if there was anything wrong. He checked out TOTALLy healthy. Not only did we check on his health, but we also were curious to see where his height and weight had blown up to. Well lets just say he has grown 2.5lbs and 2 inches every month for that past 3 months. He is now 22.5lbs, and like 3,000 inches....I mean this child could tough "High" if you asked him to. We have a Minut Bol case on our hands. (those of you who dont know basketball...ask your husbands...or dads)
Proud of our little beast to say the least. Love you all! LOL!!!!!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Looking Back....Mom & son





How can it be that its been 3 months already since we've been home with our baby boy!Josiah is an amazing & happy baby. I am in constant aw & praise to God for matching us to him. Gods plan still blows me away when I look back on the journey.
My love for Siah grows daily in a way that only the Lord is showing me how to do. I just read something that reminds me that I too am an adopted child in to Christs family. Praise God that he has no expectations of me....just loves me for who & where I'm at right now. I pray that my heart will surrender to that same kind of love for my son. I don't need to worry about him doing or not doing a certain skill for his age or being or not being at a certain point for his age. I pray that my heart will continue to wrap around the thought of unconditional love for him for who & where he is. I just need to be his mommy, hold him, look him in the eye, connect with him, nurture him, provide for him so he will feel secure, loved and so he will know he is with his forever family! I can't even explain how he has enriched our lives..... We love him so much it hurts:) I wonder if he even remembers anything about Ethiopia & the TH. I wonder if he feels at home yet & if he sees us as his parents. Only time will allow that to be real in his heart as we continue to bond:) At the end of this month he will be dedicated. That just blesses my heart so much. Being able to give this child back to the Lord is the most safe feeling ever. There is a song that I play for him every night its called "In His presence & protection" The words truly explain my heart towards my son & my heavenly Father.... ( I used to not be able to make it through the 1st 2 lines w/o balling, I do much better now:) Its a short & simple song but the way its sung...well it just melts your heart!
Beautiful the evening, we have had a special day...You & me together!
Your a gift of heaven, you have changed my life so much & I thank God for you.
I lay you down in His presence & protection...
Lay you down, in His arms
Lay you down, in His keeping.... in His presence & protection


Since the early morning you have made your music, sung your heart out to the sun
Now the mist of evening has made a dew upon the grass, caught a sparkle in your eyes
I lay you down in His presence & protection...
Lay you down, in His arms
Lay you down, in His keeping.... in His presence & protection


I will give thanks for a life you have shown,
For I am so grateful for all I have known,
And for the life that is yours to bestow....In his presence & protection
!!!

I love you my sweet Siah, I lay you down tonight & forever in His presence & protection!!!

Monday, January 26, 2009

1st Hair Cut

It was big day a few weeks ago. Siah's 1st Hair cut! To be honest I was a little sad to cut those cute curls, but it was time! He was getting quite the Fro & it needed to be evened out in the back. we had to wait for over an hour before we got in & he did great! He played and checked out the scene of the barber shop. Another man at the shop held him for a while too. Everyone was so nice & couldn't believe how content he was just hangin with me for such a long period of time. He was such a good boy. but then it came time to cut.....& it was melt down time:(

He was mostly bothered by the picking of his hair, because it pulled & hurt. ( you should have seen the pout lip...ouch!) But then the noise of the razor they had to use put him over the edge. he got so scared! I don't know who was more traumatised...me, Josiah or the barber?

But we did it & made a big difference, He was exhausted after we left he took a good nap in the car:) Next time Daddy gets to be the one to go:)
Here are a few pics from that day. The 1st is from that morning. I tried to pick out his hair my self. The next 2 are at the shop & then a few after shots. He is such a lil man with his hair cut:)
Enjoy!!!!




Thursday, January 8, 2009

Merry Christmas in Ethiopia


I was just reminded that It was Christmas in Ethiopia yesterday Jan 7th. I thought I would post some of their traditions. I love that we can celebrate the uniqueness of each of our cultures. It makes life so much richer:)

Christmas Traditions in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa. It still follows the ancient Julian calendar, so Ethiopians celebrate Christmas on January 7. The Ethiopian Orthodox Church's celebration of Christ's birth is called Ganna. It is a day when families attend church.

The day before Ganna, people fast all day. The next morning at dawn, everyone dresses in white. Most Ethiopians don a traditional shamma, a thin, white cotton wrap with brightly colored stripes across the ends. The shamma is worn somewhat like a toga. Then everyone goes to the early mass at four o'clock in the morning. In a celebration that takes place several days later, the priests will dress in turbans and red and white robes as they carry beautifully embroidered fringed umbrellas.


In a modern church, the choir assembles in the outer circle. Each person entering the church is given a candle. The congregation walks around the church three times in a solemn procession, holding the flickering candles. Then they gather in the second circle to stand throughout the long mass, with the men and boys separated from the women and girls. The center circle is the holiest space in the church, where the priest serves Holy Communion.

Around the time of Ganna, the men and boys play a game that is also called ganna. It is somewhat like hockey, played with a curved stick and a round wooden ball.

The foods enjoyed during the Christmas season include wat, a thick, spicy stew of meat, vegetables, and sometimes eggs as well. The wat is served from a beautifully decorated watertight basket onto a "plate" of injera.

Twelve days after Ganna, on January 19, Ethiopians begin the three-day celebration called Timkat, which commemorates the baptism of Christ. The children walk to church services in a procession. They wear the crowns and robes of the church youth groups they belong to. The grown-ups wear the shamma. The priests will now wear their red and white robes and carry embroidered fringed umbrellas. .

Ganna and Timkat are not occasions for giving gifts in Ethiopia. If a child receives any gift at all, it is usually a small gift of clothing. Religious observances, feasting, and games are the focus of the season.

I pray the your Holidays were blessed:) Love The Nunez Family