The merry month of May.

Just surviving May here. I'm amazed by all of the things we decide to fit into this little recitals, more soccer, school carnival, school backwards day, school art show, first grade store day, third grade drop-eggs-off-the-top-of-the-school day, preschool graduation, field day, dance festivals, mom and me tea, ice cream parties, and three field trips. Kind of ready for summer so we can just be boring for a while. 

In other news, Simon is talking! (in English) Some of his best words are... hi, bubble, mom, dad, Anna, Max (for either Charlie or Max), JoJo (Georgia), more, soft (he can say it but he can't really be it.), all done, I do, stop, bus and yeah. Also, he had a check up last week and he is now a whopping 27 lbs. Watch out! He's growing and talking and keeping us all on our toes. 


Temple Day

Last weekend we were able to be sealed to Simon in the LDS Provo Utah Temple. We finalized the adoption on Wednesday, May 6th and went to the temple on Saturday May 9th so that Simon could be sealed to me and Taylor and be part of our family forever. I am thankful for the amazing blessings of the temple and of families. I am thankful that my children were able to feel the peaceful spirit in a sacred place that is profoundly special to me. Those are the kinds of peaceful feelings I wish we had in our home all the time. We can work on that, possibly. I love being in the temple and being there with all of our beautiful children as a family were some of the most tender moments of my life. I hope they remember it forever, and I hope they all five know how much we love them. I am thankful for a Father in Heaven and a Savior who love me--I feel that love in the temple. 

It was an  emotional week for me of looking back on all the things we've experienced to get Simon here. I am amazed at the tender mercies and help from heaven we have received these last six months. I am amazed that we adopted a sweet little boy from Hong Kong. I did not foresee that in our future a few years ago, and I am so thankful that Simon is part of my life now. It has been a challenging six months as we have all worked to adjust and also a period of time that I know we will look back on with such happy, precious memories (and butterflies in our stomachs). It was hard to wait for six months to feel like he was finally 100% ours forever, but I am also so thankful for where we are now in the process of adjusting compared to where we have been. 

We were thankful to be surrounded on Saturday by so many people we love. Our kids stuck gold when it comes to grandmas and grandpas an aunts and uncles. We had a crowd at our house after the sealing and I was so thankful for every single person there. Here are a few pictures of our special day. 


Back to blogging because....

I really love writing about my family and my life, but I've been doing that somewhere else the last few months because I couldn't share what I wanted to about Simon and our adoption until it was finalized. I, however, am back. I know that both my grandma and my husband really like to read my blog, but really it's for me and I have missed it. It turns out that writing about my life makes me like my life more. Hopefully this is not because I'm faking a beautiful life, but because I am finding the beauty in my life, which happens to be really normal, which means kind of hectic and stressful and scary and not perfect sometimes. I'm thankful for a place to share all the moments that I want to. Here are a few from this last week that happen to be some pretty amazing moments in my life.

One week ago our adoption was finalized, which  means it's a done deal, legally. Can you believe it? I can. That was a long process to get here--really, really long. As we met at the courthouse, I was feeling so full of emotions. I was finally letting go of some of the nagging fears that had been present since we began our adoption two years ago, (fears of losing this little boy that I know is supposed to be part of our family) and I was finally done with the process of becoming Simon's mom. He is now a Davis (Simon Kent Davis) and we are so thankful for him. 

Here is the group that came to court with us. Kind of a rowdy bunch. 

This is us arriving at the court house and going through security. The kids were quite impressed with this whole experience. 

A little excited.

Simon just really wanted to talk in the microphone. He squirmed all over the place and it was apparent that he has lots of energy. 

Simon Kent Davis with his family and our nice judge. 

Such a big, happy day in the history of our family.  


Happy weather

It's like summer but in winter and we're living it up around here. 


January news.

Thank goodness for January. It feels so good for life to slow down and normalize after the holidays--I think especially this year since we are still kind of finding our normal. Simon started school last week and it has been so much better than I thought it would be. I was feeling like we just got him here and have been missing him for so long and I didn't want to let him go four days a week for three hours a day. Then he went and loved it and is still loving it. He wants to get his backpack on and wants to get in the car to go. When we get there he wants me to stay with him, which makes me happy, but when I tell him I have to go and I'll be back, he does okay. It's also the best to see him get really excited when he sees us after school, and I know school is going to be so good for him. We are just loving our Simon. 

The first day of Simon's school Georgia and I went to get the car registered and happened to notice a frozen yogurt stop near by that seemed like a much better place to wait than inside of Jiffy Lube. Georgia kept saying, "Hope Simon's doing great." and I think she meant it, but I think she was also having an awesome time alone with mom for the first time in a pretty long time.

We had some impressive snow drifts in our yard this year that have provided hours of out side time--for the kids playing and for Taylor and I shoveling. The biggest drift was in front of our garage door. The second biggest one was on top of our chicken coop and it was almost the end of our chickens. Taylor saved them like a real farmer would. They spent a couple days in the garage while we baled out their coop and are back to their happy, egg-laying selves now. 

So that's the news from us so far this January. A new big boy (who I can't show pictures of--boo) in preschool and deadly snow drifts.