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Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Happy 4th to the babe in the family

Happy 4th to the sweet babe in the family. I got to thinking about how 4 years ago today we were tearing through Colorado trying to get to Littleton because you were being born early. All the while the nurse from the hospital and your birthmom Kristen were calling to ask us if we had a name picked out. A name? We weren't even expecting another baby until just a few weeks before our journey. We thought God had shut all the doors and Morgan was going to be an only child. We had pulled our book from the adoption agency and were in the process of buying a new house. A name? Shoot, we didn't even have a place to live yet. We were living with friends and traveling to Colorado to meet your birthparents to see if it was even a match. Little did we know you had plans all your own and would come early. A name? We didn't have a car seat, any clothes, diapers. We hadn't even told our families because nothing had been decided. A name? We didn't even have a place to stay and after finding out Colorado required you to take up residency for up to two weeks until the judge signed the paper work our friends parents who we had never met took us in so graciously. We didn't have a name but we had a three year old in tow, nerves that were anything but calm and a family who had no idea they were getting another baby.
You came in on your own terms as a surprise and have been full of them ever since. We loved you from the minute we walked into the hospital room and held all 5lbs of you. Morgan grabbed you first and claimed you as her own. Really it only seemed appropriate to let her hold you first since she was the one who said God told her he would bring her a sister soon. The only one with a faith strong enough to believe that God would finish our family and heal the hole in our hearts from the previous loss only a few weeks back. So yes Morgan got the honors and we had to demand to hold you. You dance to your own beat, you do things your own way and cannot be convinced to change. You have your own style and a laugh that is so silly it sounds like a tickle me Elmo doll. If people hear you and don't laugh or smile they are sick. You are 4 & more beautiful everyday. Although there are days when I am certain we won't survive each other the days that my cup overlfows because of you are greater. When you tell me I am the bestest mama ever my heart melts. When you tell me you dont want to obey and that I am not the boss of you, I can't help but think that will surly come in handy some day when peer pressure kicks in. When you ask me to lay with you cause your just not sleepin' good and then after ten minutes tell me to leave cause I'm a bed hog I can't halp but laugh. You are the one who challenges me to be patient and kind when its not in me. You ALWAYS have sloppy, sticky, dirty kisses and hugs. We call you pig pen, and dirt magnet cause you dont care what you look like as long as there is fun involved. I hope that doesnt change anytime soon. I love you Ryanne and Happy 4th Birthday my sweet blonde, crazy girl. Love Mama (aka bed hog)

13 comments:

Jessica said...

Ah, happy birthday Ryanne! I remember very well when she came into your family. What a blessing indeed :)

MLasch said...

Oh, this made me cry!

DonnaG said...

can't comment. too busy wiping tears.

Eileen said...

OH MY GOSH... too great for words! Just like the other comments, I am crying so hard after reading this I am typing blind. Happy Birthday Ryanne! You have been so blessed with an incredible mommy and family! With love, Eileen

Diana said...

What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. Now I really can't wait to here the whole adoption story. Oh, and that "God Is" picture you have on your profile- was that taken at Hume Lake?

Crystal said...

Oh so precious. What an example of God's amazing love for us, what great lengths he goes to in order to call us his own. I love you girl. Happy Birthday Ryanne!!! (and 4 is my favorite number, btw)

M~ said...

OH! As I read this, I can relate so much!!

Our little Shaun was a whirlwind surprise in our lives as well...we were building a house, and suddenly found out about a birthmom who was due in a month or less. We stepped out in faith, not knowing anything about the gender, whether the birthmother was taking any sort of drugs, and she had never been to the doctor. But we knew that God had this for us...

Suddenly, we got a call at 3:00 am! It was a girl! We jumped on a plane a little after 7:00 am, and flew to get her! We had to get a hotel near a mall because all we had bought were a few white onesies and socks, not knowing the gender...

We left the house construction to my brother, and my husband's company in the hands of his brother...only able to call and touch base with them from across the country, where we had to stay for over a week.

Reading this story, I know the feelings....the intense nerves and excitement...the questions, the wondering how we will bond with the baby....how do we act toward the birth mother? We would give her the world on a silver platter if we could, but what is appropriate to say or do? ...And I know that God was there, every moment, and caused the entire experience to work out perfectly! I love my Shaun Mykelle with all my heart, and her birth mother is the coolest person! She's so straightforward and honest, and I could never have asked for better! :)

Yvonne said...

oh...I can't believe it has been 4 years!!!! I got teary. You are an amazing momma.

Diana said...

Hey, just wanted to let you know that I got your email and read it - WOW. I just haven't had time to properly respond to it, which I will soon hopefully! Thank you for sharing your story.

Kari Dawson said...

That was so sweet. Doesn't it feel so good to sit and reflect on our blessings and all that we adore in our munchkins?

Leslie said...

an amazing amazing story... seriously all teary eyed too...Christy this is very cool... Good is so faithfull.
Thanks for sharing with us....

the brock clan said...

What a great story!

5KidMom said...

I got a little behind on blog reading while we hosted 8 extra people (that's 16 total!!) in our house for 10 days. I am just getting caught up now. After reading this post, I couldn't let it go by without leaving a comment.

Those were some of the most precious days ever. I am so honored that God allowed us to be a part of His plan. I was forever changed by Ryanne's arrival in your family. Thanks for letting me tag along. Happy Birthday, Ryanne!!! 8^)