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2008…REALLY?

How is that possible that it is almost 2008? In just a matter of hours it will be a New Year. This time last year we were frantically packing our belongings to make a huge transition from Kentucky to Texas. Here we are a year later…another child in tow… and trying to figure out how an entire year has blown by. The older I get, the faster the years pass. Is it just me?

As we are staring 2008 in the face, we are also anticipating another milestone in the Judd home. We will be celebrating our son’s first birthday at home…and more than likely his first birthday EVER celebrated. He is clueless. He could really care less how old he is, when asked, he just looks at us like “why do you keep asking me that.” Apparently age was never discussed. American kids are taught from birth…hold up one finger..you are one…2 fingers you are 2. Not Clark, he pretty much doesn’t even care. So, we won’t be making a huge deal out of it this year. I will make him a cake and we plan on taking him to an indoor play structure to play. We will save the party for another year. However, this celebration for us brings with it thoughts of Clark’s birth parents. I wonder if they ever wonder where he is…or how he is doing. As we celebrated Christmas, we were reminded of what Mary might have been feeling 2000 years ago. She knew she was with child, but that he would be the savior of the world. He ultimately gave his life so we could live eternally. I wonder if Clark’s mother knew from conception that she would have to give her child up… not knowing what would become of him. I wish I could tell her just how much he is loved and cared for. To thank her for giving him life…for giving us our son. For her to know that I could not love him any more if my very own blood ran through his veins. He is our son regardless of DNA. I came across this song on another blog…I wish I knew how to post music…I don’t…so I will just use the words.

Boats and Birds by Gregory and the Hawks.

If you’ll be my star
I’ll be your sky
you can hide underneath me and come out at night
when I turn jet black and you show off your light
I live to let you shine
I live to let you shine

but you can skyrocket away from me
and never come back if you find another galaxy
far from here with more room to fly
just leave me your stardust to remember you by

If you’ll be my boat
I’ll be your sea
a depth of pure blue just to probe curiosity
ebbing and flowing and pushed by a breeze
I live to make you free
I live to make you free

But you can set sail to the west if you want to
and past the horizon till I can’t even see you
far from here where the beaches are wide
just leave me your wake to remember you by

If you’ll be my star
I’ll be your sky
you can hide underneath me and come out at night
when I turn jet black and you show off your light
I live to let you shine
I live to let you shine
But you can skyrocket away from me
and never come back if you find another galaxy
far from here with more room to fly
just leave me your stardust to remember you by
stardust to remember you by.

Isn’t that neat? I really like the tune…if we figure out how to post music, we will do that.

Here is an adoption poem that I absolutely love. I plan on putting it in Clark’s life book that I started making for him.

LEGACY OF AN ADOPTED CHILD

Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother

Two different lives shaped to make you one
One became your guiding star, the other became your sun

The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it

One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim

One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried you tears

One gave you up, that was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.

Now, you ask me through your tears, the age old question unanswered through the years
Heredity or environment, which are you the product of
Neither my darling, just 2 different kinds of love.
—- Unknown

I just love that poem! It is my favorite adoption poem that I have come across. It tells the story the way I want Clark to understand it.

I will post again to let you know what he thinks of turning 4 years old on Sat., Jan. 5!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET CLARK!!!

Anyway, as we look back upon 2007…our lives have forever changed. We were blessed with a son that God chose for us before the creation of the world. We had to wait on God’s perfect timing. God taught me more about trust and faithfulness during this year than probably in any year prior. He placed me in a situation outside of my comfort zone, in a country thousands of miles away, and taught me to be utterly dependent on him. He was my ONLY source of strength. My husband was back in the states and I was in a foreign country with our daughter and I didn’t speak the language…no pressure there!! But God blessed beyond measure and placed me with other American families and protected Ali and me the entire time. While in Ukraine God reminded me of the verse “for I know the plans I have for you..plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” I clung to those words and he returned us safe and sound to the comfort of our own home. God is forever faithful.

May 2008 bring wonderful memories, good health, and happiness!!

I will leave you with a few pictures that were taken last Friday right before Jay and family left. He received a car carrier with lots of Hot Wheels in it from Mimi and Papaw and he didn’t open it until Friday. He was thrilled with all of his new cars.

random pictures...

December 31, 2007   No Comments

Christmas memories…

I can’t believe another Christmas has come and gone! The years seem to pass faster every year.

Our Christmas was wonderful. It was amazing watching Clark take it all in. A child who, prior to 4 months ago, had never been given a gift…now had a ROOM full. He didn’t quite know what to do. He actually gave up on the unwrapping after awhile and just wanted to play. I believe he still has a few gifts under the tree to unwrap! He was so cute though. He loved the Carnival Capers set that he got to go with his Thomas the Train. He played and played and played with that.

Ali was so excited also. She got more Star Wars Lego’s (which she loves), an MP3 player that she didn’t know what was getting, PlayStation 2, a sewing machine, lots of craft projects, movies, cd’s, tons of books, clothes…I could go on and on. (she gets very spoiled by both sets of grandparents)

We had my side of the family in and that was a lot of fun to be together. Ali and Abby enjoyed spending some time together…and Clark is totally IN LOVE with his Unca Jay!! That is all we heard this week “Unca Jay…Unca Jay..” Sorry Aunt Paula…he does love you too!! 🙂

Here are some pictures of our Christmas……

Christmas

December 28, 2007   No Comments

Have a Merry, Merry CHRISTmas!

We wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior! What a gift we were given that night in a manger so long ago. May our thoughts first reflect on the blessings we have and the salvation we have in Christ because of that gift.

We are excited to watch Clark experience his first American Christmas and first Christmas with his family! We waited a long time for this. We thought for the past 2 Christmases that we would have had him home…but we wait NO longer. I think it might be a little overwhelming for him to get all these presents…but I think he will be on cloud 9. Imagine…never having been given a gift. WOW…so much we take for granted.

Ali and I redeemed ourselves…..from that disastrous candy making ordeal. Wew! We had our baking day and made a couple of batches of different cookies. I am posting pictures of our candy cane cookies…they turned out so cute! We also made snicker doodles that are oh so good, if I might say so myself. (grin)

Ali is spending the weekend with her Nona and Poppy. I have full confidence that she is NOT getting spoiled. (yeah right!) We have been busy wrapping gifts and trying to get the house ready for Christmas…since we are hosting this year. So…we will be busy this weekend. Ali asked yesterday if Clark was going to their house also…I told her “no”, but jokingly told her that I could pack him up a back and he could go also. She quickly replied “that’s ok, I’m not complaining.” She loves him, she really does.

Again, have a wonderful Christmas!

cookies

December 22, 2007   No Comments

Our firstborn is 11…how did that happen?

I am in shock that my girl turned 11 yesterday. It is scary how fast time passes. Those of you with little ones…you will see! It seems like just yesterday she was little like Clark…and then they grow up before your eyes.

We had a fun family day to celebrate her big day. T.C. didn’t work, due to working a midnight shift because of a space walk. Anyway, that meant we had all day together. She wanted to open her gifts first thing, of course. We then headed out to Boston Market for lunch. We always let her choose where she would like to go for lunch or dinner. She chose Boston Market of all places. (we were hoping she would choose a Mediterranean place that we love…but she didn’t..ha!) After lunch we did a little Target shopping (our favorite store)…then it was home to let the little one sleep. While Clark was napping, Ali and I tried our hand at making peppermints from scratch. Ok, that is a whole blog entry in and of itself. I don’t highly recommend candy making….like ever! Buy the candy! I have never made candy…and will probably never try it again. It was SUCH a mess. We had dried up sugar goo all over the kitchen. Maybe there are some of you candy makers out there that know the tricks of the trade….we do not. I even bought a candy thermometer just for the occasion. It has to reach a certain temperature before you do the final stir…I don’t know…I must have messed up along the way. The directions said “as soon as it cools…stretch it and pull it like taffy” Ummmmmmmm….it was so freakin’ hot we could never quite “pull it and stretch” like the recipe called for. So needless to say…our peppermints don’t resemble peppermints at all…more like pink globs. Maybe we will have better luck with our cookie baking…let’s all hope so!! Let’s chalk it up to making a memory with my daughter…regardless of how they turned out. We did have many good laughs throughout the process.

Anyway, after the candy ordeal and Clark waking up from his nap…we headed out to the Kemah Boardwalk to check out the Christmas lights. The kids rode the carousel and we all road the little Kemah train. Clark was so excited. ALL trains are “Thomas” and he just kept saying “Thomas, Thomas, Thomas”…he insisted on sitting on the outside like a big boy and not in my lap..until we went through a tunnel with a western scene inside (that has a little fake shoot out going on)…then he climbed in my lap and just about strangled me. Heehee.

After returning home…we sang Happy Birthday as Ali blew out the candles that were in her PIE!! We had already had birthday cake at her party…so she said she wanted pie. I bought her a piece of apple pie and cheese cake…she couldn’t believe her luck! T.C. and I commented that we just can’t believe she is 11. What a blessing she has been.

I will explain the video clip a little bit. You see…Ali decided that it would be great fun to snoop through ALL of our Christmas bags that were in our coat closet. She found them all….all, I tell ya. Except for a few things that had not come in the mail at the time. She claims the coats were moved out of the way and she saw a sack and decided it would be fun to go through ALL the bags. Bummer for her as she won’t have many surprises on Christmas morning. Anyway, she found matching night shirts that I had gotten for she and Sierra’s birthdays. I wanted to have it on video when she opened it and tried to pretend she was surprised. It was pretty funny. Though she knows we know that she found the bags and has been told that next year the bags will be locked in T.C.’s trunk. Ha!

Ali's birthday

December 19, 2007   No Comments

Partying like rock stars….

Ok, maybe not…maybe just partying like 10 and 11 year olds. What else do 10 and 11 year old want to do on their birthday? Well laser tag, of course! In Ali’s words “it was just SOOOOOO cool in there.” Ali and Sierra had their joint birthday party after church today. We thought we were going to be late (what’s new?) to her own party! We had exactly 5 minutes to run home and change clothes after church. The kids had a great time playing laser tag, eating pizza and cake, and playing in the game area. It was amazing how well behaved the kids were in the party room. All the adults were commenting on it…we never once had to quiet them down! (now that’s amazing!!) Ali will officially be 11 on Tuesday. She was a little disappointed that we weren’t giving her the gifts from us until Tuesday….patience kiddo, patience! Here are a few pictures from the party.

birthday party

December 16, 2007   No Comments