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ZEST!

zest noun\ňązest\ : lively excitement : a feeling of enjoyment and enthusiasm : a lively quality that increases enjoyment, excitement, or energy : small pieces of the skin of a lemon, orange, or lime that are used to flavor food

Yes! That's it. That describes our boy perfectly! He lives his life with enjoyment and enthusiasm and he certainly does increase our enjoyment of life 100 fold!

Samuel Tobias is 4 years old now and I can't even put into words how very, very thankful I am to have been hand-picked by God to be this boys' mom! Just look at that amazing smile! 

My oldest and my youngest..... 
Our Sammy T is a fighter. He isn't going to let labels hold him down. Although he is delayed quite a bit in speech and other areas he IS making progress!  Praise God!  He is constantly amazing me with new things he can do! Riding his bike with training wheels and actually pedaling it.  Potty training. Trying very hard to dress himself. Able to say some words that we understand so he doesn…

My Sunshine....

Nolan Elijah.... oh my, words fail me.... this little guy is a pocketful of joy!  He exemplifies it!  I am so, so thankful God chose me to be his momma!  Truthfully, he helps keep me sane most days. :) 

 There is not a day goes by that isn't filled with his laughter,  his smile and his exuberant life! Thank you Lord!



He is all about family. He loves, loves, loves his family and loves having  fun with his family.




Nolan is 6 years old. He has this adorable New England accent which we've no clue how he acquired but trust me...it's A.DOR.A.BLE :) He loves trucks, playing board games and riding his bike. In fact, just recently he has begun ramping his bike and doing mini-wheelies. OYE! Reminds me of his biggest brothers and their crazy, skateboarding tricks. :)  He is an awesome brother always looking out for Sammy T! He's also been our "resident translator" when we can't figure out what Sam is trying to say. He is kind, compassionate, giving and very athletic.  However, …

My lil' Diva....

Miss G.....  :)
Our little Gabriella came home at 18 months. She had lived most of her life in the hospital due to her "complicated health". The doctors had changed her diagnoses several times but just weren't able to nail it down completely while in Korea but had started her on medicine that was helping her. Enter us....medically naive....! Of course we had done our homework and had researched and talked to doctors, specialists and even a doctor who specialized in internationally adopted children with major health concerns. For the most part, across the board, they all agreed that her health would improve upon getting the medication and medical care provided here in the states. (But for the record, I believe Korea's health system is very good and I believe they were on the right path).  So we brought this cherub home and immediately her pediatrician took her off all her medication so he could see if her diagnosis was correct. Ack! Word to the wise......so not a good …

If you give kids shaving cream....

they will have a GREAT time! 

Knee Mail....

This is Connor, age 11. He came home at 2 1/2 years old from Korea. Many longtime readers know our story about how naive we were. Ha! That's an understatement! On paper, Connor had some big issues but we thought he would come home and our love and devotion would "fix" all of it. Whew! Were we in for a ride! LOL!   Connor has come a long way from where he started and truthfully, so have I! He has been the impetus to grow my faith and knee mail (praying) is a moment by moment occurrence for me as I learn to deal with the issues that continue to surface day after day after day. I have no idea what God has planned for his life but I believe with all I am it will be good! Gods' word promises it and that's what I cling to. The HOPE that what God has begun He will finish. Hallelujah! 
Connor loves to read and sing. He also loves to do school and math is his favorite subject. He is a big help with Samuel, playing ball with him, or putting his shoes on for me if I am bus…