On August 8th at 12:21pm, Sarah and I became parents to the most beautiful baby boy. Bodie McQueen Kalaba, you were born into a room that was filled with so much love the entire room, staff and all, burst into tears. You are the most pure form of joy and everyone that has met you knows it too. As of November 5th, you are now legally a Kalaba. We can’t wait to spend a lifetime as your mommas and remind you daily just how special you are. #adoption #adoptionday #adoptionjourney #adoptionrocks #family #lgbt #lgbtfamily #lgbtfamilies #storytellingphotography #childhoodunplugged #nationaladoptionweek #babiesofinstagram #babyofinsta #babiesofig #adoptionlove #jwoodberyphotography
So much has changed in these past few months for us. Losing our sweet Gyp was heartbreaking but out of that storm, this sweet rainbow named Olive came into our lives. We’re all still adjusting to the new dynamic in the house. The dogs LOVE her but she’s terrified since they are 40 and 90 pounds bigger than her. Olive loves our other cat but he isn’t willing to give her the time of day. Since our other cat (Sebastian) and Gypsy were from the same litter, I think he’s still waiting for his sister to come home one day. Things are different but we’re slowly finding a new normal.
I’ve always found it a little odd that I wasn’t nervous on my wedding day. With us both coming from divorced families, I thought for sure one of us was going to get cold feet. To my surprise, saying I do to Sarah was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made. Today I celebrate four years of marriage to this wonderful kind soul. We’ve been through a lot in the past 4 years. We’ve experienced some incredible highs and we’ve experienced devastation. Whether we are coming down from a high or climbing back up from a low, my favorite place has always been coming back to the middle. When the dust settles and the smoke clears, we always return to a secure place that is hopeful, loving, and together. Sarah Kalaba: Thank you for always honoring our marriage. Thank you for choosing me everyday. Thank you for just being you. I can't wait to see where the next few years take us. I love you more than words. You are living proof that soulmates are real, dreams come true, and love is unconditional. I love you. Happy Anniversary.
My wife and I have had a rough 6 months. We’ve experienced more heartache and devastation than we have in our entire life. Most of those events are still too fresh to talk about but out of that storm, we found a small rainbow. Meet the newest Kalaba. Welcome home Olive. We’re excited to see your personality come through and even though you will never fill the hole we have in our heart, we think you’ll show us there was a different hole that we never knew needed to be filled.
Last Friday, Sarah and I woke up with the reality that we were going to have to put our beloved Gypsy down on Saturday or Sunday. She hadn’t eaten in days and refused to get out from under the bed. After getting two doctors to confirm that she had an aggressive cancer, we were as prepared as we could be to say goodbye. At her Friday appointment, the vet gave Gypsy a steroid shot as a Hail Mary to see if we could turn this ship around. Every sign pointed towards Gypsy rapidly declining but by Gods grace she has made a complete 180 change. She is back to being a thriving little kitty. We (the vet and us) are shocked! Some facts still remain. She still has an aggressive cancer that will eventually take her. Since she has made such improvements, our vet recommended a mid-grade chemo that could potentially give her 3-4 months of good days. It’s not a cure but we are ecstatic that we may get a few more months of cuddles and love. Thank you for being a fighter baby girl!! Your moms are going to be with you on every step of this journey! We love you more than words ❤️
Mom’s kisses are the best ❤️
It is with overwhelming sadness that I say the Kalaba family will be losing one of it’s four legged babies. Our sweet Gypsy has been diagnosed with an aggressive and rare cancer that is inoperable. To say we are heartbroken is an understatement. Please keep us in your prayers as we try to find the right time to say goodbye. ❤️🙏🏼
High five Riley!👋