And like that, she’s one. One. • Thanking God for every last moment she’s spent with us in her first year of life. Thanking Him for the future He laid out and the way He knit our stories together. Thanking Him for a family that has fallen for her almost as hard as we have. #makingteamthomas
Oh yes, yeah, that’s ours. The one pulling Santa’s beard off and exposing him for the fraud he is. Yeah, she’s strong and sassy. Yep, no worries about her future.
Oh happy day! A year ago, she was born. A year ago, doctors wondered if she’d make it. A year ago, everyone was afraid for her future. • And here we are, thrilled beyond words that her life is so profoundly part of ours. • We love you baby girl. Your life is a testament to love making family (both immediate and extended). Thank you for expanding our hearts and our lives beyond our imaginations. Thank you for making us Mom and Dad.
If one picture could sum up life, this is it. • The UPS man brought her a birthday present last night and girlfriend can’t believe how much bigger the world is when you’re in the driver’s seat. Even in walks are about to look a lot more fun. #makingteamthomas
We went to the zoo. She watched ALL the crows and vultures fly by, but couldn’t be bothered with the rhinos or gorillas or even the flamingoes. All about them crows. • She wants to walk EVERYWHERE, but doesn’t want to walk alone (part because she can’t and part because why walk alone when you can walk with someone else?). We’re trying to embrace the hand holding, but our lower backs ache from the way we have to bend. Nothing a little back rub can’t fix. 😉• And in less than a week, she will be ONE. Where did those exhausted, fearful newborn days go? #makingteamthomas
Serenaded before she even understands the joy of a good mariachi band. She got “Twinkle, Twinkle” and “Itsy, Bitsy Spider” and “Los Colores”. They got a tip from a thrilled Dad. #makingteamthomas
Best finish line photo to date. (And it’s only sweeter that my Mama is smiling beside us just outside the square frame.) #makingteamthomas
She might not share my flesh but she sure does share my spirit (and her parent’s mutual love for all things Christmas). #makingteamthomas
When a mom’s night out includes you and a mom comedian, 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼.
We’re 24 hours post court. And we’re more able to be honest about how we feel in the wake of what happened yesterday. We’re disappointed that we’ll be returning to sit in this hallway for God knows how many hours again in February. • We will happily sit in a space for the sweet child who needs parents. We will sit there and we will pray for her and we will let our stomachs turn themselves inside out in anticipation. We will do so knowing His plans are perfect and His rule is above all. • But there’s a human element here. And yesterday the human element let us down. More than us, it let our girl down. It came up short in promising her permanency and I, a seeker of honestly positive, smiled and said it was all good. But, honestly, it’s a big old bummer that I cried about because I don’t just want forever for me; I want it for HER. I want something certain and special and family for her. • It’s coming. It’s slow and circumstances happen, but it’s coming. And today we’re holding tight to that eventual hallelujah. #makingteamthomas
In January we ran 13.1 miles and talked about her. We hoped she’d be discharged from the NICU and finally come home to meet everyone. • And today, we talked about court tomorrow, our hopes for the judge and the outcome... only to be made sweeter as she finished the hilly (oh so gradual and constantly hilly) 13.1 with us! #makingteamthomas
“She’s so lucky to have you.” -we hear this EVERY SINGLE DAY. It’s true, she’s lucky. But good Lord we are lottery winners who were saved from the depths of some seriously sad seasons by her joyful soul. The promises He fulfilled in bringing her into our home, the hope He rained down on our parched souls, the joy we would never have known are all parts of how lucky WE are. • If we’d only known her a day, a week, or a year, we’d have been changed for the better. To get to speak about forever with her is unimaginably sweet. Our luck will never run out with the goodness that is she. #makingteamthomas
I️ forgive you Daylight Savings. Oh dear, I️ forgive you. #makingteamthomas
Nothing better than a Sunday evening spent cutting cheese. (And then beautifying and then eating it.) • But honestly, six ladies -who started as strangers- couldn’t help but be friends after gathering around all the charcuterie goodness of a @smokeandbrineco workshop.
Her hands. 😍. They’re bossy and always exploring and grabbing and you have to be careful because strong little grips are no joke. But her hands have my heart with the way they demonstrate her strong will. And, lately, her hands are grabbing around my neck and reaching for me as comfort and no one can prepare you for how mushy that makes one’s heart feel. Somehow I’m falling more and more impossibly in love with her every day. #makingteamthomas
Oh my flock. This Mingo is so lucky to have landed amongst her kind o souls. And, man, we are lucky to have her. #makingteamthomas