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Caleb's "best day ever"

Do you remember your very best day from your childhood?

Maybe it was a day on vacation, when you got a new puppy, or having a big birthday party. Or maybe your best childhood day was like Caleb's day - a day with one of your favorite family members. Maybe your day was full of laughter and love. I hope that is what your day was, because Caleb and Tope's day was very special.

Was today a huge out of the ordinary day? Nope. Well, not other than my brother, Ethan, came to visit, otherwise the day went like a normal Saturday would around our house. 

Ethan came for lunch and then hung out with us while we played legos, chilled on the couch, chatted, and then he also played the occasional chase game with the boys. During one of these chase games, Caleb runs into the kitchen where I'm preparing supper and says, "I hope I never forget this day! This is one of my very best days. I really like the game we are playing! And Tope and I are even working together to beat Ethan!"

My heart stopped. Then my heart melted. Then I started to get teary-eyed.

Thank you to my brother who is a wonderful Uncle. I am so proud of the man you have become Ethan, and for the male figure you are in my son's lives. You are a blessing to us. Thank you for making memories for my boys. Thank you for making them laugh. Thank you for spending time with us and being a part of our family. 

And thank you to God, who is bonding these brothers! It is happening folks! These two are starting to show a stronger and stronger bond each and every day. It makes me the happiest of Mama's. 

They were playing a version, you could say, of peek-a-boo,
but instead of giggles, the boys would scream at Ethan when they
pulled the blanket down!

We were also blessed tonight with an amazing meal! One plus to my time off is that I have been able to try a couple new recipes, especially when Jon is home to watch the boys while I cook. I had planned to try a couple new things tonight and was so happy I did! We had buttermilk bisquits, buttermilk fried chicken tenders, and broccoli (with cheese at Jon's request). The meal was a hit and oh so good! I loved looking around the table full of boys and watch them smack their lips - it was a proud Wife/Mama/Cook/I can do this! moment.  :)

It has been different being at home so much during this time of bonding with Tope and understanding what it is like to be a family of four. At times I wish we could go out and do more, see more faces, have our typical routines of church, school, large functions, etc. But it is especially days like these that I am so very thankful for not only this adoption, but for the time it has created for my family to bond. It's good stuff. It really is. 

Enjoy the time with your family. You won't regret it. 
THESE are the BEST days to REMEMBER.

~In Christ


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