October 12, 2008

Dear Quint...

We got home from Africa four months and fourteen days ago. Time is flying by and we can't believe it. You will be 11 months old this coming week, and we'll be celebrating your 1st birthday next month. When we got your referral, you were just three months old. By the time we got through court and were able to go and get you, you had just turned six months old. You were so little. It was incredible how much we loved you the minute we met you!


Were you really this little? I can still remember it, if I try...


And look at you now! Growing up and changing every day. I love those teeth! I love that you wave hello and goodbye. I love the way you clap your hands and hum to yourself. I love the way you giggle and laugh over so many things. You always make Daddy and I laugh too! You're such a sweet and wonderful boy, Quint! We can't imagine our life without you - wouldn't even want to try.


I love that when Daddy and I say "can I have a kiss?", you lean in and plant a big on one us. That never gets old. I love the way you chatter and say "dadadadadada". I love that you love beans and rice as much as Mommy! I love your hair, your big beautiful soulful eyes, your happy smile, your cute little teeth, your adorable feet...I just love everything about you! People who meet you, love you too. You're just lovable, baby boy!

Sometimes Daddy and I look at each other and we just shrug our shoulders...because we are so completely in love with you - hook line and sinker - that it's overwhelming. Sometimes there just aren't enough words, or pictures, or moments, or kisses and hugs that can convey it.

We shudder to think what our lives would look like if we hadn't taken this road to you. It's unbearable to even go there in our minds. So we don't. Easier to just play and have fun and enjoy loving you every single day - because we did take that road! (whew!)

You're growing up so fast and before we know it, you'll be two then three then four and on and on. In the blink of an eye...we'll look back at our pictures and wonder where the time went and how fast you grew up.

Until then...

You are our sunshine. Our only sunshine. You make us happy when skies are grey. You'll never know dear, how much we love you...

Love you forever and ever ~

9 comments :

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Girl you are sooo right... I know we always say "Take it all in, cherish everyday" and then we go to our day to day life..
But it goes by sooo fast.. I look at my 18 year old son and still can remmeber when he was born... it doesn't seem possible that they are that old..
Quint is soooooo cute and I can't even imagine.. his pictures tell what a wonderful little boy he is..
Hugs to you my friend..
Give him kisses for me..

a Tonggu Momma said...

I love anniversary posts. I just clicked over from Salsa in China and lucked out finding a "home one year" post. I feel so blessed! Quint is adorable.

Kristy said...

Just promise me one thing....DON'T DON'T DON'T BLINK BECAUSE ONE DAY YOU WAKE UP AND THEY ARE 15!!! And you just don't know where the time went. You all look so incredibly happy and blessed. Looking at that never gets old!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

Cora said...

It is amazing how quickly the time goes. Quint is just so precious.

Mom said...

Christie, this is such a sweet post. I had to print it out and add it to the others about your journey. You DO have to remember every moment. You know how fast the time flies, because you experienced it with Dustin and Ashley. I sit now and yearn for all of my babies. You guys were all so cute, including toes and giggles. : )
Write as much down as you can because there are some things that a picture just can't convey.
Quint is just the ice cream on top of an all ready perfect apple pie!!
You can't get much better than that. I love you honey and you are doing an incredible job as Quint's mom.
Don't worry.....be happy....: )

Mom said...

Christie, this is such a sweet post. I had to print it out and add it to the others about your journey. You DO have to remember every moment. You know how fast the time flies, because you experienced it with Dustin and Ashley. I sit now and yearn for all of my babies. You guys were all so cute, including toes and giggles. : )
Write as much down as you can because there are some things that a picture just can't convey.
Quint is just the ice cream on top of an all ready perfect apple pie!!
You can't get much better than that. I love you honey and you are doing an incredible job as Quint's mom.
Don't worry.....be happy....: )

Mom said...

Christie, this is such a sweet post. I had to print it out and add it to the others about your journey. You DO have to remember every moment. You know how fast the time flies, because you experienced it with Dustin and Ashley. I sit now and yearn for all of my babies. You guys were all so cute, including toes and giggles. : )
Write as much down as you can because there are some things that a picture just can't convey.
Quint is just the ice cream on top of an all ready perfect apple pie!!
You can't get much better than that. I love you honey and you are doing an incredible job as Quint's mom.
Don't worry.....be happy....: )

Mom said...

Sorry about the "tripple" posts, I know that I didn't do that, I don't know "what" happened.

Eloise said...

Cute pictures! He really has grown so much already.

Are you feeling better?