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Friday, January 30, 2015

Just a few pictures that make me smile!

My son, my precious son Noah. 
I love saying that. 
I LOVE being his mom!
To say his name and see his eyes light up with recognition brings us all such JOY!
He is 11 and 1/2 now. The same age as Tyler in Bulgaria who needs a home. (post below)
Noah was 9 when he came home- and he was the easiest of the 5 boys because he was older. Being "older" did not make caring for him harder. He was much more flexible. He loved being with us.
Julius and Pauly were 4 years old when they came home and it was harder for them being younger. They always ran away from us!

 Noah's heart has only LOVE. He doesn't understand jealousy, or anger or hurting others. He doesn't want what everyone else has. He's always satisfied with what he has! He doesn't understand arguing, he never raises his voice. He only expects LOVE from all of us here and everyone he meets. He gives so much more to everyone than he receives in return.
He blesses our lives so much.

New Minnie Mouse slippers for out little "polka dot gal"!!!
She cracks us up as she stomps through the house in these like big foot! ;o)

I never get to dress her up in the morning because her 3 older sisters beat me to it every single day! They LOVE going through her wardrobe and mixing and matching outfits for her!
They do not put as much effort into dressing their brothers! LOL!!
So I'm always saying- put that cute red shirt on Moses! Mercy hates getting dressed or change into jammies so you can hear her complain loudly as they fix her up. It's a sensory thing.

 She likes to hide in corners and under things. She doesn't sit still for long unless it's in a corner!

She has a habit of "chewing" her hands and putting them in her mouth. We bought her this little musical toy "vanity" this year, hoping she would like it. Last year she was not yet playing with toys like we had hoped. She likes it!

This year she is actively playing with toys more than tossing them about the room or biting them. Her favorite toys are her musical puppies she sleeps with. We can see improvement in her comprehension of what we say. Children with Sotos tend to be delayed and catch up later, usually around adolescence. This is different than the boys having Down Syndrome, they gradually learn most of their lives and don't "catch up" like that. The boys like repetition and Mercy prefers to learn and see "new" things, or have things presented in different ways. For Noah everything he learns has to be hand over hand. He doesn't understand a lot of language. You can't tell Noah to "get a toy". You have to walk him to a toy, have him pick it up and tell him good job!

The boys like to do activities as a group. Mercy only likes to observe.

 My LOVE MA eating some birthday cake from Faith and Isaiah's birthdays in January.
MA turned 58 in December! :o)

Silly MA! She's telling my photographer Isaiah "I'm watching you!" I never have to worry- she has kept an eye on our children for 28 years now! I am so blessed! 


  1. I'm glad you left the ability to comment anonymously :)
    Obviously very few people see what you do in your home on a daily basis, but from what I can see, their lives look amazing. I don't think your children's lives look like the "American dream" (I'm not American fyi), but they definitely seem to have everything they need.
    I can't imagine having so many dependants, ones who will be dependent their whole lives. You do seem to have a lot of help from your middle set, the ones who are more able, and I think it would be much much harder on you without them, but all kids have chores, and I don't think you make the kids responsible for the ones who need help, but feeding them, for example, is a fairly minor thing to ask of a sibling.
    (I only say this because I feel you've probably gotten a lot of criticism for having the kids help you feed your Bulgarians and little princess)

    While you have a lot of kids with a lot of needs, you seem to be doing a great job. You know them. You provide experiences for them. You teach them. You accept them and all their intricacies. You foster their spirits (Isaiah struggles in school, but has the role of your special photographer, so that must really boost him).

    Anyway. I hope you don't let harassers get you down, and I hope this comment helps you see what I see, rather than a simple "You're doing great!".


    1. God Bless you for visiting us! :o)
      Thank You so much for your kind words and taking the time to comment here!
      We really do the best we humanly can and relish every moment we have with each other!
      Much LOVE to you and your precious family as well!

  2. I always wait for and love your updates - you are the best sweet momma!

    1. Thank You Sarah! (((HUGS))) and prayers

  3. Dressing siblings must be a girl thing! Carolyn picks out every day what baby "K" will wear even to sleep in! Mercy looks adorable. It is a wonderful thing once children learn to play with toys. Our "B" is still learning. He throws them and uses them as weapons. Noah looks so mature in these pictures. He is becoming a young man! Love all the updates. Blessings upon everyone!

  4. What a beautiful comment from Anonymous. What a blessing! What cute pictures you have. I love Mercy's little footies and leggings, they are cute. I could almost see them and hear them flip flopping around.


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