The Thomas Crew

The Thomas Crew

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Children are a Blessing

All I ever wanted growing up was to be a nurse and a Mommy. My mom was a wonderful mother to my brothers and I. She loved having little kids around and if you ask her today she would tell you "It was the best years of my life"! Some days I wonder what I have gotten myself into! Life with five small children is never boring, never. It is also never calm, unless they are asleep. It is never clean, especially with a Tyler around. But all that aside I would not change it for the world. I cannot imagine a clean, calm, quiet home. I love the constant entertainment, constant laughter, constant laundry and dishes and more then anything the amount of love in our home. I cannot imagine my life any other way. I sometimes imagine what life will be like when all these little people grow up and leave. I often look into their eyes and wish I could freeze time. I can't freeze time but I sure can make the best of ever moment with them. I pray that God will continue to send blessings our way. I know a few of you may think I am a tad crazy but look at these faces. How could you not want a few more :)


Friday, March 21, 2014

Gavin's Gotcha Video

People ask me all the time what the orphanage was like. It was a very surreal day. I go back to that day in my mind often. Just like how you replay your child's birth story over and over again in your mind. I remember at one point thinking "Is This REAL"? Are we really standing in this orphanage across the world picking up our son. It took us 13 months, start to finish to get Gavin home. Here is a look into Gavin's beautiful day of freedom.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Serving Others

Service to others..... I have been thinking about this a lot lately and what it actually means. Scripture is very clear that we should go out and serve others. That we should be his "Hands and Feet".  How often are we called to do things that we never follow through with? Personally I know I ignore most of my callings on a daily basis. Though we say that we trust him, I often wonder if we really do. A few weeks ago I was out with the kids at the library. On our way out we noticed a older women sitting on a bench. You know that feeling when you see someone in need and you look away to avoid eye contact. Why do we look away? Is it because we are too scared to do something. I have been working hard to teach my children to follow their hearts, to show kindness. To help others in need and put everyone else before them. This lesson is very difficult for children. Children are born innocent but also selfish. On that day we didn't turn away. We drove over to the taco bell and returned with lunch for that women. The children then said "Mom there is more people here hungry, what can we do". This is what I call setting the seed. Children learn by example. I could give them 100 lessons on service but showing them what service looks like is a life long lesson. As you all know I am a strong believer in adoption. I believe that there is a family for every lost orphan. A treasure just waiting to be found. Gavin has taught our family more then I could give in "lessons" in my entire life. My children have learned more about selfless acts then most adults will ever understand. I had no idea that the adoption of Gavin would change my heart on so many levels. The joy that comes from my dear little prince lights up a room.  Adoption is hard work! None of it is easy but God never said that serving others was easy or convenient.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Missing in Action......

Missing in action... It's been a few weeks since a update. Gavin has been doing pretty good. Last year was such a rollercoaster. One hospital stay after another. This year has been calm and steady for now.  It seems that he is doing a lot better with his urinary devices and stent. I think we have also found better antibiotics for him that help prevent infections. He is changing and growing emotionally every month. Gavin has developed both emotionally and developmentally at super speed. In 14 months he has come so far. From emotionally starting at a 1-2 year old level to now getting dressed on his own and getting on the bus to school every day. It is amazing to watch him develop past his 2 year old brother which was at one point his "twin" and now Tyler is his "little brother". Gavin is developing into a typical 7 year old little boy. He has a best friend that he spends lunch, recess and most Thursday nights with :) He loves to play outside on his scooter and has even learned how to ride his bike without training wheels! He could barely navigate stairs 14 months ago. He is now drawing monsters, his name and numbers on paper. He was making scribbled lines 14 months ago. He was using both hands when he came home and he has now picked a dominate hand, and I am proud to say he's a lefty. I feel like we are making strives in our attachment problems. I have reached out for help from his teachers and family friends in this area. We are trying to teach him that not everyone needs hugs and kisses. This is difficult for Gavin because he simple loves everyone. In order for us to bound though he needs to be able to recognize there is difference between his family and everyone else. We continue to work on our Mother-Son relationship. Yes I have been missing in for facebook, I am fasting from facebook :) Observing Lent this year was a personal conviction for myself. I felt like I needed to reconnect with Jesus and spend more time in his word and less time on other things. If you need to contact me send me an email and don't worry I will be back soon :)