Tuesday, December 23, 2008

One year ago today...

What were you doing last year at this time? Probably much the same things you are doing this year - planning your Christmas meal, wrapping those final few presents, maybe rushing to the store to buy those final few presents. We were doing much the same thing just getting ready for Christmas. However, thousands of miles away something very different was happening. At 11:45 am at Tu Du Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam Tuan Minh Ho entered the world. Just five minutes later at 11:50 am Tu Minh Ho entered the world. I don't know if it was that day or prior to that day that a 26 year old woman made a choice that would forever change our lives! She chose to leave the hospital and leave those two precious baby boys behind. I don't know what was behind her choice but I do know what a blessing it is to our life that she made that choice. Last year as we were preparing for Christmas we talked about how different it would be this year with a child, remember we didn't "meet" the twins until April, so we were still talking in singleton speak back then. However, we had no idea last year just how richly we were going to be blessed this Christmas. As we celebrate their big 1 year birthday today I can't help but think of their birth mother and what she is thinking today - does she wonder where they are, does she wonder how they are doing, does she think about them at all? All I can really focus on is again how blessed we are by the choice that she made. Ok so that long drawn out mushiness was to essentially say today is the boy's first birthday!!! It is hard to believe they are one already!! We don't really have any plans for the day and in fact tonight we have to go to church for practice for the Christmas eve service but the boys are wearing their 1st birthday outfits and have some presents to open. With all the change that has happened in their life in the last two months it would probably be a little overwhelming to do too much for their birthday anyway. However, mommy and daddy are celebrating their lives and how much they have already added to our lives!! Since they are still just on baby food, pretty much, I do plan on making them cupcakes later just to see what they do with them so i will be sure and post those pictures tomorrow.

The last few days have been quite eventful here at the Tolliver household. The boys are exploring more and more, which means we are babyproofing more and more. Also with exploration comes some tumbles and spills so there has been a fair share of fussing. Also with more exploration and adventure comes more of mommy saying no - which they are not real fond of either :-) It is so great to see them up and moving and much as they are - I know I have said it before but I am just amazed at how well they have been doing!! Here are some shots from the last couple of days.

By the way I do have a barricade up now so they can't get to the christmas tree but I had moved it to let my aunt out and when I turned around they were both at the tree :-)

1 comment:

Heather said...

Happy Birthday little guys!! You are the cutest!! Hope you had a great day with your new forever family!!

Heather-Mommy to Meliah and Khai 20 months old from Lang son,Vietnam