Today is Ezekiel’s 8th birthday.

And 5 days from now is his 2 year anniversary of coming to America.

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{the 1st photo we ever saw of Ezekiel}

It’s amazing to me how God can fit someone so perfectly into a family when they didn’t come into it at birth.

I’m in no way saying it’s been easy the entire time, we’ve all grown as we’ve struggled together. But I will say that…

Ezekiel was made for our family. Or maybe we were made for him.

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{{ Just warning you…there are a lot of photos in this post! }}

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{click here for his story}

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{5 minutes after meeting him!}

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{when he found out Ben & I were his parents}

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{the dining room at the orphanage}

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{ezekiel’s bedroom}

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{our Christmas card & Announcement that Ezekiel was joining our family}

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{Ben had the extreme honor of meeting his mom and younger brother}

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{can you believe this is about 5 weeks after we had bought him these brand new shoes? Just a tad bit active!}

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{4 months after meeting Ezekiel…he got to come home!}

Can you believe how little he looks?! He grown so much in only 2 years!!

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{about a million times more nervous on this day than our wedding day!}

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{our 1st family picture together}

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{day 2 of being in America we went for a walk to show him the neighborhood. Already bonding with his brothers}

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{jumped into the deep end…we didn’t realize he didn’t know how to swim, oops.}

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{he’s got a really special relationship with Christ. You should hear his prayers}

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{april, 2011 – 1st easter with us…and NO english}

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{summer, 2011 – the day Temesgen named himself & became Ezekiel}

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{he had some health issues needed a few surgeries  - did it all with a smile}

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{I absolutely love his relationship with Anton & Laith}

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{I’m not sure they really remember life without him}

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{august, 2012 – the day we moved from San Antonio to Denver}

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{september, 2012 – 1st day of school – 1st grade}

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{fall, 2012 – in Breckenridge}

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{ summer, 2011 – soccer is his passion and already has more medals than we know what to do with}

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{summer, 2012}

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{4th of July, 2012}

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{summer, 2012 – 1st time camping & fishing}

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{summer, 2012 – 1st time to see the ocean}

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{march, 2012 – voted by his peers to be the Most Caring – surprised with the award in an all school assembly}

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{march, 2013 – 2nd year in a row for his peers to vote him the most Caring. An award well deserved!}

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{easter 2013 – healthy, happy, and an amazing kid}

 

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 Happy Birthday, my sweet love. You have given us all so much joy.

Daddy & I are so proud of you.

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Comments

  1. Siiri says:

    Happy Birthday, little buddy! Being 8 is GREAT, and even moreso when you have a loving family to watch you grow! I look forward to hopefully meeting you and seeing all your siblings soon! (T, my Denver dates are set for 4/26 – 4/29. we should catch up soon on the phone for a few to see if we can line up a little visit!!!) <3 Siir'

  2. Carrie says:

    I love and adore all of the photos- the birthday parties- everything. You are an amazing mother.

    1. hugs & punches says:

      Thanks so much, Carrie!!! Blogging is so much more fun when you have crazy children to talk about!

      Oh how I love your blog…it’s always so fun to look at. xo

  3. Raelene says:

    Can’t stop the tears. Thank God people like you and Ben are obedient to God. You have given these children a life that probably once was a dream they never thought possible. And to get voted twice by his peers for the most caring (in addition to his soccer talent), is awesome because your obedience benefits all the people who benefit from these stories, his peers who get to see a unique heart from him, and so many other things. This is how the world is changed (in a positive way) one person at a time. Love it.

    1. hugs & punches says:

      Wow, Raelene…thank you for your sweet words. Now you’re making ME teary!!