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Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Where does the time go?
This picture was taken just yesterday...or so it seems.
It's the first picture we have of Q-ball. (We have a video that we need to get pics pulled off of - anyone know how to do that?)
I love this picture! Isn't he just precious?!
Yesterday this precious little boy turned 9!
I've written before about the scrawny little tyke we met almost eight years ago in a Russian orphanage. About how he used to pull his arms in close to him, like a turtle, every time he was overwhelmed. How he rocked himself to sleep every night and refused to look in our eyes. How he pulled away from hugs and couldn't tell when he was in pain.
Now our little guy is not so little anymore. He's tall and muscular. He's friendly and funny. He doesn't get overwhelmed very often. He falls asleep quickly and quietly now, gives us big hugs freely and climbs in our laps any chance he can get. (Of course, now he's getting too big to do that! - or maybe it's us that are getting too big! ;)
He's adventurous...he flew in a small airplane for the first time last fall and enjoyed every minute of it!
He loves football, basketball, baseball and any other sport where a ball is required. He loves to swim, ride his bike, play tag and skateboard.
He's a math whiz...acing all of his multiplication tests on the first try.
He's kind, compassionate, loyal and brave.
He's handsome, charming, quiet and humble.
We waited 10 excruciatingly long years for this guy to join us so we could become a family.
He was so worth the wait!
Happy Birthday Q!

4 salty messages:

Jenni May 8, 2007 at 6:39 PM  

Happy birthday Q! So wonderful to see where he was and how far he has come under your loving care.

Missy May 8, 2007 at 7:50 PM  

You have a way of making tears form in my eyes. How is that? Happy birthday little guy! Such a change in the eyes. The first you can see sadness...and the 2nd totally happy! How incredible!

jessy May 9, 2007 at 11:41 AM  

Oh, wasn't he adorable? He still is--in a more handsome sort of way. Happy birthday Q!

Starfish May 9, 2007 at 1:12 PM  

What a handsome boy. It's amazing what love can do, huh?

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