Happy Birthday, Flavia!

7 whole years old! I’ve now known you half your life and am thankful for each second. 

You are thoughtful, smart and a fierce competitor. You love learning and it’s thrilling to watch you make so many connections. Your empathetic heart is sensitive and kind. You are the best snuggler and I love holding you in my arms. 

You are extraordinary, precious girl! 

Happy 9th Birthday, Lulu!

You are kind, fierce, outgoing, the life of the party. You have stories in your head and music in your heart. There is never a quiet moment with you around. Your smile brightens rooms. 

May you continue to stand up against injustice and fight for the underdog, precious girl. I'm amazed by who you are and who you're becoming. 

I look forward to seeing you grow this year! 

Anniversary Thoughts

Nine years.

A month before Lulu was born in Brooklyn to a woman I'll forever share the title of Mom with, Alex and I said our vows in a small gathering of family and close friends across the country in Dallas, Texas. We already knew we wanted to grow our family through adoption, but were ignorant to all details at that point. 

We got married as young 20-somethings who knew everything about everything, especially the fact that college love was enough to carry us through anything. Turns out, there was a whole lot more commitment than love at times, but that young love has developed strong roots, tested in adversity. And that commitment that felt like rigid borders now feels comfortable and safe, like home. 

We said yes to each other and we said yes to this non-traditional family. We had no idea what we were truly signing up for on either count, but I'm forever thankful for the paths we chose. Had I known the challenges upfront, I doubt I would have had the courage to say 'yes' to either, but I will never regret having walked these nine years with Alex. 

So bring on the unexpected and the challenging! Those are the times our roots have grown... And I'm not yet done growing.