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The Things He Says September 11, 2013

Filed under: everyday life,Isaac — Elizabeth @ 1:23 PM

Today I was having lunch at school with Isaac (after returning from chaperoning a field trip for Matthew’s class).  As Isaac packed up his lunchbox, he stuck his fork inside and said, “now THAT’S how a mathematician does it”.

Isaac:  Matthew, do you know what sticky notes are for?

Matthew:  no

Isaac:  they are for if someone is sleeping, but you need to go somewhere.  So you write a note that says I’ll be right back and you stick it on their face.

Last night we went to a church near our house for a transracial adoption support group.  Isaac asked if we had ever been to the church.  Jason and I told him that this is where we go to vote.  Oh, did you vote for George Washington?

Matthew (to me):  You the best mommy in the world.

Me (feigning humility):  Oh I doubt I’m the best in the world…..

Isaac:  True.  She is probably the best mommy in {insert our community}.  Or at least the best mommy on {insert our street name}.

He asked me to buy him skinny jeans.  Orange ones.  And a belt.  I obliged, but then when it was time to get dressed for school, he told me that he couldn’t wear his skinny jeans to school, because when he sits criss cross applesauce, it pulls his underwear down.

Isaac:  Mom, I can’t wait until Christmas, so I can kiss you under the rosemary.


Things are Good August 30, 2013

Filed under: Isaac,Matthew — Elizabeth @ 9:43 AM

Sometimes, when you haven’t blogged in a long time, it’s hard to come back.  Because–where, oh where to begin?  And you get overwhelmed because there is just too much to say.

But then you just decide to sit down and write, and act like it hasn’t been months and months.

So how are you doing?

Things are good here at our house.  Really good.

I don’t know if it’s that the boys are back in school and having such a great time and back on a routine, but they are doing so well.  Not that I’m surprised that Isaac is, but Matthew is doing AMAZINGLY well at school.  I’m so glad we decided to have him repeat kindergarten.  He has so much more confidence this year.  His tears have been very, very minimal at school.  His success so far could be attributed to a lot of things:  maybe we finally hit the sweet spot on his seizure meds (which also help stabilize moods).  Maybe it is the deep pressure vest that we have him wear in the morning or afternoon that is keeping him calmer.  Maybe it is that he is no longer the smallest in his class–the kids aren’t babying/mothering him.  Maybe it is because I sent a letter to the school asking that every single person not fawn over him and to please just treat him casually and like everyone else (even though he his clearly the cutest kid at school 😉 ).  Maybe it’s because his teacher this year is much more structured, therefore her class runs a lot like our home.  I have no idea, but can we all just say


Isaac is….Isaac.  He is happy and joyful and confident and excited about life.  He is bursting with ideas every day–he want to open a toy store, have a dog show, an airplane contest.  He writes books and designs logos and makes art incessantly.  He draws blueprints and plans and asks if he can build things out of metal and wood.  He makes me so proud and completely exhausts me by 8 AM.  He still carries his Silky everywhere.  He says they are married, and that she is also his granddaughter.  He advanced to the next level of karate and he will be testing for his gold belt next month.  He wants us to open a restaurant together and he wants me to make the meals and he will make the desserts (which all revolve around my waffles and strawberry flavored cod liver oil supplements).  He marches to the beat of his own drum, and it is beautiful music to my soul.

Jason finished his masters degree this past spring.  I am so proud of him and it is so nice to have him home every night….not staying late at work studying.

As for me, things are good. Really good.  Frankly, I am on the verge of bursting with joy.  I have some opportunities on the horizon, it seems, but nothing is in stone yet, so I can’t talk much about it.  But you know when things happen and you’re like:

OH, so that’s why I’ve been going through all this, and that’s why I spent all last year doing that, and OH!!  I was made for this.

That’s pretty much where I’m at right now……and I can’t wait to tell you more.


Fly Away, Little Boy January 29, 2013

Filed under: everyday life,I'm a Sap,Isaac — Elizabeth @ 9:01 PM

Tonight we realized that Isaac’s two front teeth are loose.  I know it sounds dramatic, but my heart nearly stopped.  I was at once very excited and completely devastated.

Time, you thief!!  You found us again.

The two front teeth are a big deal.  Once those suckers start coming in, it changes the whole look of your face!  Everything begins to transform and morph.  And I can go ahead and tell you, these aren’t going to be just some dainty little teeth.  Isaac hails from “big teeth” genetics–we’re talking multiple stints with braces, headgear, getting permanent teeth removed to make room in your mouth kinda stuff.  This could be all kinds of crazy.  I’m not ready.  My newborn who became a baby who became a toddler who became a preschooler who became a little boy is now about to be:  a kid.  I don’t remember authorizing this.

But I don’t know why I’m surprised.  The signs are all around me.

His toes are stretching the seams of his footie pajamas–the biggest size I could find at Carters.

The little boy who used to pore over the Thomas catalog and recite the engine names in his high, breathy voice chose a Mario video game manual as his book tonight.  (Don’t worry, mom, he told me, we will only read the part in English.  Not the Spanish and French.)

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Yesterday, on the way to karate he informed me that my van was a rectangular prism.

He’s growing up.  And I would be pretty ticked off about it if I didn’t just absolutely adore the person he is becoming each day.

He is such an incredibly kind and thoughtful person.  I was sick on Saturday and he left me notes all over the house to make me feel better.  This one was stuck inside my makeup drawer:

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He’s creative and sensitive and well-liked at school.  Every day I wake up amazed that I get to be his mom.

So with that, I loosen my grip on this little boy.  Not that I have any choice about it, really.  The more I let go, the more space I give him to amaze me daily…..with his pure Isaac-ness.

He’s growing up.

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Musings on the Easter Bunny November 25, 2012

Filed under: everyday life,Isaac,the holidays,traditions,we so crazy — Elizabeth @ 10:02 AM

Yesterday, my sister and I took our boys to see “Rise of the Guardians”, a kid’s movie that involves the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman.  These fellas are the good guys who protect and love children worldwide and they, with the help of Jack Frost, team up against the Boogeyman, whose goal is to keep the children from believing in these heroes and keep them living in a state of fear.

It was actually a delightful movie–the kids and I all loved it, but I knew that it would bring up some questions.  And sure enough, before the movie was over, Isaac leaned over to me and asked, “Is the Easter bunny really real?”.

Just for some background info here, we are a Santa family.  We do the Easter bunny and the tooth fairy, and the Elf on the Shelf.  We are also a Jesus family.  And while we teach the true meanings and cause for celebration behind the holidays, we also embrace the whimsical/playful sides of the holidays.

**As a side note, I know that Santa can be a “hot topic” for some people.  However you celebrate at your house, I am sure you have put much thought into it, and I am happy for you.  This post is meant only to make you chuckle, not to begin a debate on Jesus vs. Santa.  Cause at my house, we have our cake and eat it too.**

For a little more background, I do not feel comfortable with over-selling the Santa/Easter bunny/tooth fairy stories.  So when the doubts start to creep in, our plan is to let the kids make their own decisions, instead of working tirelessly to convince them of the “realness” of these characters.

So when Isaac asked me about the Easter bunny, I will say that I was disappointed.  Because I didn’t feel comfortable just flat out telling him that, of course the Easter Bunny is real.  So I told him we would talk about it after the movie, and hoped he would forget.

We got into the van and started over to my aunt’s house for a visit, and Isaac announced from the backseat that he had a Very! Important! Question!.

And here’s how it went down:

I need to know if the Easter Bunny is really real.

Well….what do you think?  Do you think he’s real?


Why not?

Because how could a bunny go all over the world and bring Easter eggs?  A real bunny couldn’t do that!

Hmmmm, that would be tricky for a real bunny.  Well then, who do you think brings the eggs?

{Mind you, that during all this, Matthew is arguing loudly that indeed, a real bunny could do that.  A very, very big bunny.}

Well, I think that it’s someone dressed up like a bunny.

Who do you think would get dressed up like a bunny and do all that?

Probably….Santa Claus!

Ah, the faith of a child.  I went on to explain that it did seem doubtful that a real bunny could do all that.  I also told him that I had never seen the Easter Bunny, but that to me it was fun to believe in him, because I liked the idea of him.

Either way, it looks like we have a believer on our hands for at least one more year!

Here’s wishing you a holiday full of excitement, whimsy, reverence and belief.

And especially that Santa remembers to take off his bunny suit before he comes down your chimney!!!


Isaac at 6 November 6, 2012

Filed under: Isaac — Elizabeth @ 9:11 PM

My sweet goose turned 6 last week and I’ve been in a bit of a whirlwind.  But I want to capture some of him here on this blog.  Something to remember him exactly how he is, at this time–a newly minted 6-year old.

Isaac explaining heaven to Matthew:  In heaven, we get presents every day and we don’t even have to go to the grocery store.   We don’t have to get dressed every morning and we can eat candy every day and not get sick.

I made pumpkin cookies and put them in the boys’ lunchbox one morning.  As the boys were packing their backpacks, I told them there was a surprise in their lunchbox.  Isaac’s response?  Oooooh, I hope it’s cucumbers!!!

We were shopping for gifts today for the boys to put in our shoebox for Operation Christmas child.  I allowed each boy to pick 3 items for the shoebox and we had talked about why we were doing this.  I suggested glow bracelets to Isaac, but he said, “I do not want to send this as a gift, because the glow always runs out.  And that will make the precious darling too sad”.

Isaac’s class read a book about a turkey who was scared of Thanksgiving.  So he came home with a serious announcement that we are NOT allowed to eat a turkey this Thanksgiving.  He told me that we had to order a pizza instead.  I thought he was joking, so I started laughing, which caused him to promptly burst into tears.

Isaac was reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” to me one night.  He noticed the dedication at the beginning of the book–“to my sister, Christa”.  He was completely perplexed.  Did she didn’t like it?  So he sent it to me?

We found a dead bird in our backyard and I alerted the boys.  I went to get a shovel to throw the bird into the woods, and came back to find Isaac squatted next to the bird, watching it intently.  When I asked what he was doing, he answered, I’m waiting because I want to watch it go to heaven.

This last one pretty much sums up everything about my sweet boy.  We were cuddling before his bedtime recently and he said to me, “Mama, life is good, isn’t it?”

Yes, life is good.

And you make my life sweeter each and every day.



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As Long as We’re Clear

Filed under: everyday life,huh?,Isaac — Elizabeth @ 12:48 PM

Yesterday, our family went to a local track to ride bikes, scooters, and rollerblade.  We had the whole track to ourselves and it was a beautiful day.

For the first few laps, Isaac was intent on pretending that we were all characters on Mario Kart.  Matthew shuts these imaginary games down pretty quickly by simply ignoring them and refusing to take any part.  Jason was playing basketball.  I try to be a good sport, so for 2 laps, I would respond appropriately when he told me I was slipping on banana peels or that he just got a golden mushroom, etc.

After a while, I told him that I was done racing, that I simply wanted to rollerblade.

Isaac:  okay, but I’m beating you.  I just dropped a banana peel.

Me:  Isaac, seriously, I’m done playing that.  I don’t want to race.

Isaac:  Okay.  We won’t race……we’ll just see who gets to the finish line first.