Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Same Couch... but now there are five instead of three

I've posted before about our dear friends the Uhrigs. One of the things that make these friends so extra special to us is that we became fast friends in 2002 (when Braydon and I had recently relocated to New Jersey from Boston), and then -- by total sheer coincidence (or, as we ponder it, perhaps by no coincidence at all?) -- we both began adoptions at the exact same time (January 2004). Ben, Kyle and Owen are six months apart and came home within six months of each other in 2005. Just a couple of weeks ago we were on the edge of our seats as Stacey traveled to South Korea to bring home Ben's new baby brother, Tae. We are privileged to have made some close adoptive-family-friends along our journey, and I've just got to say that every child that comes home feels profound for us each and every time. It brings to the surface so many thoughts and emotions -- many of which are still raw, and all of which run deep. These pictures were taken on the Uhrigs' couch; the top one is from a few days ago, the bottom one is from New Year's Eve 2006 (the boys were all 2 year olds). Welcome home Tae!


Haitian-American Family of Three said...

Welcome home! Looks like you have a great group of new friends and a wonderful big brother.
Congratulations to the happy family.

Stacey said...

love seeing how families grow. we do pictures with our friends (another 2 mom family) every year for the past 3 years now. we went from 2 kids the first year to 4 kids (each of us had another) the 3rd year. it's so amazing to look back and think of how we've all grown.

beautiful kids!!