What a treasure to have a little one that thinks the world would stop without you.
Tariku has a new word "DAAAAAD!"
Tariku loves his dad! He'd rather be in his arms than anywhere else. From the moment he wakes up and get's his milk from Dad to the moment Dad finishes his bedtime story, he wants to be right with him! He wants to walk hand in hand or in his arms. If he's in need of a few minutes of mom time, he wants dad close...close enough to touch! Sometimes, from my arms, he reaches for dad to pull him close.
What a treasure to have a little one that thinks the world would stop without you.
My house is a live parking lot!
Tariku's obsession with cars is hilarious.
I find his cars lined up on the arm of the couch, along the table, and on the entertainment center.
His OOOH's and AHHH's when we walk through a parking lot is just funny.
So, when the car show came to town and Pops has free tickets, we go!
Josh's dad, Pops, and his Uncle Donny have restored a couple of mustangs.
They are pretty cool! Tariku loves to sit in the front seat and pretend to drive.
Pops & Uncle Donny walked us around the show...
I really had no idea what anything was except the pretty colors!
We had a good time at the show. Tariku loved it and Pops loved showing us all around.
I love seeing Tariku connect to family. This was a great time for him and his Pops.
They share a love for cars. I'm so glad Pops could show him around!
For the love of cars...
Today is Tariku's birthday! I'm so happy that he exists. I'm so blessed that God chose me to be his mom. When my little one entered this world, it wasn't as happy as I wish it could have been.
So, today, I remember his family/our family!
To our Ethiopian Family-
Today I remember you.
I remember your many gifts to our family.
I remember two years ago today was one of the hardest days of your life.
I remember you were hurting.
I remember you were strong!
I remember you were braver than I have ever been!
I remember you birthed the most joyous and strong child I know.
I remember you gave our son a name of strength and heritage.
I remember you were there for our son in every moment he needed you.
I remember you showed up in the midst of your greatest pain.
I remember, as I will tell him, you gave him life.
I remember you, as you remember him.
Someday, I pray, on this day, we will all only feel complete healing and joy. I don't feel that this year is that year, but I know our God is gracious and faithful. He will bring healing and peace to us all. I wish you could see our Tariku. You all would be so proud of him! He carries your name so well! God has great things in store for him.
Thursday, Tariku turns two! Can you believe it? I totally cannot. He's the coolest little kid I know!
Saturday, we pulled a few of his friends together for playtime and cake. The theme: Basketball!
Tariku was lookin' so cool in his basketball gear.
For the party, we rented the toddler's room at church, baked some cupcakes, and invited a few friends. The church nursery was the best idea. The kids just played, he opened a few gifts, ate cupcakes, and then we went home!
I was a little concerned about the simple party. There was barely a theme. I saw the basketball napkins at the dollar store and we went with it. When it came down to it, This is what I want Tariku to remember: his family gathered to celebrate how happy we are that he exists! I want him to see pictures of our little family and remember us. I want him to see his dad's hat and think "oh, man! He always wore hats. Look at that beard!" And look at the picture below and say, "Oh my goodness! Dad told stories about how mom forgot to put the eggs in the cake. I don't think I noticed!" You know what I mean?
THIS is my son! Tariku thought Saturday was the coolest day! He almost ate his whole cake. He dug his fork into it and loved all the cheers that came from his reaction. He's such the cutest thing and I'm so pleased that he had a blast with his friends. Thank you to all his friends' parents who drove out after nap time to celebrate with us!
Since becoming parents, we have discovered the best place, the local community center! If you are in Tulsa, the Whiteside Community Center is great. Tariku and I are there at least twice a week for tumbling or play dates. Last Friday night, they hosted the annual Teddy Bear Ball for toddlers! Tariku wasn't quite sure what to think, but he loved the lights, balloons, and endless supply of cheese crackers.
Even though we sat on the bleachers a lot at the dance, it was really fun. I'm never going to be the "pinterest mom." I probably won't plan the super cool parties or have creative activities at home. However, I want to commit to find simple activities (like this) that create great memories for us all. That's why I really love the below Ralph Waldo Emerson quote. Moms, how do you find simple ways to create memories for your family?
Be Silly, Be Honest, Be Kind.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
It's winter and I hate the cold! Tariku does as well. We love being outside in sundresses (just me) and shorts (him). So, staying in all day drives us CRAZY! Last week, I decided we had to get out and be active. So, we signed up tumbling classes and swimming lessons. Saturday, we jumped in the pool and he was a bit terrified!
"I shall call him squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my squishy!"
The Mosebys are writing today over at The918 about our journey of adoption.
Writing about your adoption journey in less than a novel is HARD, but we have tried!
Check it out!
Tariku has a bit of an obsession with books. He spends a big portion of his day picking out books to read. He has a few favorites, Brown Bear Brown Bear and something about a bee chasing a lion. He will pick out a book, lug it through the house, hand it to you, and then motion to get up. He crawls up into your lap, snuggles in, and starts turning pages. It's pretty adorable.
"The more you read the more you know. The more that you learn the more places you'll go."
Well, I just wanted to drop in today to share a few pictures from Tariku's first Christmas home. He had a good time, but didn't quite know what was going on. Why would we take a toy away from him just to shove something else in his arms to unwrap? Here are a few pictures from Christmas.
It was a nice Christmas! Tariku was sufficiently spoiled, as he should be. I'll be back later this week with a recap of 2015 and what we are looking forward to in 2016!
Happy New Year!
A year ago, Josh and I were wrapping up our epic world tour vacation! Check out our hashtag on instagram #mosebyvaca, 4 countries in 20 days. We had been saving up vacation time for our "someday" adoption, but had been told it could be another two years. So, we cashed in our vacation days and headed off to see friends around the world. I literally boarded the plane in tears. The hardship of adoption had become unbearable! I wanted to be a mom. I knew my little one was out in the world suffering and I didn't even know what to pray.
BUT we set off to see friends. It was a great trip and allowed my heart and mind to think of other things. We landed in the middle east first to see some friends. Gosh, it was so amazing. We sat around in their kitchen most days just talking, playing cards, and being together. Just like we'd done several times in the states.
After a few days, we boarded another plane for India! We spent the next week hanging with our doctor friends, dreaming about healing, and working with the HIV community. We talked a lot about the future. With talk of the future, we couldn't avoid thinking about if our adoption would ever happen. Someday...after our adoption, we can dream about India. However, we enjoyed our time. We even were blessed to meet the young lady we sponsor. Isn't she just the most beautiful young lady?
On to the next stop....We packed up the bags and headed to East Asia to surprise our niece and nephews for Christmas! I mean really!!! We had been plotting with my brother to surprise them for months. It was the best. I could hardly wait. I secretly hoped that we would get our adoption call while visiting family. Wouldn't that just be the best timing?! I carried my phone around with me frantically hoping our social worker would call. But she didn't and we had to just enjoy the family.
Thru tears, we said goodbyes and boarded a plane to go back to India. It was the last leg of the trip. This was the rest part. We love Kerala, India. We have found the best retreat there! So, we landed and spent four days on the beach eating good food, taking naps, reading books, praying, and surfing (yes, we learned to surf). Talk about refreshing...Can I go back, please!!!
It was a nice time, but we packed up to leave for home. We were set to land in the states on Christmas Eve. On the 23rd of December, I woke up for a little exercise before we started the long journey home. I hopped on the treadmill, opened the window to overlook the beach, and opened my email. There it was! An email that said "CALL ME!" It was from our social worker. I jumped off the treadmill, started running to the room, trying to call her...darn phone wasn't working well! As I went to open the door, Josh was running out. She'd left him a voicemail saying "CALL ME!" So, we did. "Hey, Jenn. Got your email. What's up?" She tried the small talk, but we knew something was up. She finally got to the point-"Hey, we can't do anything official right now, but we have a son for you!! I'll send you his file." AHHHHHHHHH! This was happening. Oh my dear stars, I had to text my best friend, Laura. We came up with a game plan, because we didn't have long before our plane. Get ready, pack bags, and meet on the beach to open his file. So, that's what we did. I remember running down the resort stairs and finally getting to Josh on the beach. We sat there, opened Tariku's file and saw the sweetest little boy. Look at those lil fingers!!
I was so thankful to be on the peaceful beach, rested, and out of cell phone reach. Reading your child's story for the first time, no matter the story, is overwhelming. I needed lack of communication with family and friends to be able to sit and mourn for my son...and rejoice for this glorious day! Here we are having just opened his file and then we did actually call my brother's family in East Asia. (had to tell someone)
So, we hopped on a plane with the best Christmas present for our families! Oh my gosh! What fun timing.
I really cannot believe this was a year ago and my SON is sleeping in the other room RIGHT NOW!! GUYS, it was a great, but such a difficult year. The sorrow of adoption only intensified as we worked to bring Tariku home. You know what though? The joy has intensified as well!
SOOO, this is my ultimate Throwback and it's not even Thursday yet! Pretty cool, huh!
Josh & Kara
~Ralph Waldo Emerson