Monday, May 31, 2010

7 lbs of Sugar

for your 7th Birthday

Sounds like a SWEET birthday to me

Sunday, May 30, 2010

If you think this is bad...

...you should see the other guy!

JUST KIDDING!!!!

There is NO "other guy"


Ethan just had a little run in with a friends pet. Both puppy and Ethan are ok and will remain friends. Only now, they both know to respect each others space.

Friday, May 28, 2010

First Mate


Happy 7th Birthday Madison

Tonight we started the week long celebration of Ms. Madison's 7th birthday.

So we enjoyed some delicious Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownies and some fabulous time with family and friends.

This of course is just the beginning of all that is in store for our precious one.




Tuesday, May 25, 2010

I NEED a bigger bed...


Please note both Brian and Molly are missing from this picture....

Monday, May 24, 2010

Worth the wait...

Ethan waited for Jake for 3 1/2 years...Jake waited for Ethan for 3o minutes.
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Both agree the other is worth the wait!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

1, 2, 3, SWIM

Jake has been a "Garcia" for 4 days and look at him SWIM!

I couldn't be a prouder momma!!!

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My Miracle Baby

It is with overwhelming joy that I introduce to you….our Jacob!

Many of you know that our boy Ethan has prayed without ceasing for a baby brother since August of 2006. Long after Brian and I gave up on the possibility of adding to our family – Ethan kept praying.

Just recently he began praying specifically that his baby brother would come from Russia. Sadly, the relationship between Russia and the U.S. has been compromised over the years and even more so when the little boy in TN was returned to Russia by the women who adopted him.

Brian did his best to explain to Ethan that shy of a miracle his little brother would not be coming from Russia – if he was even to have a little brother.

So….Ethan prayed for a miracle! He prayed and asked God for a brother from Russia.

Just a few short weeks later I received an email from a long time friend. She had heard of a little boy who was adopted from Russia in November of 2009.

His former family had 2 biological children and felt lead to adopt from Russia. They went through the long process and even traveled to Russia 3 times.

While in Russia they did not feel like they were to be his parents. They didn’t quite “get it” but they knew they were to complete the process and bring him home.

Several weeks after coming home from Russia with him they realized they were not bonding with him as they had with their biological children. They were kind to him. They nurtured and took care of him but they knew they were not his forever family and so they begin seeking placement for him.

I have to pause for a moment and give thanks to my dear friend Nicole who saw the email about this little guy and forwarded it on to me. Nicole THANK YOU from the very bottom of my heart. Words will never express our sincere gratitude to you!!

As a result of that email we contacted the family. We exchanged emails, photos and agreed to meet. They were just an hour North and so we made regular trips to get to know him and for him to get to know us.

I can honestly say that within the first 5 minutes we knew, that we knew, he was a GARCIA! Just look at him!

And they knew too! They knew that for a reason none of us could explain they were called to travel half way around the world ~collect our son~ and deliver him to us.

This story is nothing short of a miracle. And no words or amount of details will give God the Glory He so deserves…all I can say is that the Lord has shown our family incredible favor and once again has blessed us beyond what we could have ever hoped, dreamed or imagined.

Jake is an amazing kid, a terrific little brother and the most perfect completion of our family.

Please join us in welcoming him into the Growing Garcia’s.

Blessed Beyond Measure,
Brian, Jennifer, Sadie, Ethan, Madison and JACOB


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Gotcha Day!


Today my world ~as I knew it~ changed forever. Jacob Thomas came home to forever be a Garcia.

Jake's story (which will be shared in time) is nothing short of a miracle. No words or amount of details will give God the Glory He so deserves…all I can say is that the Lord has shown our family incredible favor and once again has blessed us beyond all that we could have ever hoped, dreamed or imagined.

Jake is an amazing kid, a terrific little brother and the most perfect completion of our family.

Please join us in welcoming him into the Growing Garcia’s.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

From one Blessed Momma....




Saturday, May 8, 2010

How Our Garcia's Grow

With kissy lips and great friendships,
And pretty kids all in a row.


Happy Mother's Day to just some of the moms who help the Garcia's grow.

Friday, May 7, 2010

16 years later, and...

You're still THE ONE...