08 July 2011

five.

'tis a strange and wondrous thing, how you're up and turning five and we're only beginning to know you. i could weep for the years i've missed were it not for the lifetime stretched before us, shimmering far off and hopeful.








here's a bit of what we're starting to know:

you thrill at the sound of the bob the builder theme song. you love baths with tub toys, crispix cereal, brushing teeth.

you must hold hands when walking, even from one room of the house to another. you sit leaned-up against your brothers, leaving four feet of empty couch on the other side of you.

your favorite english word: cake.

you take great joy in terrorizing the neighborhood cats, yelling dimet and meowing at them at the top of your lungs. word has spread, and they now flee at the sight of you.

you sleep like a rock star. (or maybe not a rock star, exactly, as i'm guessing those folks are chronically low on z's. like a librarian, then.)

you like to call your siblings banana and cookie, then cackle on the floor like an upended turtle.

you loathe exercise in any shape or color.

you continue to chatter happily to me in amharic, persisting in the belief that one of these days i'll catch on.

you have a lone, deep dimple on your left cheek that shows up when you talk.

you sneeze cuter than anyone i know.

you love to click mouses, press remote buttons, turn dishwasher dials, and increase the volume on anything that emits noise.

you smile big and easy.

you are loved.






happy fifth, little m. so glad you're home.

43 comments:

Michele said...

Betcha you're still pinching yourself. Happy birthday to the little cutie. He's going to keep you busy and laughing!

kendal said...

i.just.love.this.story.

Rob said...

Simply awesome, Nic.

Praying for you this week...and that your man comes home safe so all 70 piggies are together.

Jessica Klick said...

Happy Birthday little man!!! love this!!

Brandee Shafer said...

Happy Birthday, Little One, and I would say: "May God bless you, richly, in your fifth year of life," except it's already a given. Just look where you've landed!

Katie Stratton said...

what a joy!
happy 5th little man!
<3

lauren said...

i am brand new to your journey.. but your pictutes and sentiments lassoed my heart and roped me in. i can't help staring into those chocolate eyes and seeing the possibility begin to blossom... are there eyes looking for my heart out there somewhere?? oh goodness.. His plans amaze me. bigger and truer than each plan before. thank you for bringing us on the journey with you. :)

Elijah said...

Happy 5th Birthday. Hope it is a wonderful day for you all. I'll be praying for strength this week for you, and the ability to beat jet lagged stints at 3am :)

Danielle said...

Such a cutie! My girls slept like librarians too when they came home from Ethiopia! They still do almost two years later!

happygirl said...

LOVE that you are building the relationship with your new son. He is gorgeous and sounds so cute. :)

Naomi said...

Aww, happy 5th to your cute little M!

Brooke said...

Happy Birthday to your little Fella. He is darling and those eyes just sparkle!

lulu and family said...

touched. prcious. happy day!

Amy Whitt said...

Happy Birthday little M! What a blessing your life is!

Jenn said...

HAPPY HAPPY DAY sweet M! You are quite possibly the cutest five year old in the history of five year olds. And you have already clearly captured the heart of your big sister...and likely droves of others. I hope they give you lots of EXTRA CAKE today (and for a good time to come)...WELCOME HOME FOREVER!

{jaclyn} said...

ohhh this makes my heart fall to pieces. how beautiful! what a wonderful new life he has begun!

Sami Jo said...

He's precious! Thanks so much for sharing this one with all of us!

The cats! Hysterical!

Hugs, Sami Jo

Joybird said...

Happy seems so small to cover this, Glorious-Marvelous-Amazing-Wonderous-Fabulous-Miraculous-Finally Welcome Home-You Are So Loved-Birthday lil' M.

CurlyGirlD said...

Happy 5th birthday to your sweet, amazing, charmed-the-socks-off-of-me-already son! He's so precious he brought me to tears. Nic, you are so blessed!

Mindy said...

Congratulations on the multiplying of your love and toes! I love the poetic way you write.

hannah singer said...

happy happy day!
little m is a treat, i can tell.

praise jesus.
xo

Carin said...

Love this!! I just smile at the pics and reading about him! I miss you and hope all is going great! I would love to connect more, but find myself exhausted and just staying afloat right now! Love you, Carin

Folly said...

Happy Birthday, M!
Wow, the brother and sister photos are wonderful! The connection is already there. :-)
I love your list of the things you know already. Such a wonderful list already, and sure to get a whole lot bigger.
Michelle
xxx

Fledgling said...

What kendal said.

Congratulations, dearest Nic and family! I think those were just the ten most perfect piggies for your family (with a dimple to boot? Melt...). Congratulations, little one, please know that you will always be loved.

You, Nic and Owenses, are superheroes, with strength of heart, character and faith to knock down walls of aloneness and hardships with multiple airplane bounds, mounds of paperwork, monetary sacrifice and investment of mind, body and spirit, making room on the couch, tripping over more shoes in the hallway, another team uniform to find in time, yet more homework to check, repeated (repeated and repeated) reading of the favorite nighttime book, mystery fevers occurring, yes, on a Friday evening, when doctor's office is closed until Monday so off to the ER you go, impossible school play costumes to create (a french fry? really?), intricate play group politics to navigate (bunko? really?), exposures we never imagined ("Deadliest Warriors"? But "History Channel" nothing, young man! That's pretty darn gruesome), who-gets-to-sit-next-to-the-window arbitration, having enough tooth fairy cash on hand in an otherwise electronic-card-based monetary exchange system....And there's more to it even, if I recall. Superman got to take off his tights and rest a bit after each bout of superheroing: Not you, dear friend. Such an immense opening of your heart renders me speechless (or not...looking at what I can write...). Just know, Nic, you are part of a larger community and if you need to reach out, I'll be there for you and I'm sure many other will be as well.

Much love to you all,
Nancy

Heather said...

Precious, gorgeous, riveting, beautiful. What God has done in him and you and is continuing to do... nothing short of amazing.

patty said...

gosh-just pulls the tears right outa my heart. sweet happy birthday, beautiful! :)

Farmgirl Paints said...

Oh nic I loved reading about all the little special quirks of your new boy. He sounds so spirited and joyful. I feel like I know him now:)

Annette said...

he has the sweetest smile ever. I can't help but smile back. happy birthday little m!

Anonymous said...

So great to see Matteo! I think about him often and think of what a perfect fit he is for you! You are so lucky to have this bright light of a person to add to what looks like an amazing family already.

Holly O'Brien

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Happy, Happy Birthday M!!!

The pictures with his sister just set my heart all a flutter! :o)

Still keeping you all in my prayers! :o)

Jorth! said...

Happy birthday lovely lad. And I'm with you on 'cake' being the best world, closely followed by 'donut'!

Laura said...

How wonderful! The joy is shining brightly in those little eyes. You are all so lucky to have each other.

Captain Murdock said...

Absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy to see him home.

Happy 5th birthday little man.

Captain Murdock said...

Absolutely beautiful. I'm so happy to see him home.

Happy 5th birthday little man.

TheUnSoccerMom said...

Happy, Happy Birthday M!!!

The pictures with his sister just set my heart all a flutter! :o)

Still keeping you all in my prayers! :o)

Fledgling said...

What kendal said.

Congratulations, dearest Nic and family! I think those were just the ten most perfect piggies for your family (with a dimple to boot? Melt...). Congratulations, little one, please know that you will always be loved.

You, Nic and Owenses, are superheroes, with strength of heart, character and faith to knock down walls of aloneness and hardships with multiple airplane bounds, mounds of paperwork, monetary sacrifice and investment of mind, body and spirit, making room on the couch, tripping over more shoes in the hallway, another team uniform to find in time, yet more homework to check, repeated (repeated and repeated) reading of the favorite nighttime book, mystery fevers occurring, yes, on a Friday evening, when doctor's office is closed until Monday so off to the ER you go, impossible school play costumes to create (a french fry? really?), intricate play group politics to navigate (bunko? really?), exposures we never imagined ("Deadliest Warriors"? But "History Channel" nothing, young man! That's pretty darn gruesome), who-gets-to-sit-next-to-the-window arbitration, having enough tooth fairy cash on hand in an otherwise electronic-card-based monetary exchange system....And there's more to it even, if I recall. Superman got to take off his tights and rest a bit after each bout of superheroing: Not you, dear friend. Such an immense opening of your heart renders me speechless (or not...looking at what I can write...). Just know, Nic, you are part of a larger community and if you need to reach out, I'll be there for you and I'm sure many other will be as well.

Much love to you all,
Nancy

{jaclyn} said...

ohhh this makes my heart fall to pieces. how beautiful! what a wonderful new life he has begun!

lulu and family said...

touched. prcious. happy day!

lauren said...

i am brand new to your journey.. but your pictutes and sentiments lassoed my heart and roped me in. i can't help staring into those chocolate eyes and seeing the possibility begin to blossom... are there eyes looking for my heart out there somewhere?? oh goodness.. His plans amaze me. bigger and truer than each plan before. thank you for bringing us on the journey with you. :)

Michele said...

Betcha you're still pinching yourself. Happy birthday to the little cutie. He's going to keep you busy and laughing!

Southern Gal said...

Such a sweet, sweet post.

Lisa said...

Fantastic!

Carly @ Mason's Roost said...

this is beautiful. both of these children are beautiful.