Thursday, February 25, 2010

Today is Luke's 2nd Birthday!

Today, I have very mixed emotions. I'm very happy to know that Luke is safe and sound and happy in China, but also sad that we aren't there (or he isn't here) to spend this day with him......his 2nd birthday! I wish I could hold him, hug him, kiss him, and wish him a happy birthday. I remember very well Colt and Joy's 2nd birthdays. In a way, it doesn't seem like that long ago! And oh how I love the age of two! :) The kids are like little sponges and everyday is an adventure!

We arranged to send a cake to Luke through Ann of Red Thread China and we've sent a care package through her as well that included these things:

That's a shirt/jean outfit with guitars on the shirt and a tractor for Luke, a can of cashews for the foster family, and a disposable camera so they can take more pictures of Luke to fill the gap of times we're missing!

I can just picture him playing with this tractor. It makes the coolest sounds!

Believe me, there's lots of stuff that I see (or we see) that we'd love to send his way, but you can only fit so much in these little flat rate boxes (and even those are expensive to send to China). This will go to Ann and she will make sure he gets his package as well as his cake and is translating a letter to him and his foster family. I'm very thankful to have this third party connection (which is the only way allowed during the adoption process as well). Ann has been wonderful!

Ann is also going to ask for pictures from his birthday party and oh how I hope and pray that she gets them! I guarantee you that if I open my inbox and find birthday party pictures of Luke in the days ahead, you just might hear me squeal where ever you are! I will be one happy mama!

I'm very thankful for Luke having a foster family to take care of him and love him during this time and I know they will shower him with hugs and kisses too. We've come to accept the things we cannot change and know that everything is in God's hands and that He is looking after Luke! Maybe you could just pray with us God's birthday blessings over Luke in everyway for his life now and for the future. We'd appreciate it so much!

So to Luke......although you haven't met us yet, we already love you so much and wish we could be with you on this day....your 2nd birthday.....Happy Birthday! :)


Tiffany said...

Oh, Tammy. This made me tear up. I cannot even imagine. I am praying for you today and for Luke and that next year on his third birthday you will all be together celebrating in a BIG way!!

Yankee Ridge Primitives said...

Awww, Happy Birthday Luke!
Tears reading this Tammy, SOON you will be able to hug and kiss this precious little guy! LOVE the outfit!!!

carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

Awwwww! Happy Birthday Luke! Just think, next year he will have his birthday at home with all of you!
I'm sure he will love his cake and tracker and new outfit. I'm so happy that there is a third party to help you reach out to him.
He'll be home sooner than you think. Just wait and see!

Debbie said...

Oh, the waiting! He's so blessed to have such a wonderful family awaiting his arrival here. I pray everything goes quickly and you will soon have him with you!

Football & Fried Rice said...

Hey! He will see his third birthday with his new and forever family! You have been matched and God watches over Luke, as well as you ALL waiting for him. Think of all the wonderful things you will be doing with him, things you will be able to show him for the first time. It is going to be amazing. I guess, I'm saying--don't think about what you are missing but look ahead to what will be. You will have a wonderful life with Luke.
Linda form Parker's Paradise
reporting in from Sara's

Wendi said...

My birthday wish is that soon you will be held in your forever Mama's arms. Happy Birthday, Luke!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday to Luke.
Prayers that things will move a long quickly for you.
I hope that you get some great photos of his birthday.
What a darling outfit you picked.
That tractor is so cute he will enjoy it.
Yes, GOD is watching over you and Luke and he will have him in your loving family soon.

Lynne said...

Tammy-although Luke is not with you for this Birthday,you are all "with" him today and just think-you'll have so many more with him when he comes home.Have a great day.

At Home With Amy said...

Just think of how special it will be when you get to celebrate his next birthday with him!! I bet he is going to love all his goodies you sent to him.
Tell me something. Does Luke speak English or only Chinese? You said things had to be translated. Just me being curious.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Luke! Its wonderful Tammy that you have that third-party to go through. I pray that pictures are fast coming for you! *hugs*

Today is my son's birthday too! He's just a little older than Luke... Jared is 26... I still remember that 2 year old though. :)

Take Care,


Carmen C. said...

Tammy~ I so wish the wait was over for you and for Luke too, prayers are always coming from my heart for all of you and I can't wait to see your post on his next birthday!!!!

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday Luke!!!

This year will bring him lots of changes, surprises and love! Wishing you all the best, and I hope yuo will have him in your arms very soon!!! Praying!

Audrey said...

What a beautiful little birthday boy!!! My prayers are with him as well as all the people in his life.What a wonderful gift awaits for him, your loving home. I am sure it must be hard to not be able to hold him today but I pray the time until he is with you will go by quickly.
God bless you all.

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

Happy Birthday, Luke!

Two certainly is an irresistible age, Tammy. I hope you'll get to enjoy that little sweetie in person SOON.

Praying for you all ...

terrypi said...

Oh, I can't wait for Luke to come home. I don't even know you guys, but I am so happy for you. He is a very lucky little boy to have such a great family waiting for him. Happy birthday Luke.

Nancy M. said...

I know he'll love that tractor! Happy Birthday Luke!!!

Julie said...

Oh, Tammy!

Y'all will be together for his 3rd birthday and it will be all the sweeter.
I'm sorry that he couldn't be with you, now, though. He looks like such a sweetheart.

That's so thoughtful of you to include the cashews for the foster family.

Many Blessings,

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Happy Birthday to your precious Luke!

Donna~One Simple Country Girl said...

Happy Birthday Luke! Tammy, the patience you are forced to have while waiting to hold your precious baby in your arms is amazing! I know he can feel your love even though he's so far away! Many birthday prayers for Luke and many prayers that this waiting time flies by are being sent up for you guys by me! Just imagine how wonderful his 3rd birthday party will be when he is here celebrating with his forever family!!! What a happy day that will be!

Lilly's Family said...

Happy 2nd birthday, Luke! Having just celebrated Hudson's birthday while he is waiting in China, I know just the emotions you felt today. I pray we can travel together so I can meet your precious baby!

Lynn said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Luke! Soon you will be able to have Luke in your arms! The outfit you got for him is really darling and I'm sure he's really going to love his new toy tractor!


arkie said...

If love can travel through a package, I'm sure it would be in Luke's special birthday package! I pray time will fly until he is home with his new family!

Sharing Life and Love said...

Happy Birthday Beautiful Boy!

Jan said...

Happy 2nd Birthday, Sweet Baby Luke!! May you celebrate home with your family real soon!!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

Happy Birthday to sweet little Luke. If you get photos, be sure and post them. I'll be praying.

Joy ~ Doodlebug ~ said...


I wish I could be there for Luke, or even better have him here with us!

I love you! 8!

Love, Joy :)

Janean said...

tammy, awwwwwwwww... happy birthday little luke! what a cutie pie.

Anonymous said...

Your post caught my eye, and I had to read about Luke's Birthday. My sister is presently in Shanghai - has been there for almost 5 years (on work assignment with her hub) - it just so happened that they had ALREADY started adoption proceedings for a baby daughter, from China, when they got word of the transfer... Anyway, they received their blessed daughter about a year after they got there, and Jenna is now almost 4. God bless you and your family on your journey!

Willow said...

Tammy sweetie this brought tears to my eyes as I could feel the love in your words ! Luke is such a lucky lil guy to have you and your family as his forever family.
I pray each night that the wait is over for you all soon ! And just think by his next B~Day he'll be here celebrating it with you all and we'll be able to share in the joy with you =0) Hope they get pics to you soon !!!!
Prim Hugggs n Many Blessins to you

The Griffin Family said...

Hi Tammy,

My daughter is in China and her birthday is today (Feb 26), so I know exactly how you feel!

Happy Birthday to your little Luke, and I'll keep you all in my prayers. Here's to you going to China soon to get your little boy!:)


Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet little boy!! I know he will enjoy all his goodies! I can't wait for the day that he is in your home and your lives forever. I hope time flies in the next few months.

Shelley said...

Luke is just beautiful and precious! This just melts my heart! Sending blessings and a very happy birthday to that sweet boy! HOpe you get to hold him in your arms real soon!!!

Elle Bee said...

Tammy, this makes me misty eyed! I can't imagine how hard it must be to not be able to be with Luke on his birthday. Or any other day for that matter. But all in good time! Soon you'll be smothering him in hugs and kisses! I love seeing the photo of him--he's such a precious, handsome boy. I love all the gifts you sent him--he will love them! And most importantly, feel your love through them.

jennifer said...

Luke is so adorable! Hope you're there with him soon!