Friday, February 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Luke!

Today I'm so very grateful that we are spending THIS birthday with our Luke. 

Happy 3rd Birthday Luke!
 I remember so well how it felt last year knowing he was having his 2nd birthday without us and watching it from afar.  We were very thankful, however, to see his foster family making his day special!  They (and the orphanage) made sure we received pictures from the special day.  We could tell from the pictures how well loved he was, and just how doting the foster parents (and foster sister) were with Luke.  At that time, I wasn't really comfortable sharing their picture, but I think it's time and I really wanted you to see the faces of this sweet family!  My heart swells with gratitude to them!

And now that we have him home, we definitely know that he was loved.  He has been able to love us with his whole heart and tells us he loves each one of us daily....many times!   It's also very obvious that his foster family spent time with him, and teaching him because he's very smart and catches on to anything and everything very quickly.

Our Little Emperor  :)
So this year, I am finding myself grieving for the foster family, because our gain, was their loss.  And I know they will be thinking of him and missing him today.  We definitely plan to make sure they get pictures of him this birthday.  I want them to see what a wonderful job they've done and how much he's loved and adored here, and just how well adjusted our little guy is.

I adore that face!

Today I rejoice and thank the Lord for blessing us with this precious little boy that was so worth the wait and I ask Him to bless the family that loved him first in a mighty way.

He's very serious with his play (or work as he calls it)!

To celebrate, Jason took the day off, and Joy has the day off from school, and we are spending the day with Luke and having a small family party for him here at home tonight.  We don't feel he's really ready for more than that right now.  More than that would be just too much and I think making his day special with family (and low key) will be the right decision for him this year.  I have a feeling next year, he'll be ready for a bigger party.  But for now, we're keeping it simple.

He still loves his footy's hard to keep him in regular clothes because the boy loves his pjs!

As promised with Joy's pics, I will be back and share Luke's birthday photos as well. 

Happy Birthday, Luke!  We love you so very the moon and back!

~ Mama, Daddy, Joy & Colt ~


Kindra-At Home With K said...

Happy Birthday Luke! Enjoy your sweet day with lots of love, presents and or course cake. :)

Grammee Linda - Behind My Red Door said...

I remember well last years birthday and I so happy for you all that he is with you this year! How thoughtful you are to be so considerate of his foster family.

Happy Birthday Luke - have lots of fun and eats lots of good stuff!! HUGS!!

Anne said...

HappyBirthday Luke...what a cutie!! I do also remember his b-day last year. What a blessing to see him at home doing so well with you. Happy 3rd birthday!!!

Wendi said...

What a treasure the picture of Luke with his foster family is!! I love that little guys smile. It always looks like he is a second away from trouble or breaking out into a belly laugh. Happy Birthday, Luke!

Sheila said...

Tammy, I too remember you sharing your thoughts on his birthday last year. He is such a handsome little Prince! I could kiss his little cheeks all day!!!!
I'm sure you all will have a wonderful day celebrating his birthday, and low-key is probably just fine for him. What a wonderful family you have.
Blessings to you all!

Karen/My Colonial Home said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DARLING you know what a special boy you are to have TWO OF EVERYONE LOVING YOU!
2 mommies, 2 daddies, 2 sisters and 2 fortunate and blessed are you young man.
And what a wonderful loving family you came into.

Big hugs, Karen

Dan said...

Happy Birthday Luke! You are a blessed little boy and your family is blessed to have you too!


Carmen C. said...

Awwww, he just gets cuter all the time Tammy, LOVE that awesome costume, and hope you all enjoy this very special day....HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Luke!!!

Sharon said...

Happy Birthday to Luke.
I remember reading your post about his 2nd birthday. God has blessed you all. He is such a cutie.
I think a small party for him is a good idea.
I think you are so sweet to think about his foster family also on this day.
Hugs to all.

SANDI said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LUKE!! Have a wonderful day!! Hope you have lots of fun celebrating your Birthday...

Mandy @ Creekside Creations said...

Gosh, it doesn't seem like it has been a year since you celebrated Luke's last birthday without him. I remember the post about sending the package to him!

I'm so happy for ya'll and Happy Birthday to Luke!

Lynn said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Luke! Tammy, I'm so glad that Luke is home to be with you all today for his birthday! I also remember Luke on his last years birthday.. It was wonderful that his foster family shared a few of his birthday pictures. I'm sure his foster family feels a huge void today, but they know in their hearts that Luke is now living with such a wonderful caring and loving family, and that means ever so much!

He's such a handsome little prince Tammy!

Have a wonderful day today with the celebration of Luke's birthday!


Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Happy Birthday Luke..what a handsome sweet little boy he is turning out to can tell by the photos that he is one happy kid..enjoy the day,;)

Michelle said...

Best Birthday wishes, Luke!!! Enjoy your day with your family!!

Mikki said...

Awe, he's so cute. I hope Luke has a very happy birthday. Happy Birthday Luke. :D

(I'm Marcia's daughter)

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Melissa said...

Sofie says "Happy Birthday to you...I miss you". ??? :)

I can't believe a year has already gone by since you received those bday pics! Luke has grown so much...he is such a beautiful child!

Birthday hugs from Sofie & I! Hope he has a special day!

Patti said...

Happy Birthday Luke! You are so blessed to have such a great family. Just as much as they are blessed to have you in their lives.
Tammy~ He is so adorable.

Jan said...

Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday Luke!!! Wishing you the very best on your special day and always!!!

terrypi said...

Happy Birthday Luke! He is just thriving in your home with his new family. He looks adorable.

Tracey said...

Happy Birthday little Luke...what a cutie pie! We too have that same mongolian hat and Zak loves to wear it!! We are so blessed to have these wonderful children in our lives.

Susannah said...

Happy Birthday Mr. Luke! Have lots of fun today. Footie pajamas are the best for boys your age!


Annie said...

Happy Birthday sweet Luke!!!1

Linda ★ Parker's Paradise said...

Happy Birthday, Little Man!
He does have the sweetest face. I look forward to many more birthday pictures.......

Kathleen said...

Tammy, I've just begun today to read your blog. I've just got to tell you that Luke is a gorgeous little boy...and he looks so happy and well adjusted. God bless you all for giving him a loving home...and for keeping those who cared for him earlier in his life.

Tanya said...

What blessings time brings! I remember discovering your blog and you were in the midst of obtaining your treasure from God. What a year can bring! How special for your family to have him physically in your arms now. Your tender heart for the foster family is so kind. They will appreciate it so much!
Happy Birthday little Luke! I know your family time will be so special together!
My Haley turned 20 on the I'll be able to remember Luke's day now!

Marie said...

Happy Birthday Luke! I know you had a wonderful birthday. Our daughters birthday was the same day as yours. She is a mother now with 3 children.

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday to sweet Luke! What a nice tribute to his foster family. It's nice to hear about good people in this world!

Wendy/TheCozyYellowHouse said...

I can't believe I missed this one....Happy Birthday Luke!!:0) I pray he had a wonderful day!! What a little sweetheart he is!!...Bless you all!!