A few weeks ago, Michael brought home some boxes from school, and made Harrison and incredible fort! He played in it and love it a ton, but I needed my living room back, and the day came to take it down! Harrison LOVED helping destroy all of Daddy’s hard work, and his shouts of glee could be heard from inside the fort, followed by ripping cardboard and packing tape! After pulling and ripping, the demolition moved more toward jumping in, off, on, and through the boxes. Yes, it was a cardboard paper cut waiting to happen, but Harrison was in his joy. All of the sudden, Harrison stood up on one the the boxes and started reading us a book, it was so adorable that Michael ran to get the camera and caught it on video! We have had such a fun few weeks…and it all started with a box!
One of Harrison’s favorite things to do is go to a farm! He loves the animals and picking pumpkins! So this year, we made the long trek out to Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek AZ! (I think most of my PA friends would CRACK up if they knew I drove 45 minutes to see a farm, since for most of my life I lived in front of one!). We had a wonderful day, and came home dirty and smelling just as we should (not good)! Here’s some photos of our fun day…
Although Harrison’s birthday is a great day, and I have lots of good, then bad, then good memories of that day, his Gotcha Day is the day I finally was able to breath! June 6th will always bring a feeling of ease and calm at the end of “the perfect storm”! Harrison’s Gotcha Day is they day we truly became a family, and so in that same spirit we celebrate with family!
Both sets of his Grandparents (Grayma and Graydaddy, and Grammy and Poppy) bought Harrison a big boy bed! It is on back order, but we can’t wait to get it! And I’ll be sure to post pictures of him in a twin bed (isn’t he too small for that?)!!
Wow, it’s been two years – two very happy, busy, fun, emotional, exciting, tiring, but-worth-every-bit-of-it years! Harrison is such a blessing to us – and I’m sure every parent feels lucky to have their children, but I feel such an appreciation to God for the way in which he gave me my son! My journey to Harrison was a five-year-long marathon. God slowly molded me and, at times, painfully chipped away the unwanted pieces of my life that only my Designer would know should not be there. He carefully created in me a heart that was fully submissive to His will, and then reached down from Heaven to save my son (TWICE) from the abortion clinic…he saved the precious baby, but he wasn’t finished. God designed Harrison to be a Gray, from his conception God knew where this child was to be placed! Although Harrison’s adoption was not smooth sailing, God protected him, and gave Harrison’s birth-mother a wisdom and peace that passes all understanding!
As I’m sure you can tell, this week brings back a tsunami of emotions in me that are so real! But, in true “Heidi” fashion, regardless of emotion we PARTY when it comes to birthdays! So here are the pictures of our time at the Splash Pad!
Friends and Family at the Party!
CAKE!! – No birthday party is complete without it!
I have to end by saying Thank You! Thank you for your prayers two years ago, I am even more appreciative of them today than ever before, and I will never forget that it was your prayers that bombarded heaven on my behalf! What a humbling thought! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you also for being a part of my son’s life, although I gag a little saying “It takes a Village”, it definitely takes a group of Godly people to come along-side a child to teach him to grow into a Godly man, and it is you who are doing that for Him – again, I’m humbled! I’m so thankful for each one of you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRISON!
The parting is not over – we’ve still got “Gotcha Day” so keep checking back for more party updates!! Whoo hoo!
Today was Harrison’s first swim lesson this season (his Christmas gift from Aunt Erin and Uncle Jared, Thank you!). He “graduated” from having me in the pool with him, to being alone with his teacher [enter 'gasp' here]! He did not want me to leave him at first, but after he remembered how fun swimming was, he loved it (as evidenced by the huge smile on his face)! Here are some pics!
I’m finally blogging again! I know it’s been ages! My camera broke, and I’m not a desriptive enough writer to do justice to any of the crazy antics my son is up to. But the good news is, I now have a camera that works, and here is my “catching up” blog! Enjoy the pics! It’s a hodge podge of all kinds of good stuff!
Some silly daddy time!
Just some random pictures of our cutie!
Easter Egg Hunt
Christmas is always one of my favorite times of year, and this year was just as great! It was, however, a little more hectic with every person in my family (except my dad) getting the stomach flu sometime during the Christmas week! We each had our 24 hour bout and bounced back, but the holiday appetites were all a little smaller around our family table! Poor Harrison had the longest stretch of the virus…but it looks like he is over it now and back to his active self again!
Santa Claus went a little overboard this year when he brought toys for Harrison! He must have been on the very, very nice list!! The following are some pictures of our Christmas, and a short video we made for Dixie as a small Christmas gift!