Friday, June 19, 2009

What a difference one year can make...

A year ago today we brought our little boy home from Kazakhstan (KZ). I can't believe it's been one year and I can't believe I said little. Griffin is now far from Kazakhstan and far from little. In 12 months time he has grown 4" and gained 12 pounds. He worn 6-9 month sized clothes last June and now he wears size 3T. Shoe size went from size 4 to size 8. It is amazing how much he's changed.

I can remember our time in KZ so vividly, yet can't remember a time without Griffin in the family. In one short year he has won the hearts of each of us. His older brother Connor loves to tell him what to do (or more importantly what not to do.) From Connor we hear a lot of ..."Don't go in my room, don't touch my ipod, don't stand in front of the TV". Yet it's touching to watch Connor pour Griffin's milk or push him on the swings. And Lana, she is the best big sister in the world. I don't know what she would do without Griffin and he without her. They play together daily: endless amounts of running, jumping, chasing and laughing. From Lana we hear a lot of... "Hey Griff watch this". They are brothers and sister.

As for Jesse and I, we just adore him! He will come running from the back yard all the way up the hill when he sees Daddy's car pull in the driveway. Nobody can make Griff giggle like Jesse, the two of them together can be heard laughing for miles. When Griffin needs a break from the other clowns in the family he comes looking for Mommy. Oh, is there anything sweeter than your youngest child crawling on your lap offering up hugs and kisses? I could just melt at bedtime when I hear "of oou", still working on L in "Love You". I confess it didn't take a year to wrap Mommy around his finger.