Sweet Sixteen

Sweet Sixteen

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Happy Father's Day to the Father of Our Children!

Happy Father's Day to the man who thought he didn't want to even be a father.

To the man who remembers his eldest son's affinity for cooking and buys him a special cookbook for his birthday.

To the man who is the apple of his older daughter's eye, who still, at age 12, runs to the door to greet him at the end of every workday.

To the man who takes his youngest son on adventures.

To the man who captured his youngest daughter's heart from the first day.

To the man who is teaching his sons how to interact with their children someday.

To the man who is raising his sons to be Modern Day Knights in their respect for God, Family, and Country.

But most importantly, on this Father's Day, I want to say thank you to the man who was willing to travel halfway around the world...

...to become a father to a little girl he had never met.

If you haven't read Jim's post entitled  "A Father's Love", please take a moment to read it.  I almost just used that for a Father's Day post because I knew I couldn't do justice after he wrote that one. You can read it here: http://seeingtheupsideofdown.blogspot.com/2010/06/fathers-love-february-11-1998.html

This will most likely be my last post until we're back in the states because of our limited internet access. (Yes, we're back at TGIF again!)  So, here's our schedule for the next few days.  Tomorrow we have our embassy appointment at 2pm, then hopefully they'll be able to process Nadia's visa before closing time because we plan on being on a 5:30am flight, Tuesday to Philadelphia by way of Frankfurt, Germany.  We should arrive in Philadelphia at 4:45pm Tuesday.  We will then spend the rest of the week with my parents and 2 of my sisters' families before heading back home to NC on Saturday, June 26th!!! 

Happy Father's Day Everyone!  Especially to my Dad who is helping take care of our sweet Josi! We'll see you soon!!!


  1. That was a beautiful post !! You did good :) hugs!

  2. You got a great guy! It takes a special man to run across the world to fall in love with a little stranger and bring her home!!

    Happy Father's Day, it was nice meeting you.

  3. OK, I am ready to take you on as an author - the two of you have made this a journey for everyone that we will not soon forget. This blog has been a blessing to so many and your family of 6 is a blessing to so many!! We can't wait till you are on US soil and I can't wait to see the pictures of the first time that Josi and Nadia meet - that will have to be turned into your second book about soul sisters. You definitely have a wonderful soul mate in Jim (we can call his book "The Knight". Can't wait to see you all at small group - we are looking forward to having Nadia "home for good". Love you guys. Jan

  4. Happy Fathers Day, Jim. Hope you had a great day---we know you must be sooooo ready to get the heck out of there now :) Soon and very soon.

    Oh my beautiful friend, you are so close to coming home. The pics of princess Nadia are AMAZING and wonderful. What treasure you have found. You are rich.

    Can't wait to see you ALL on Saturday.

    Love you.

  5. Oh Kristin, I can't believe you're almost home! Just a few weeks ago, all you had was a photo of Nadia. Now it's like she's always been part of your family.

    I know you must be missing Josi terribly. I can't wait to see pics of your beautiful girls together.

    Happy Father's Day to your dear husband. I'll be praying for safety for you all as you travel home.

    Much Love,

  6. Bella shares what a wonderful God father Jim is as well. He is quite a catch! Blessings for a safe trip home, can't wait to see you ALL!

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  8. Praying that by this time you are back here in the States safely and all together as a family! Hope you have a wonderful time with your extended family!

    -- Meg D.