Brooks Turns TWO!

Brooksie Brooks, you are TWO!
I can’t even believe it. Last year on September 16th, you were living in an orphanage on the other side of the world. You had a family, but you didn’t know it yet, and you certainly didn’t understand what a birthday was. We did our best to celebrate you in your absence, but our hearts were just broken to know you were so far away on such a special day. 
This year, we spent the day doing all your favorite things!
We started the morning with donuts…because ‘Merica. 😉 

After opening and playing with your presents from Mommy, Daddy, Carter, and Kate, we headed up to play at the mall and go pick out some clothes for our Build-A-Bears. You picked out an Elmo outfit, complete with slippers, and then we played and rode the cars at the play area before heading to the food court for lunch. This was strategy – I knew you’d want your beloved lo mein noodles, but I wasn’t about to clean those up at home, so the food court was the perfect place to let you glory in your love for the noodle. Bonus – we even ran into your sweet teacher eating lunch with her husband! 

After that, we headed home for naps and to get ready for your big fiesta! Cousins, grandparents, aunts and uncles arrived late that afternoon, and we had a “Choo Choo, He’s TWO!” party. 🙂 Not only are trains one of your favorite things, but your Chinese name was also Zhi Qiu (pronounced Ji Choo), and your ayis in China called you Qiu Qiu (pronounced Choo Choo), so obviously that fit. 😉 

You LOVED all the attention, ate great food, got more presents from your family, and even tried your hand at a pinata! 

Your absolute favorite part of the day was watching all your family sing “Happy Birthday” to you. After you blew out the candles and we all cheered, you got the BEST little grin on your face. You know routinely ask for “Happy” anytime we sit down to eat. Apparently, you think this is going to be a regular thing around here…
Brooks, we don’t know what we did right to get the absolute JOY of being your parents, but all of us truly count our lucky stars EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. that the Lord blessed us with the gift of YOU. You are incredibly smart, kind, observant, loving, compassionate, funny (SO funny), and dangerously handsome. Your joy is contagious, and I’ve yet to meet someone who doesn’t immediately fall head over heels for you. Adoption is not an easy road for anyone involved, and there is a lot of fear and brokenness at times…but YOU, dear boy, are worth every sleepless night, every grey hair, and every blank on every piece of paper we had to fill out to bring you home. I would go through it all a thousand times over just for one of your million dollar smiles and to hear your sweet little voice call “Mommy.”
We love you, sweet one…happy 2nd birthday!  

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