Amos turns FOUR

Yesterday was Amos’ birthday and I must say it was one of my lowest days in this whole process for me. I didn’t want the day to happen. I wanted him here for his birthday. I didn’t want him to still be there. Him and his sister need to be here. I did much of NOTHING yesterday. I was sappy. I cried. I ate. I read. I did NOTHING productive. I couldn’t. I was choosing to be sad and grumpy yesterday.

Amos is missing us. One of us has visited him 5 times during our process. He knows us and is old enough to realize that we come and go and he’s not so sure about it anymore. We will continue to visit our kids. We need to keep developing the bond that we’ve created with him and keep developing one with our sweet Story girl.

Yesterday Aaron blogged about his birthday. It was a hard day for us. I apologize if you called, I just couldn’t answer the phone. It was one of those days where you just want to crawl in bed and sleep until the next day. I knew the next day I would be fine, and today I was.

We were able to talk to Amos last night and that was so wonderful! It was so good to sing to him and tell him how much I love him. Each of the boys talked with him and sang Happy Birthday to him. He just kept wanting to talk more and more to his papa. He loves Aaron with a special love. We are overwhelmed with the way God has already bonded them together.

Here’s a video we made for him last nigh – I know I have an awful voice b/c Aaron tells me I’m tone deaf … or whatever that means – please don’t let that distract you from this moment!  I also know that my hair is never fixed and I never wear much make up in the summer so please don’t let that be a distraction either!!!!t:

Here’s last years birthday video:

And here’s Amos watching last years birthday video:

We so wish that he was here in our house for his fourth birthday but we’re praying and hoping that Story turns TWO in this house and that Amos turns FIVE in this house. OH my goodness Story will be two in about 6 months. God please bring her home before then!

Thank you so much to those of you that are continuing to lift us, our kids, their files and the whole process of adoption up to the LORD. One thing is true and that is that Story & Amos are HIS kids and not mine. HE is the master planner. HE is the master creator. HE is the master designer. I’m choosing to trust HIM tonight.


9 responses to “Amos turns FOUR

  1. This past week when I’ve clicked on your blog, I’ve just been praying for good news for you. Our file seems to be stuck, but it still gives me hope when others have movement. Birthdays can be tough and I’m so sorry that another milestone has passed and your kids are not with you. I’ll be praying for Amos and his heart and for movement.


  2. Oh Ivey familly. Thanks for being so real. It helps us all on this journey. Sending you much love and hugs for yesterday and smiles and flowers for today…. Praying for a big celebration for you all to be together sooner than later. Happy summer to you all. May God do amazing things in the lives of your family this summer as you all hit the road. Praying for an awesome summer for all 6 (7 if we are including the dog) of you!

  3. Kristen Young

    Hi Jamie 🙂
    My husband and I have been going through our Haitian adoption since October of 2007….we had our dossier completed and in Haiti since February of 08. Our daughter was 1 1/2 when we picked her and she will be 4 in October. We just found out today that she is out of MOI and on her way today for her passport, so things are moving….I reference your blog often especially the timeline, thank you so much for that, I have read it over and over again trying to figure out when our little Sydney would be coming home, not to be negative but our agency has been very lack in giving us many details about the process, I am sure to keep us from disappointment, but its my little girl….so I wanted to let you know that you have helped me and my husband with this long process, I read your blog this morning and can relate so much, I have had a few of those days myself …..God has reminded me often of this scripture and I would love to share it with you in hopes it will give you the strength that you need as you finish this process…it is in 1 Peter 5:10 and it is the Message translation it says : “Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does.”…..the Victory is Gods, he has put these children in our hearts for a reason and he will see this through, many a days I had wondered, have we done the right thing, why is this so hard, but God has NOT changed his mind, he is not in Heaven saying….”What is happening, I don’t understand this long processes” God knows what he is doing, he has a plan and purpose for our children. God WILL get the last word…and our children will be home…
    My husband and I will continue to pray for you and your family, as I ask you to pray for us….Thanks again for your blog, you have helped us more then you know……God Bless

  4. (((hugs))) I loved the videos, but the one where Amos watches…oh my goodness…he was SO EXCITED to see you! Keep holding on, he loves you so very much.

  5. Jackson is sitting with me and he said he wants to play with your boys. And then he said, “Me! Me! I want a birthday!” Anyway, I am praying for kids to come home soon. Every time I see an update on your blog I beg God to let it be good news. Happy birthday, sweet Amos!

  6. Oh I love the video of him watching the video you made for him! I can’t wait to see next year’s video when you’re all together!!!

  7. Ok…now you made ME cry! He was so happy and excited. You bring him such joy and someday soon that joy will be complete!!! Love and prayers to you and your WHOLE family!

  8. I’ve read your story for a while now, but have not commented before. We have a few friends in common in Haiti (we worked with the McCools twice to bring home our kids). This video brought me right back to the pain of the waiting. Seeing Amos enjoying your video was precious. May God cover him and Story as they await this huge transition into your home, and may He grant you an absurd peace as you sit in pain and await your children. I commit to praying for you on my morning walks.

    Blessings and peace,


  9. o my goodness; when amos waves back at you on last year’s birthday video….it was over. still grabbing kleenexes as i type this. i pray he will be with you before birthday number 5.

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