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the beginning of the one year

By addysengrace, america, christian, family, mercyadoniyah, noelantruth One Comment

dear son,

today is the day i didn’t want to come. i don’t know why but this one year mark feels so final, so complete, so deep, so real, so raw, so very much the end.

today is the anniversary of the day i decided to love you as my son.

sunday, february 14th, 2016.

i will never forget it. i will never forget how i felt when i knew in my heart the answer was yes. i will never forget the moment i loved you as my son.

i have flashed back to this day a million times this past year. i have wondered if i made the right choice. i have wondered if i should have protected addy and mercy better or protected my heart better.

many people have told me, “marie, you made the right choice. i truly believe you saved noelan’s life from someone threatening to hurt him if he wasn’t out of their home.”

but i realize something else, sweet boy of mine.

i realize that you saved my life.

you have taught me to love in a way i didn’t know possible. you have taught me to love addy and mercy and christian in a way i didn’t understand before i loved and lost you. you have shown me the heart of the Father in an intimate way i would never had understood without you. i have loved you and lost you and yet i still love you.

i will always love you sweet boy and i will always be your mama. but i miss you noelan truth. and i don’t think that i will ever stop missing you.

love, mama

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he’s thirty six 

By bucuresti, christian, family, holidays, romania No Comments

this handsome fellow turned thirty-six last month, calm and collect like always. we started his celebration with a date the night before (thanks craig and alie!) that included a movie and a meal, aka a ginormous hamburger. i absolutely love time with this guy. there is never a boring moment and before we know it, the evening is over.




we finished his celebration on his actual birthday with home cooked mexican food and cookie bars (instead of cake).




happy birthday christian! happy birthday daddy!

restaurant 

By addysengrace, bucuresti, family, mercyadoniyah, romania No Comments

sometimes you find yourself staying home and not going anywhere for an entire weekend thanks to colds. and sometimes your children make you a restaurant because they are simply adorable.

cutest servers in the world…

beautifully set table even with hand written menus…


hard at work…

salad…

lemon in soda…

clatite cu dulceata!

september

By addysengrace, bucuresti, christian, family, mercyadoniyah, romania No Comments

pictures i forgot to post from september. 😉

our anniversary, nine years!
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targoviste. i attended our church’s ladies’ retreat, christian brought the girls so we could all be together at night.
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observing ants and bugs.
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not gonna lie, miss the too hot to sleep in pjs weather.
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finally seeing the bfg!
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checking out a new mall…
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fun weekend with friends
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end of summer fun.
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a month of grammie

By addysengrace, bucuresti, christian, family, mercyadoniyah, ministry, romania No Comments

grammie managed to squeeze in a month away from her home…her home on the market! pops stayed home and held down the fort, so it was truly a joint effort (since this was the first year they wondered if they could come for a visit or not with everything happening). and of course, it was nice and refreshing. all things considered, i didn’t take a whole lot of pictures. this is almost {{all}} of them. but we had a lot of simple, quiet fun.

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these two went on a date to see some movie i wasn’t interesting in seeing. 🙂 Processed with MOLDIV

we also went on a date! come to find out, i took my mom to her first 3-d movie. kind of strange since romania is really into 3-d movies so we have a hard time finding 2-d versions (mercy’s preference). Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

so many read aloud books were read! Processed with MOLDIV

and so many puzzles were done. all of the ones we own actually! Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

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my mom’s signature. my {beautifully} made bed every single morning! Processed with MOLDIV

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sometimes you go to ikea on your second to last day here. whoops. and sometimes you come home with “whichever lovey you want.” 😉 Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

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toamna

By addysengrace, bucuresti, christian, family, holidays, mercyadoniyah, ministry, romania, school No Comments

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disclaimer: way.too.many.photos. {sorry not sorry!}
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this is where we live: Processed with MOLDIV

homework which we might actually enjoy around here, oh my: Processed with MOLDIVimg_4357Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

alex started at mercy’s school! Processed with MOLDIV

chocolate eyes and a tear on her cheek…Processed with MOLDIV

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and then we got new colleagues! Processed with MOLDIV

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that time we bought a bag of mixed veggies boasting broccoli and found one entire piece of broccoli, haha! Processed with MOLDIV

there is something magical about sleeping babies: Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

international day of world peace: Processed with MOLDIV

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freshly washed and braided hair: Processed with MOLDIV

she makes me food…Processed with MOLDIV

summer comes to an end whether or not you want it to…Processed with MOLDIVProcessed with MOLDIV

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the rest of summer

By addysengrace, bucuresti, christian, family, holidays, mercyadoniyah, romania No Comments

the last few pictures on my phone of summer…

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sticky and sweaty naps: Processed with MOLDIV

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meeting new babies: Processed with MOLDIV

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he has his own bed(s) and his own toy(s) and yet he thinks he is one of the kids: Processed with MOLDIV

so blessed to have (re)connected with tim and wendy: Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

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“it’s a shoe-tomato!” Processed with MOLDIV

our new best friend, orla…can’t wait until we hang out again either in Romania or Ireland! Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

oh this kid and her humour: Processed with MOLDIV

just random metal things she wanted her picture with: Processed with MOLDIV

she thinks my bed is her bed…she’s basically right: Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

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sinaia hikes: Processed with MOLDIV

lego science from emmy and katie: Processed with MOLDIV

snow science from sarah: Processed with MOLDIV img_0959

if the truth be told, i have probably talked to my sister (almost) every 24 hour period since moving overseas almost five years ago…minus travel days and maybe her honeymoon. Processed with MOLDIV

watching the olympics and cheering for way too many countries (my children are very loyal to every country, haha! Processed with MOLDIV

summer means impulsive…we love summer! Processed with MOLDIV

trying to convince my kids that summer movie nights don’t usually include their robes is impossible: Processed with MOLDIV

when did she start making dinner?! Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

coloring pages from aveline: Processed with MOLDIV

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if you put pink (bath approved) dye in the bathtub, your child will probably think that means it is okay to splatter blue (permanent) ink on the walls: Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

when ninja turtles fight my little ponies: Processed with MOLDIV

beautiful care package from my irish twinsie: img_3245 Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

when rough days come, give your kids five lei and take them to the store: Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV

care packages from orla! Processed with MOLDIV Processed with MOLDIV