I have really struggled with this blog post. If you don't already know, I don't update my blog very often. When I first started a blog it was to keep people in the loop of what was going on in regards to the adoption journey. We have now been home for 1.5 years. There isn't much to update. While we are in the middle of the teenage years as well as the teenager in training ;) years, those days seem to be about the same day after day. While with the season of toddler hood things seem to change daily. I titled my blog entry "joy" b/c that is the best word to describe life with Kobe. He brings so much joy into our lives. There is never a dull moment in our house. I think it is safe to say that all of us are completely fascinated with Kobe. He always amazes us with how smart he is. It is fun to listen to him say new things or to do new dance moves. It is also fun to watch him play. The things he comes up with is unbelievable. I sort of feel a bit removed from friends of ours b/c we now have a little one at home again. Our lives truly do revolve around Kobe. The little things really are cherished so much. I don't know if that is b/c the girls have proven to us how fast they grow up. I don't know if it is b/c of all we went through to get him. I don't know if it is b/c we missed out on 7 months of his life. I honestly don't know what it is. Everyone loves their kids. Everyone is proud of their kids. Everyone wants to tell stories about their kids. This is different though. I just can't put it into words. There are times where I feel as if I tell too many Kobe stories or share too many pictures. I just can't help it. There are so many miracles in regards to Kobe and him being placed in our family. Maybe that is why things seem to be a bit different than "normal" with him. Our love for Kobe seems to grow more and more each day. How is that possible when we love him so much already? I truly thought the newness would wear off especially with the girls. That is so not the case. It is obvious by watching the interaction b/t the kids that the girls love Kobe to pieces. They are sad if too many hours go by without seeing him. It is awesome to see. Of course Kobe feels the same way. He can't go too long in the house without wanting to be with his big sisters. JOY! Pure joy is brought to our house by this little boy. To God be the glory for all He has done to bring this sweet little boy into our lives. It is an honor that God chose us to be Kobe's parents. Words cannot describe the joy he brings to our lives. He truly is a blessing to all of us.