First Thanksgiving! We had so much to be thankful for!
First Christmas tree! The joy and excitement as they decorated was so sweet to watch.
Today was Maxim’s first birthday with us! I do believe I was more excited about this than I ever was for any of my birthdays. To think that a few months ago I did not know this little boy existed and then to see how he now is an enormous part of my life, I cannot imagine life without my precious little siblings. They bring so much happiness to our lives! Nastya today, while talking to Maxim, said “It is the most wonderful thing to be with a family on your birthday”. This brought tears to my eyes, knowing this is the first time Maxim has been with a family for his birthday (that he can remember)!
|When Mom received flowers for her birthday he told us that sometimes people in Russia would get flowers and he would love them on his :) Thank you Steve and Bethany!|
|The birthday cup that we have all used since we were little :)|
|This smile did not leave his face all day!|
|One of his gifts!|