Monday, December 30, 2013

My little man's birthday

Wow, time sure has gone by fast! We just celebrated Maxim's second birthday with us. Once again it was a joy to see the awe and wonder of him having a birthday with a family.  I don't think he quite believed us that he would celebrate a birthday again this year. It is so easy for me to take it for granted that I have been blessed my whole life with a loving family. Maxim is a good reminder that life is precious, family is a gift, and we should always be thankful for that blessing.

Maxim wanted all Russian foods again this year for his meals

One of his favorite salads, beet salad.

Russian market sweet rolls

Maxim has always admired his older brother's chain necklace, and
much to Maxim's joy he was given one just like Joshy's. 

He loves to play with Legos!

He wanted a Monsters Inc cake...It was a challenge, cake decorating is not my thing,
 but he was happy with the outcome :)

And to end his birthday party he wanted to play his new Risk game.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Thankful for the gift of life!

I am so thankful God gave this little boy life 8 years ago today and that through God's perfect plan He brought Maxim into our family. 

My world has not been the same since he made an appearance into it, and I am truly thankful for that. He has brought so much joy and happiness!

Happy Birthday my sweet little brother! May you realize you are loved and wanted forever!
You have grown so much, and I am so proud of you. God is changing your little heart and it is a blessing to witness. 


Monday, December 9, 2013


Our two little Pilgrims from Thanksgiving. Nastya and Maxim were so excited to dress up for the day :)