September 17, 2012

Words have meaning and names have power. ~Author Unknown

On Thursday Sept 13th our foster children... correction, OUR CHILDREN finally got their wish for a new name. It is all legal and everything.

No camera's in the courthouse so, we didn't get any pictures of them at the signing but their caseworker may have snuck one or two.

Also just in case you are a new follower I want to point out that this was  HUGE occasion and these children have been through a LOT in their short little lives. These children endured more pain and trauma in their first 3/4 years than most FAMILIES see in a lifetime. Part of their past trauma involved cameras and video (we will leave itat that) so understandably, photography is a trigger for them and we have to be VERY careful. This is why you don't see many picture of them, the fun things we do, us as a family and well... ANY pictures at all of my personal life really.

SO back to the name change - It really is a big major event in all our lives but we wanted to make certain that they knew just how big this really was and was reason for celebration, so we set about making as big a deal as we could on very short notice because after all you can't really pick your day in front of the judge and they don't work weekends!

I want to introduce you to:

Those are last year's school pictures and their new names engraved on their new bibles (gifts from cherished friends on this day) :)

They picked their own names, she has insisted her name is Lucy for about a year now, so Lucy it was. The middle name we made up because I have a dear friend with the name Aubrey that I just adore and another person I adore with a daughter named Aubrey, so rather than outright steal her name, we adjusted it to sound a bit better with Lucy. She also needed a bit of guidance since her first choice for a middle name was "Peanut" (what my husband affectionately calls her)

And Liam, well his dad (my husband) and Grandpa (my father in law) are named James and they both go by their middle names so he figured it it was good enough for Dad and Grandpa, then it was good enough for him as well. He is SO proud to tell people he has the same name as his Dad and Grandpa, "but call me Liam"

This is a photo of us for a few years back but it is the ONLY picture I have of all of us together:

We are going to need some family photos from a gentle, patient, and understanding photographer. If you know someone in the Portland/Vancouver area please let me know.

“If you love someone, put their name in a circle; because hearts can be broken, but circles never end.”

We celebrated this event ON A SCHOOL NIGHT with a fun CARNIVAL theme, after all life in our house can be nothing short of a carnival experience!

We had a Bounce House

Some games

And some TREATS! 

Yep, tha's me! I made cotton candy almost ALL evening long. I had it EVERYWHERE as it was a nice 92 degree evening and the wind was really blowing!

Most of all we had FUN!!!!!

We are very thankful for our friends and family who were able to travel from near and far to help us celebrate this special day.

I am also thankful to a very very crafty lady with a HUGE heart Leigh Anne Wilkes at Your Homebased Mom. Leigh Ann just had an AMAZING wedding reception for her son and new daughter in law and I do mean AMAZING (see for yourself here) She had all these wonderful booths and decorations that she allowed me to use and went out of her way to make sure we could get them for our special night. So a special shout out and a heart of gratitude to Leigh Anne. If you don't follow her blog, take a peak because it is filled each week with with amazing goodness, recipes, events, and craftiness.

This journey with our children started with a little Craigslist ad back in January of 2008. It has been full of emotions, stress, and adjustments but it has also been full of LOVE, and endless JOY! I am so thankful for this journey and to everyone who has been a part of it.

"I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry... just make me feel alive."

Until next time...


  1. I'm crying like a baby!!!

    1. Good tears though. Becky, THANK YOU and your family for being a part of our day and the loving gifts of Bibles for Lucy and Liam. We cherish your friendship and are so happy that our paths have crossed.

  2. A truly wonderful occasion for you all - really wish I could have been there in person, but through you updates and photos certainly felt like part of it in spirit :)

    1. We had so many special reminders of the "Crafty Aunties" throughout this celebration. THANK YOU for being a support to me and for all you have done for Lucy and Liam.

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    1. I hope I shared this news with your previously and it wasn't a total surprise.

  4. I'm SO glad you posted your blog!!! I had lost it somehow.
    I love everything about this post.
    Congratulations again Kymberlee. Much love to you and your kids!!

    I can't wait to see the new photo.

    1. My infamous adored friend Aubrey <3 Thank You. It has been very quiet here on my blog but I hope to get back to regular posting and crafting very soon.

  5. amazing!!!! MUCH LOVE to you all!!!!!!!

  6. Awesome! When we adopted out son, he was 11 (now 34) we gave him a list of names to pick from for his middle name and he picked my dad's!
    Your Children Look Very Happy!
    Congrats to all!!

    1. How sweet. Our little guy was already Liam. It was completely his choice as to what he wanted to do and her, well we don't know where the Lucy came from but she has seriously insisted that is her name for the last year and we had to help her with the middle name since her first choice was "Peanut" lol

  7. Kymberlee~

    *tears* of joy for you all. Those children have a very special home and will/are most definitely loved. What a wonderful story...the beginning of a new life!

    I am offering my services (Photography) gratis if you haven't found anyone as of yet! I'd love to spend some time to get you all some family photos! Let me know via email


    1. I really kept thinking we wanted to invite your family to our celebration, but... time was short and it was a weeknight, then I just outright FORGOT! You know... I think I will take you up on your offer because if anyone can be gentle and patient then it is YOU. THANK YOU

  8. Wow! Kymberlee-- what a great life you are making for the kids! And I love how you celebrated!

    I am overwhelmed by their story-- it is a hard one to take. Best wishes and prayers for their happiness, health, peace, development, and safety.

  9. This is such a beautiful new beginning for your family. I wish you all much love and true happiness. May God Bless You All!
    Colleen (gonescrappin' Cricut boards)

  10. Love how you have given this children a home and a family!!! They are truly blessed and I am sure a blessing. I have a friend that has adopted two children that had very challenging beginings and I know that it can be very difficult. Thanks so much for sharing Kymberlee!

  11. Kymberlee, I love your heart and what you have done for these children. They are beautiful and so blessed to have you as you are to have them. :)


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