Sunday, August 18, 2013

Happy Happy Birthday Paul

Today we celebrated Paul's 13th birthday.
We went to the pool and then ate some of the best pizza in town.
The water was very refreshing.  Everyone had lots of fun swimming.
Paul is such a good swimmer now.
I asked Paul if he felt older now that he is a teenager.  He said yes!
Nolan loves the water.  After going all summer not being able to swim I went ahead and let him.
Grandpa gave Dennis some tips on swimming.

William loves to do flips off John's shoulders.
Nolan likes to jump high into the air!

So does Little Guy!
Taylar joined us for the afternoon.

Andrew and Paul
Adam, Julia, and John
Jonny, Andrew, and Paul played two square after swimming.
Oliver loved the water.  He was all smiles all the time.

That's a lot of candles.
It was awesome hearing Paul read his birthday cards.  William wrote Paul a card saying that he would share the food that he buys from the store.  William gets Caleb or Adam to take him to the store to buy his favorite cereal.  He usually charges his younger brothers fifty cents a bowl.  Instead, he will give Paul a few bowls for free!

Happy birthday Paul!  You are such an awesome son.  I love to see how comfortable to have become in our family.  It is a blessing to be your parents.


  1. Hi! I love to celebrate my children's birthdays. It is such a blessing to know that they now have a family and they will not be lonely on such an important day in their lives.I think of my adopted children and their birth parents on their birthdays . I am so glad that my children's birthparents choice life for their birth child.Happy birthday ! Pat

  2. What a handsome boy he is and Christine, he looks soooooooo happy. He has thrived in your home. Happy Birthday Paul!!!!

    Marilyn from Canada

  3. I like that all of your children look very fit and none of them is overweight. You are doing a great job!

  4. Happy Birthday Paul!!!! Looks like you all had a super fun day!

  5. Happy Birthday Paul! Just love your family Christine!

  6. I laughed out loud at William's side business! Hysterical! Happy Birthday, Paul!!! Such a handsome boy!

  7. Little Guy will present a challenge. A challenge that, perhaps, you weren't-and aren't fully prepared for. But your guidance, your love, your family and your faith will do one thing that will give little guy something that will forever impact his life and make a slow yet inexorable change--The meaning of love.

  8. Dear Christine,
    Happy birthday to Paul! He is a handsome young man.

    William and his cereal bit is the best!! He's got a head for business already. :)

    Looks like the swimming was fun, glad Nolan got to be out there too.

    Your picture posts are some of my favorites. (the non-picture posts are my other favorites! Haha)

    Blessings on the fam,

  9. Happy, happy birthday Paul! Can't believe he's a teenager already!

    All of your kids are special (of course) and you do such a good job of making their personalities shine through on your blog, but I will always have a soft spot for Paul. He has really blossomed since coming home to his family!


  10. Paul looks like he has blossomed in your family!


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