Anniversary: Celebrating Two Years Together as a Family

Today marked two years since our boys came home officially!  Two years ago, in the days leading up to May 29th, Bassam and I lit seven candles for the seven days leading up to their move-in date….and each night we counted down, lighting one less candle, bringing us closer and closer to the night when our boys would be home for good.


And amidst the excitement, chaos, craziness, nervousness and emotional roller coaster that was that first night, we found a moment of calm and lit another candle…..this one having three wicks to represent the boys’ journey….the first wick representing their birth family, the second representing their foster family, and the third wick representing our special family….this last wick encompassing all of who they are, where they have come from, the people who changed their lives along the way, their adoption, and who they will become as they grow through life.

And so each year we continue this tradition and all week have counted down the sleeps until our anniversary day, lighting that number of candles each night.  And each day we have commemorated our wonderfully crazy adventure of the last two years by doing something a little out of the ordinary or off the beaten path.  We have set out to be light, free, and connected in all we do.

Some of the things we did to celebrate:

  • had a relaxing outdoor evening and picnic dinner with another adopted family we have grown to love
  • had a good-for-the-soul sailing day, that included us four working together to take our boat to its limit – attempting to make it heel as much as possible – concluded by hooting, hollering, and loud cheers of satisfaction after reaching a 40-degree heel.  Yahooooo!
  • went to McDonald’s where we met for the very, very first time….and sat at the same table where we laid eyes on each other for the first time (it is the only time we eat at McDonald’s so the anticipation builds well!)
  • cuddled in one bed together and watched funny youtube videos just for laughs
  • each chose an instrument and made music together (if you want to call it that, lol)
  • watched this video from Tuesday’s America’s Got Talent auditions – and talked about how we too will be the success story

To our boys:

We love you unconditionally, we are so proud of you and all you have learned the last couple of years…..and appreciate all that you have taught us too.  You are beautiful, inside and out, and deserve happiness, acceptance, love, joy, friendship, and everything you dream of.  You have completed us.  The adventure of us four has just begun! Love you, always and forever.  xxxxxxxxx


  • What a wonderful tribute to all four of you…. and to those who contributed on your various journeys. The video was very moving, too. So blessed to count you as our ‘family’, too!

  • Beautiful. Congratulations to a wonderful family!

  • What a wonderful celebration! Can’t believe it’s been two years!

  • I had happy tears when I read your comment To Our Boys and can’t believe it has already been two years. Looking forward to many more adventures on your amazing journey with your wonderful family.