12 Months, a year… A time-frame that seemed like an eternity when we first arrived home. We were jet-lagged, exhausted and…well, transitioning. It wasn’t all roses; often times the thorns were numerous but I wouldn’t trade anything. I would do it all again to be where we are now, with our precious Malakai. God was intricately weaving the tapestry of our family with each answer; whether it was what we wanted to hear or otherwise. with each successful surgery, with each moment of bonding and with each moment of complete surrender. As I look over this past year, it is amazing how sometimes all you need is time and space to see the beauty in even the hard times. Malakai says it best, “I am happy because you found me and you are my family; I love you guys!”
JANUARY 1st, 2017: HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
We finally were able to drink the Champagne that Tim bought to drink at the perfect moment. We planned on when we got engaged(in 2004), then married(Jan. 15th, 2005), then when we had our first child (who is now turning 11) and so on and so forth, but it never ended up happening until tonight. New Years 2017! I can not think of a more enjoyed toast with my Love. We have lived so much life in the last 12 years and we are so blessed to be more deep in love than we were when we were married. What a wild, crazy, beautiful ride it has been and I wouldn’t change a thing.
We were blessed to ring in the 2017 New Year surround with Love and priceless, precious family!
JANUARY 6th, 2017
One yeat ago today we were on an airplane and then arriving to China to start the journey of bringing Kai home. Today h e colored me a Christmas Tree with a Star on the top. Malakai said he chose red instead of green because green looks like a booger… lol
Yep, he is definitely a boy!
Today came with a Checkup and visit to Children’s for blood draws. Poor little guy is the hardest stick around; he was such a trooper. After 5 hours, the ordeal was finally done.
On a positive note, In 7 months Kai has grown 2 inches taller and has gained 3.5 pounds!! Praise the Lord; the miraculous healer!
- Malakai thoroughly enjoyed his well deserved donut treat!
- Malakai was mommy’s snuggle buddy after knee surgery.
Kai is such an empathetic little guy. He knows all too well what comes with
surgery and recovery; he hated that his mommy had an, “ouwee.”
- Kai loved watching Becki, Isaiah & Nevaeh dance at their recital! exclaimed,
“Mommy, tan (can) I do dat (that)? I will (would) yike (like) to do dat (that)!”
Malakai and Daddy got to spend some special one on one bonding time when Daddy took Kai to, “PAW PATROL LIVE!” And the BELLCO theatre as an early Christmas present!
Malakai loved hanging up his stocking with Daddy for the first time!
December 24th: Christmas Eve!
We were blessed this year to have Malakai’s Great Grandparents, G.G. Ev and Papa Jim, to share his first Christmas as well as the special gift of having his Godmother, Auntie Elaina, home from mission work in Ireland for Christmas! We are so blessed. I can never put a price on the bonds and memories that comes with presence being your present.
- ~ Best captured family photo ~
- The other 100 shots lol (beautiful reality)
Kai made Santa’s “Gingerbread Boy” cookie this year in school; complete with…um…bow tie… lol
Christmas Eve Pajamas!
December 25th: Christmas Morning!!
Reading Santa’s Thank You letter
Kai found a PAW PATROL DVD in the fireplace… He said, “MOMMY! I YUV (love) SANTA!”
Christmas Night at Grandma and Papas: Kai loved the time spent, the wonderful food, and then drifted to sleep on his new PAW PATROL body pillow while we watched the Bronco game! 🙂
Christmas Continues at Grandma Patricia/Mapu’s house with more blessed time with family and more wonderful food! 😉
Kai looks up to his big siblings and tries hard to follow in their shoes… Here he took it quite literally when he tried on Becki’s new boots. 😉 lol
Happy New years Eve everyone! Malakai was able to ring in the New Year with family and friends…He made it to midnight! What an exciting night for him!
Uncle Ray & Daddy had fun doing poppers with the kids to help celebrate the New Year (New York Timezone; 10 PM) while Mommy enjoyed taking pictures and watching from the quieter inside. 😉
May your 2017 be blessed! Thank you for following along our journey throughout 2016! What a crazy beautiful ride it was!
October 20th, 2016
When Daddy’s away, the minions will play…or at least make dinner a Sweet Tomatoes night! Tim was in Connecticut for work so I saw a great opportunity to have a Mommy and kid date night to Sweet Tomatoes; Kai was enjoying the ability to eat much of his meal by mouth, we even were able to thicken some pudding for him to have for dessert (as pictured in his chipmunk poofed cheeks in the picture below, lol)!
Big Sister, Becki prepared the most sprinkle loved thickened pudding dessert either Malakai or I had ever seen…that was one happy boy. lol
Stur Cousins came to join in and had some pumpkin bread and Park fun!
My Childlets joined me at the dance studio while I instructed Zumba today!
Malakai and Mommy had fun making his “Family book” for school. It is the sweetest book, I will have to post the end result in coming months after it gets laminated at school. Since this project Malakai has been praying a very sweet prayer each night; he says, “I’m thankful that I got a family.” ~Melt My Heart~
We finally have a diagnosis for Malakai Jian Rong! We came home 9 months ago (January 2016) and are so thankful to finally have the missing piece solved! Malakai has a rare form of Opitz G BBB (MID1 Deletion) Syndrome that caused clefting throughout the entire mid-line of his body. The diagnosis doesn’t erase his many medically unique qualities and physical challenges, but it is so grounding and peace giving to have an actual answer. We celebrated tonight with a hearty helping of pot-stickers and stir fry (didn’t turn out too bad I must admit. 😋)
What a blessed time it was to have all the siblings so happy for Malakai & his new found knowledge! That leap of faith that we made a year ago last October while not knowing what exactly his conditions were or what they entailed and deciding to trust God’s will is no longer question marks. Praise God! It has been such a huge confirmation that if God calls you to it, he will help you through it and will bless you tenfold with graces during the journey. We can not imagine our lives without the love of our little Apple, Kai.
Malakai and I had such a special day together at Children’s. They did a Bronco tailgate and after the genetics appointment we went on a lunch date together at the hospital café; the food was actually quite tasty😜! Malakai had a PB&J and I enjoyed the hardiest Cobb salad o have ever had; seriously there had to be almost twelve deli thick slices of cold-cuts/cheese on top!
Malakai wasn’t so sure about the giant orange pom pom, but once he offered him knuckles & he realized that “it” was a man in a costume, he thought he was pretty funny!
My Handsome Lunch Date
I will post a follow up post with more information and I pray a bit more clarity about his syndrome but as for now I don’t want what he has to overshadow who he is and the blessing of the 9th month celebrated! Wow! Can you believe it?! 9 months! In some ways it seems that it should be longer and on the other hand it feels like only yesterday I was looking at the pictures and videos of his precious face for the first time on his file.
God is so good!
Also today, October 25th, brought another HUGE milestone that we have been waiting and praying for…
After a marathon of Mommy distraction tactics at the Vital Records office…
Malakai Jian Rong Norick FINALLY has a Colorado, US, Birth Certificate!!!
What a day of answered prayer!
July 18th, 2016
We got a special Nellas FroYo treat in celebration of our God-daughter’s Baptismal anniversary. They were very kind to allow Kai to just get the liquid free toppings so he could enjoy with us. 🙂
July 24th, 2016
We were blessed to be able to have our uncle Bruce and Grandma Connie out to visit. Uncle Bruce had to leave before we thought to snap a pic but I am thankful we have this family picture with 4 generations; priceless. The broccoli bite staring contest. 😉 Special time with Uncle Aaron“Big” cousin Malakai holding his “Little” cousin, Nicholas. 😉 Ride’em Sofa 😉
BFFs 😉 Grandma Connie and Patricia Norick always enjoy their time together.
Kai LOVES to build Rocket Ships with his duplos!
Just eating lunch and getting our teeth checked… 😉
Please keep Malakai’s little choppers in your prayers.
Kai’s enamel is nearly dissolved from his acid reflux and such; therefore, half of all his back molars are eaten away. He is uncomfortable but we were unable to have them fixed with his reconstructions the he had on the 18th as he was too high risk of aspiration and fatality as the Aero-digestive group and surgeons said that it was far to risky to add anything to the already complex nature of his rare surgeries. Although that is completely understandable and I believe it was the right decision, the down side to this is that Malakai is going to be having to go under anesthesia again for the restorative procedure; Which means that his little body will have to have back to back anesthesia; not preferable, but the safest option. Thankfully we will be able to have the best Dentists (Dr. Kyle and Scott from Southwest Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontist) at the Children’s Hospital, Main Campus for the Restoration. That gives me the confidence that he is in the best hands in a place that he will be safe. God is good.
Kai has been able to gain a whole pound since being GTUBE fed so he gets a new, extended MIC-KEY button! My little man is growing up so fast 😉They even let Daddy make the change! Kai thought it was pretty funny when the gas was released from his abdomen during the exchange making a “Tooting” sound at Daddy! 😉Malakai was such a good sport and is so proud of his “Big Boy” Button.
July 29th, 2016
Daddy’s Birthday! It was such a fun day!
Kai got to swim for the first time since his abscesses. What a blessed day.
Watching Olympics with GE GE Elijah
Favorite Family Smoothie, Coffee and burritto shop…Rocky’s Corner!
August 8th, 2016
“Mommy. Duess what?! I’m dunna be in da Lympics yike dat one-a day! I’m dunna wear my unnerwears yike dem.”
(Mommy, guess what?! I’m going to be in the Olympics like that one day! I going to wear my underwear like them.)
So sweet! My heart, You can do whatever you put your mind to. If you want to be a diver…you do it. 😉
* Some exciting news on another note; those undies have stayed dry all day for the first time!! Yay Malakai!
Holy Anointing with Godmother Elaina and the rest of our crew 😉
What a blessing.
That is one Good lookin’ group 😉
Godmother and Me; As happy as can be!
Preseason Fun…Go Broncos!
August 18th, 2016
Surgery Day! We have been waiting for this day for a long time and now Malakai will be able to have the reconstructive surgery on his Larynx, Trachea, and tongue that will allow him a new quality of life! What a blessed and ordained time. We felt everyone’s prayers, the intercession of all the saints and loved ones in heaven, and the incredible immeasurable power of God Almighty. Uncle Aaron even gave his birthday prayer that Kai is able to be healed fully and kept safe; We are humbled and so blessed.
- Poor Baby was in a lot of pain but the loving arms of his Daddy were able to comfort him.
Uncle Ray and Birthday Boy Uncle Aaron came to visit Kai and put a giant smile on his face. It is such a blessing to have so many who love Kai.
We felt well enough to play with Play-dough today! Malakai surpassed everyone’s expectations of recovery. He is so amazing! Oh, and he decided that he was potty trained while in the hospital…being able to be disconnected from the monitors while going to the restroom may have been a motivation or it could have been when the nurse came in carrying the size 3 diapers that Kai fits in and said, “Oh my, these are such cute, tiny baby diapers! I can’t believe these fit him at 3!” To which responded with an appalled and defensive scrunch faced tone…”I’N (I’M) NOT A BABY! I’N (I’M) KAI! I’N (I’M) 3!” LOL
Look Mommy! I’N (I’m) making salad!
MY BABY SON AND I…Just received news that we could go home!Reading up on our Paw Patrol while we wait for our Daddy Driver.
PICTURES BY KAI
The Kids wanted to through Malakai a Paw Patrol, Welcome Home and Get Well Party! It was precious to see them so excited for Kai and play Paw Patrol together.
August 22nd, 2016
First day of School for big siblings and Kai’s first public appearance since his surgery. He was pretty happy to get out and about and then have one on one time with Momma while the others were at school. 🙂 If all goes well with healing, Kai will be starting PREK3 after Labor day and I am so excited to see how the specialists and therapies that this Child Find recognized school has available there will help Kai thrive and prepare for grade-school. Until then though, I am THOROUGHLY enjoying my quality time with my Malakai. 🙂Kai got to go to the PRE-K STORY HOUR at Columbine Library with his Auntie Hannah, Aunt Christin, and his “Guys.”
Kai and his bird. He did great making it I think! 😉Silly Sisters…Yep, we are as tired as we look. 😉 “Chickadee Chickadee fly, fly away…”
The Boys and their Birds…Class of 2031!
What a mountain moving month. We are so thankful and blessed!