Monday, November 30, 2015

Happy Birthday Zeke!!!

God brought you into our lives and family in such a miraculous way.  There has never been any doubt, that God gave you to us as a gift.  I had a dream the night before we were asked to take you and I was told we would be blessed if we took you into our home.  That has been such a true statement and promise from God.  You Zeke, are a blessing.

Today, I am filled with gratitude that God trusted us to raise you and call you our son.  It has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.  Looking back through all of our photos of you, just warms my heart and brings a smile to my face.  We love you so much.  You were so sweet and tiny the day I met you. 

We picked you up straight from the hospital.  I cut the name band off your leg when we got home.  You had a lot of health issues but were always so even tempered and sweet.  Everyone just adored you!   William shared his toys with you from the start.  A stuffed hamster he was fond of and his favorite Chevron car.  Now that is love!

You were just to cute for words. A perfect baby in every way.  You took everything, going on in our busy family, in stride and went with the flow of life, just taking it all in.

As you grew you always had a huge smile on your face.  Your eyes just twinkled.  You loved to be held and played with but was always content to just play on your own as well. 

You were such a fun and relaxed little guy.  Daddy just ate you up!

As you grew your health became more and more stable.  God did many miracles in your health.  All the glory to God!

Stephen loved you so much too.

When you turned three you got autism.  Your whole life changed and some things became so much harder.  The smiles were harder to get out of you but you stayed so sweet.  Here you are helping Elizabeth get her oxygen hooked back up.  Such a kind little soul.

Elizabeth's and your adoption took place at the same time.  Your foster care case was a very long, hard case and the joy that we felt on adoption day was so wonderful!

You have always loved animals so much.  Your first pet was your bunny Jacob.

You have always loved being outdoors. 

 When you were younger you and your sister rode your ponies regularly.  Here's your second pony Smoky.

We gave you RooBaby and you became inseparable.  We even have to take her with us when we go on vacation to Jekyll Island.  

You take RooBaby everywhere you can and at home she is almost always in your arms.

You try your hardest at all you do.  Even though school work is difficult for you, you always do your very best.  You love to go on field trips.  Here we went to the Cowboy Museum.

Even though you don't smile much, you do have a sense of humor.  Tickling your sister in the middle of getting your picture taken.

You are such a great big brother to the newest additions to the family.  You are very patient, loving and kind to them all.

Zeke wanted a cake with Jay from legos on it.  My sister did a very good job, as she always does, making it special for him.  Just what he wanted.  Thank you Aunt "S" and Uncle "B" for making him feel special.
William was making bunny ears on me in order to get him to really smile in this photo.

William made him this birthday video.  Great job William.  Zeke loved it!

It has been such an honor to watch you grow from that little newborn, to the strong and healthy young man you are today.  Thank you God for the last 14 years we have been blessed to have Zeke in our lives!

Exodus 23:25  And ye shall serve the Lord your God, and he shall bless thy bread, and thy water; and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee.

Love Always, Dad, mom, Stephen, Antonio, William, Carolyn, Elizabeth, Billy, Timothy, Kinsley and Baby "A"


  1. Happy Birthday Zeke! You are just precious! : ) Thank you Susan for sharing a little of his life story.

  2. Happy Be-lated Birthday Zeke!! Oh my goodness was Elizabeth ever that small- LOL!!
    Zeke you are just the most handsomest young man ever! Your smiles steal our hearts! You were the cutest baby! My Gabriel had neb treatments every 4-6 hours from birth to age 3. He couldn't sleep through the night until he was 3 1/2! Most likely they made him "anxious".
    Our Faith was a super laid back baby too!
    I love the video William!! Zeke is so blessed to have Stephen and William as his big brothers.
    Thank You for sharing Susan! I can relate so much to Zeke's blessings! Praise God!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth! He was a very good baby and still is a very good young man. Billy was just diagnosed with asthma and the treatments are making him even more hyper. We appreciate you all so much. Praying for you always. Blessings!