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Two Years with Jumby

Two years ago, on Feb 16, I was told I would be bringing home my fourth child.

Luck intervened and we were able to bring him home a few days earlier, but Feb 16 marked the day I was first legally responsible for another child.

It's been two years.

Two years ago, I held a strange child in my arms and promised myself that one day I would love him like I loved my other kids. That I would feel as completely and wholly his mother as I do the three that came before him.

I worried that I may have bit more off than I could handle, may have made promises I couldn't keep.

Two years have passed and it seems like forever this child has been mine. I can't imagine my life without him in it.

Today marks the day we first became Jumby's legal guardians, and then a year later his official parents. And today is the Jumbster's day.

Today is the day his past can officially no longer come back to haunt him or threaten to take him away.

Today is the first day, in two years, he is absolutely and forever, mine.

Today is a good day.

The first ever snuggles Jumby and I had, only hours after first meeting.

The first time Fric got to meet her new little brother. Tensions were high all around, wondering if this was going to work. One look was all it took to assure us this would turn out okay.

Frac meeting his little brother moments later. We introduced them separately, one at a time, to make sure everyone's feelings were being properly looked after. My heart was in my throat the entire time.

Just weeks after bring Jumby home he had his first major health challenge and spent the next three weeks in hospital. It was trial by fire, learning to parent in a hospital all over again.

Jumby, however, is very resilient and recovered beautifully. He then proceeded to come home to explore his new home and get stuck under every piece of furniture we had.

Jumby's standing frame. We call him Hannibal when he's in it. He spends time in this generally while I cook or bake, so he can help get right in there and make a big mess. Like little boys are supposed to do.

Jumbster exploring his world and learning that occasionally there are soft things on the floor that purr when you roll into them.

I spent hundreds of dollars on buying therapy tools and new toys to help amuse and educate my new son. He prefers to wear a bucket on his head.

It's always a party in the kitchen.

Fric spoils Jumby rotten.

Brotherly love. I hoped the boys would take to one another but I underestimated how attached my kids would become to their newest sibling. My kids rock so hard it hurts sometimes.

Two years I've been able to look at this face and call him my son.

It's been two of the best years in my life, kid. We love you.


Coincidentally, I'm celebrating Jumby's second anniversary as my son by guest posting over at Aiming Low. I'm talking mullets, minivans and wheel chairs and everything in between. Hop on over and check it out.

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Reader Comments (127)

Huge wonderful hugs to you guys. What a wonderful day to celebrate. And a huge weight off your shoulders.
I love looking at pictures of your kids. *g*

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNeeroc

Oh, YAAAAAY! There's his sweet face! I love how your older kids are with the Jumbster. BIG PUFFY HEART LOVE!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMFA Mama


February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

WOOT WOOT! Congrats to you and your family on 2 awesome years with an amazing little boy!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunday

Jumby needs to go back to the longhair look. I think it would bring all the girls to the yard.

Congrats to your family on this happy day.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKBO

Oh wow - you are an inspiration, fully!!
I remember we had a boy in our class just like Jumby and he had the hockey-stick-triangle cast on his legs for ages - it was lethal! lol. We grew up together from age 7 to 19 - he's awesome.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLady Estrogen

first time commenter.

i just wanted to say how great it is to see posts like this. crongrats to you and most importantly, congrats to jumby!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereddie

I love it. Such a beautiful thing!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermandie

Tanis, you are amazing. Jumby is amazing. I read this through twice, with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face. I can't remember how I first found your blog, but I am so thankful I did. You are an inspiration to me as a mom, and just as a person. Happy Anniversary, Jumby & Tanis & Family! You deserve every happy moment that comes your way!!!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterQn2TsMommy

This just crushes me. I admit, I've wondered more than once how you do it -- bring home another child and love them as much as your own, but when I look at these pictures it all makes sense. Happy Two-Year day.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @ Binkytowne


Jumby is beautiful. Your whole family is beautiful.
What a gift -- and a wonderful day. Hope you have fun celebrating!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPam @writewrds

Your family is amazing. Congratulaions and happy gotcha day to Jumby

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulie

Congratulations on this wonderful day! I wish all kids could have parents and families who love them as much as you obviously love Jumby.

Wonderful news and beautiful pictures of your family!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlicia

Two years?! I can't believe it. I'm thrilled for all of you.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyla

Then really it is like his birthday.....his new life with you and yours with him.
You're an awesome woman , quite the inspiration!!
Enjoy the day and I hope many, many more!!! :)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRuth Knotts

Hey, who DOESN'T like playing with a bucket over their head?


February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyle Jago

I had tears in my eyes while I read this! Coincidentally, I laughed out loud as well. Do you know how difficult it is to laugh with a frog in your throat?? Uh huh... yeah.

Congratulations on two wonderful years with the Jumbster. Here's to many many many many many many more!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

I'm so glad you have your family.

And that they have you.

What a happy, happy day to celebrate for forever!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarrie

Congrats to you and JUMBY!!

The way that you and Jumby as well as the family have come together through such tragedies warms my heart!!

This world can be such a beautiful place!



February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMegan @ Red Dirt and Crazy

I'm tearing up over here and smiling ear to ear. It's been about 2 years since I discovered your blog. I remember your announcement about getting to bring Jumby home. In fact, I think it's what first hooked me to your blog. What an amazing journey you all have had! I love those pictures. I can feel the love ooze right out of them. How very lucky you all are to have found each other. Congrats!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill @BabyRabies

gosh has it been two years already?!?!


hope today is a wonderful one for your beautiful family.


February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternic @mybottlesup


February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMir

oh my...beautiful story! tears!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlison

Your kids reflect you. You all rock so hard. Congratulations and here's to countless, happy bucket-wearing years to come.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChaosRu

I just read this over my lunch hour and ended up snuffling tears in the food court at the mall. Congratulations to all of you! It's so amazing that he found you all. Thank you, from me, for loving him.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSchmutzie

Congrats! And happy Jumby day! You are amazing and have such a beautiful family.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDeb

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The picture of Frac meeting Jumby made tears come to my eyes. What a beautiful story.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJenni Williams

Happy mamaversary, my friend. Thank you for taking us on this roller coaster with you :)

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkarengreeners

You're making me cry for the SECOND time today (first at Aiming Low). Oh, your beautiful family.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoberta

It is so wonderful that you found each other and have become a whole new family. He is so loved and man with a smile like that I would spoil him too. What a precious blessing!

And all yours now...well that is just superb!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrittany at Mommy Words

Happy anniversary to your whole family. Can you adopt me, now? I need free health care and I really want access to maple cookies.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAvitable

Feb 16th 2001 officially marks the day you became my hero. I just recently found your blog and over two days (amisdt pretending to work) have read it all. You are a shining example Redneck Mommy!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen

This was beautiful! You can see the love in everyone eyes :) Your family is a beautiful example of true love and compassion.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarla

Those pictures are precious. Happy anniversary to your amazing family!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHockeymandad

You have cherished the freckle and the rest has followed. A beautiful story and a reminder that we are so blessed.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Weikert

Love this. Love YOU. YAY JUMBY!!!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngella

Again you made me cry.... You are truly blessed, you know that don't you? And for that, well, I'm a little jealous.... you're amazing!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJodie

Um, can I clone your family? I work as a behaviour strategist at a service provide for families with kids with special needs. I love your attitude, acceptance and advocacy. You make a great role model. You should be very proud.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

This made me cry. You are all so very, very beautiful. Thank you for showing us all the love you share.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAdrenalynn

I love you, and I love him and I'm so glad that you can release that breath and know that he's all yours forever and ever.


February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Oh:I am now sitting in the parking lot of my 2 year old's preschool, trying to compose myself.
Lucky you and happy days and what an awesome bunch of kids you have:).

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterangela

Aww, Tanis, I'm so happy for your family! Seeing those smiles on ALL of your faces is just awesome!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBeth

True. Love.

Well, happy Two years, Redneck Family!

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Domestic Goddess

The love that shines from all of you is truly beautiful... *sniffle*

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoy

Happy Jumbyday. It is the most magical day of the year.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelley @ Magnetoboldtoo

You rock mama.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSue

Lovely post. And congratulations.

February 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermagpie

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