Zane Turns 4!

Though we wished we had gotten him home before his 3rd birthday a year ago, we are very thankful the delay didn’t push it past his fourth!

Family came over as we had a small celebration for our first birthday with him as his forever family. He was all smiles and had a blast opening his presents and playing with his bubble machine among other things. We even had a family give us a motorized car for him and he really loved that!

He is fitting it perfectly and we are all adjusting. He is a such a cute, loving child too. Makes it all easy.

Happy 4th birthday Zane!

Brady Speers new adopted son turns 4!
Brady Speers new adopted son turns 4!

Zane is Home!

Finally, after two years, we are officially a family of six as we got home with Zane this last Saturday afternoon to a welcome party of friends and family at DFW.

Everything went so well, it was truly remarkable. Zane handled it beautifully and has made the transition so far better than we expected. We still have a long way to go and life ahead of us, but we could not be more excited. Now we can settle into our new normal.

Adoption is such a magical thing for everyone involved. It’s God’s way of taking a bad situation and pouring his grace all over it. Zane’s life is in front of him now as a Korean American. I can’t wait to see where it all goes.

For now, we get ready for the fall and the holidays we are just around the corner!

Last Summer as Family of Five Is Over

Hello. It is September in a few weeks! Football season is starting, temps are about to decline, school is back in session next week and BAM…just like that summer 2016 is over.

For us, it was our last summer as a family of five and it was a wild and crazy one at that. It was strange yet exciting all in one. No Korea Camp, no Camp Thurman for the kids, no Galveston beach trip…just other things that consumed our time and money as we pushed on down the road of the adoption of Zane. Instead our summer was a financially stressful one waiting on court dates, etc from Korea.

It was a fun summer though and we made some new memories we will all take .with us forever as a family of five. Kids made it to VBS and kids camp. They got some time at the waterpark and Six Flags thanks to some cheap season passes we bought earlier. We made a few Rangers games and celebrated Quinn turning 9 and the girls turning 11. The Locks came in town for a visit from Colorado and we spent alot of time with our families and church friends. We went to Korea to visit Zane and then we drove out to Florida for the beach wedding of Maci. That was a nice week long getaway right there as we drove through Tampa Bay, St. Petersburg, Clearwater (our favorite!) and then Panama City.

Now we wait for the final call to bring Zane home and get our new “normal” started. I am ready too. Summer 2016 was one of a kind…next year we hope to go back to some old traditions for the first time as a family of six!

Last Year Quinn is in Single Digits!

My little buddy is now nine years old. Nine.

Just yesterday Julie and I were bringing him back from Korea as our first son. Today he will turn nine and start the count down to double digit ages!

He is such an amazing little boy. Happy, fun, smart, super intuitive and very sweet (most of the time!). I can’t imagine our lives without him and he has blessed us all.

Now we march towards 10 and that is going to really freak us out! Happy birthday Quinn!

Summer 2016…The Last as a Family of Five

The kids are out of school and life has been nutty ever since. We are in our last few months of being a family of five!

Funds are tight this year, but the kids have come up with another Summer of Fun list that has included visits with grandparents, SixFlags, a fun visit with the Locks family in from Colorado and fun with other church friends. We have also enjoyed the pool, Hurricane Harbor, Rangers baseball and a few movies here and there too, as Finding Dori was a big hit. We will end the summer driving out to Florida for a few days to partake in Maci getting married to Daniel.

Most of the summer has been focused of course on the adoption of our 4th child and getting him home by the end of the summer if we can. All things are go and everything needed for approval has been approved. We are a matter of weeks of becoming a family of 6. Zane will be here soon.

Quinn will be 9 in a few weeks and the girls will turn 11 at the end of August…both blow my mind!

We have spent alot of time together this summer and it’s been really fun. We have some tough, different days ahead of us so we are soaking it all in!

Life is good and so is God.

Wow. Summer is Almost Here!

Excuse me! It’s May NEXT WEEK???? Really?

Unreal.

This winter and spring just flew by. We really didn’t even have a winter here in Texas. It went straight from Fall to Spring so that’s really has everyone messed up.

In the mean time, Julie and I celebrated 13 years of marriage bliss and we are getting real close, finally, to getting our son Zane home from South Korea. Adoption process is coming to a close. Updates can be found here http://luvfromasia.blogspot.com/. Girls are closing in on 11 years old and Quinn is nearing 9.

Big news this spring so far, outside of Zane, was two weeks ago Quinn ended up back at Cook Children’s for emergency surgery on his stomach! Thankfully, it all went well and he is back at home recovering. Gonna miss the rest of baseball season though and he is bummed about that. He is loving playing. Might get a few of the last games in. He did get the game ball from the team last week. His team is awesome. Such great little dudes. Remind me of Sandlot group.

Girls finish their last weekend of soccer at Ridge Sports today. Very sad. Such a fun little team and four years has gone by incredible fast. They are hoping to play more somewhere else. They have gotten pretty good at it too!

Sports is in full gear outside of football, with the Stars in the hunt for another Stanley Cup and the Astros and Rangers getting into the baseball season.

This summer is going to be all about Zane, we hope….we are so ready to get this stage our life with him here and behind us!

 

These Holidays Are Special

Two months ago I wasn’t sure what to expect when Grandma Kat was diagnosed with a ruptured appendix and ended up having a big chunk of her intestines taken out. She is 92 after all. Was thinking this might be it…

Yet, just yesterday she was there at home for our annual Thanksgiving lunch. What a blessing. God is good and He must still have something for her to do!

This year has been a challenge for sure, but at the same time it has gone fast with many new things taking place. We are down to the final stages of adopting another child and we hope to have him home sometime in early to mid 2016. I still can’t believe my girls are 10 and Quinn is halfway to 9! How is it that it has already been 7 years since we went to Korea to bring him home!? Now we are looking at going back soon to bring Zane home. Wow. Time does fly.

We spent yesterday with Julie’s parents and her sister’s family down from Iowa. That was a ton of fun too. Really love those people and the kids got to spend some much needed time with their cousins!

I am learning in my “old age” that life is to be cherished and it is certainly more important than money, success or fame.

I am just glad we had another great Thanksgiving with Grandma. You never know how many of those special times you get in life.

 

Kids Start New Journey

Hard to believe it, but school has started back up, temps are down, football is back and Christmas is about 90 days away.

This year is the first year our kids started home schooling too. So far, so good. They are getting into a groove and Julie is getting the hang of it this first go around. Their social life is busy too with new baseball and soccer seasons in full swing, with Friday co-op school and Wednesday church group activities. The great thing about it is they get done early, schedules are flexible so I can see them more and they get to focus on what needs to be focused on.

Quinn started real baseball this fall and is doing great. So good for him too. Girls started soccer this morning. They love it and they love their coach. She’s great!

Now real updates on things with Zane in a while. We are “in line” and waiting at this point. We do get to start sending care packages though! Can’t wait to go over there and bring him home.

So glad to have football back though my Astros and Rangers are doing great and battling it out this year. But let’s go Bears and let’s go Cowboys!

My name is Brady Speers and life is good!

A Decade of Kids

It was 10 years ago that there was a moment in time in which we weren’t sure we were going to be parents of twins after all. Chloe was pulled out of Julie’s belly pale and without a speck of life in her body.

Time stopped. I still choke up thinking about it a decade later.

Thank God she finally breathed.

I told myself right then and there that nothing else would ever be has hard as those few minutes and the next few days were. Everything else that tries to stress me out? Meh. Sorry. Try again. I nearly watched my child die so you ain’t got nothing on me.

Here we are. Ten years later. Twin girls turning 10, a boy that’s 8 and another boy on the way that’s about to be three. (Yea, it’s not that Julie is 36 months pregnant – we are adopting again).

Being a parent is hard, but frankly, if I wasn’t one I am not sure what I’d live for. Life would be absent of poopy diapers, vomit stains, category 5 fits, buck teeth, braces, farts and burps, disney channel, the Wiggles, wrong wordings like saying “Home Peepo”, runs for donuts, six flags rides, disney world and mickey mouse, animated films, picking out puppy dogs, piles of stuffed animals, legos, luvies, cuddles, every light being left on all day – everyday, growing pains, driveway play time, bike rides, beach trips, girl drama, boy drama, outfit and hair drama, night time prayers and tuck-ins, fun Skype calls, tears over a pet, Teen Beach Movie, chasing dogs down the road because of an open door, singing “poop goes in the potty” while driving up Mt. Evans, Christmas morning present blitzes, sleepovers, camps, puppet talks with Alfred and Mustard, ice cream runs, cookies at 1o, the little gym, dressing like cows for free food, Fruit Loops, snow cones, all in one bed moments, made up Mickey stories, tickle fights, laser tag, city tours, silly faces and made up songs like “Bad Butt”.

I could go on, but it’s already 1:00 in the morning. Yea, this is about the only quiet time you get as a dad.

But when they’re grown and gone, I know I will wish it be this way again. Hopefully we will have decades down the road of peace and quiet. For now, I’ll take getting 5 ours of sleep a night, working my rear off to pay for the braces, and dealing with the 30 minute eating out debates.

For 10 years now Julie and I have lived the family life in full throttle mode. Sure we could be a lot richer and our retirement accounts might set the world on fire. But for now, my answer is “all of the above” and I wouldn’t change it for the world.