happy birthday deacon! deacon turns 5 today. we celebrated with a big party on sunday and those pics will follow later. to catch you up to speed, here are some birthday pasts.
The blog has been quiet lately, and I wanted to share a pic and say hello. I don’t post very often, as this had turned into “Margo’s world” but the original intent was for this to be a family style blog. I’m afraid that life is moving fast and these days of preschool life will be gone and forgotten. So the pic is a reminder and an update so you can see them in their element. This was taken outside the Houston museum of natural history not long ago, during one of our excursions. We are members there and enjoy the butterflies, dinosaurs, and hands on science experiments. Deacon usually tries to stop this globe from turning, but never does. (interesting metaphor about the time thing)
This is a video I recorded on March 4, 2010 while touring Trinity Cathedral in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. We were very fortunate to hear the cantor and chorus rehearsing the deggua or “church song” in the cathedral. The video also shows the beautiful stained glass windows and the tomb of Haile Selassie.
The sacred music of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church is very old. The hymnary is attributed to Saint Yared, a scholar who lived in Aksum in the 6th century. This is perhaps the most astonishing thing about our journey toward adoption because Deacon’s “finding place” was in front of Saint Yared Music School in Addis Ababa in 2006. I don’t think it was a coincidence that my profession/livelihood/calling happens to be church music and that is where Deacon was found! That news was an epiphany for me. Just as God had used music in my life to bring me into the faith and into a relationship with Him as an adopted son, God used a music school to make me a father and teach me about faith, love, and hope.
how do i slow this aging process down? any tips? because i swear i’ll wake up tomorrow and he’ll be at college.
we listen to Randall Goodgame’s slugs and bugs cd constantly in my car. here is deacon singing a little bit of one of the songs. please note that at the end of the video, deacon refuses to share his ‘stage’ with masamo. do not climb up!!!
do not ask why his shirt is like that. do not ask what language he is singing in. just enjoy the spirit of the video.
This is a music video I made for the last song on my EP called “Hello.” The song is about the day we met Deacon. I used video and photos from that day to help tell the story. Deacon was home the moment he was placed in our arms. And everything did change from that moment on. You can get this song and the others at http://claytonfaulkner.com
deacon really is one in a million.
two sundays ago at church they brought the 2/3 year olds up to sing some christmas tunes. i stayed hidden in the crowd and let his teachers try and keep him in his seat. but when they got on stage i moved closer to get some pictures. in my defense, i forgot that they were singing this sunday. hence deacon’s blue tshirt.
deacon not only sticks out because of my poor wardrobe planning, but he also was more interested in talking to that little boy next to him, jumping around on stage and then as soon as he saw me, running off the stage. oh well. i love that he was the only one clapping while he was singing.
i also had to take this pictures with my iphone because i forgot my real camera at home. again, i was not prepared for deacon’s first onstage experience.
deacon’s new fave show is ‘dinosaur train’ on pbs. i love it because it teaches him words like ‘triceratops’ and hearing him try to say that makes me smile.
i also love it because the main dino family is a multi-cultural (species?) family. description from pbs:
Dinosaur Train embraces and celebrates the fascination that preschoolers have with both dinosaurs and trains. The series encourages basic scientific thinking and skills as the audience learns about life science, natural history and paleontology. Each of the 40 half-hour episodes features Buddy, an adorable preschool age Tyrannosaurus Rex, and his adoptive Pteranodon family as they board the Dinosaur Train and embark on whimsical voyages through prehistoric jungles, swamps, volcanoes and oceans. The episodes include two 11-minute animated stories, along with brief live action segments hosted by renowned paleontologist Dr. Scott Sampson, that unearth basic concepts in life science, natural history and paleontology.
my favorite part of the opening theme song is when buddy (the adopted t rex) asks ‘what am i doing in a pteranodon nest?’ and the mom says, ‘this is your family and i’m your mom. you may be different, but we’re all creatures. all dinosaurs have different features.’
i don’t want to make try and make this deeper than it really is, but i love that adoption is showing up in educational cartoons. i also love that this 30 posts in 30 days is making everyone blog like crazy. keep it up!