Happy Birthday, baby girl!

Right about now (9 p.m. on the 16th), it is mid-morning in China, on our baby’s first birthday.  I have so many emotions thinking about her special day.  I wonder if she has loving caregivers who will celebrate her today.  I wonder if she will get to have a first bite of cake.  I wonder what big milestones I have already missed in this first year of her life.  And I wonder if there is a mother across the globe who is mourning her loss, thinking about the child that for some reason she had to abandon one year ago.

Most of all, I wonder what this day will feel like a year from now.  I’m excited to think about our family celebrating all together.  I imagine that by this time next year it will be hard to remember a time before she joined our family.  That is an encouraging thought for me right now when sometimes the wait seems endless.

I want her to know someday that although we weren’t there for her first year, her first birthday; we were already loving her, and longing for the day that she would be with us.

This is the first care package that we sent.  It had a blanket, an outfit, a pair of shamrock pajamas for our St. Patrick’s Day girl, a rattle, a toy phone that we recorded a message on, a hat, some chocolates for her nannies, some disposable cameras for the nannies to take pictures of her, and a photo album with pictures of our family.  I have no guarantee that she will get this package, but I hope so!

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6 Responses to Happy Birthday, baby girl!

  1. Cristi says:

    What a wonderful care package!!!

  2. Kemie says:

    Our other Chinese baby was born on March 16. Sophie was seven years old yesterday! I can’t wait for them to be able to celebrate together!

  3. Kristin Simmons says:

    Adoption is such an amazing blessing, oh what you’ll be able to give this beautiful girl & oh what she’ll do for y’all!!! How exciting!!! Praying for your family of 6 🙂

    Love, Kristin

  4. Laurie T. says:

    Oh you guys were born to love this baby! Love this picture and the one on the next post too!

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