Sunday, June 7, 2015

Never celebrated

Alex and Yana were amazed by the plastic table cloth and recycled "happy birthday" sign.

 During the last week of May, my 12 year old daughter became a teenager. 

During the last week of May, my daughter celebrated her birthday for the first time.

She waited 13 years for a family to love her. 13 years for someone to celebrate her. 13 years for someone to bake her a cake. 

13 years for someone to sing her Happy Birthday so she can blow out candles.

Of course there were presents too. 
I gave Lily and Elliot 5 dollars each and Alex 10 dollars and took them to "the Walmart." 

Lily and Elliot are use to this activity, as we do this for every holiday, 
from Christmas to Fathers day.

 Elliot bought Yana a pool noodle. Lily bought her a Husky figurine, her favorite dog. 

Alex really struggled with the concept of buying for someone else. " I don't know," he kept telling Adam and I.

I asked Alex if he had ever wished his sister Happy Birthday, he laughed a curious laugh and said "no," like it was a trick question. 

He paced up and down the florescent lit aisles looking for a birthday present for his sister.

He vanished for awhile, but came back a few moments later holding the perfect gift.

In this house, we celebrate first thing in the morning because, well, who wants to wait for cake?

 She was chosen.
"You did not choose me, but I chose you ..."
John 15:16

Bed head

Never again will she spend her birthday alone. Never again will she not be celebrated.

We have so much catching up to do...

What did mom and dad get her???
Her ears pierced, and of course, earrings.


  1. Great post! I hope you keep blogging--everyone stops when they come home, but there is so much to be learned from the adjustment period.. God bless you and your family!

    1. Thank you, it is so much harder to post now that there home. There are drfinetly good and bad days but it has become normal

  2. Thank you for continuing to post!! I have prayed for y'all every step of the way, and it is so wonderful to see these posts. ~Jennifer P.