Saturday, August 16, 2008

Birthday Girl

The uploading this week for our Wish Trip posts has been crazy. With dial up it takes 1-2 hours per night to work on these silly posts! :) So, I'm sorry to say that with only one day left to write about, I have to tangent tonight!

Today is Olivia's SEVENTH birthday!!! I can't believe she's already seven! Where does the time go? I will never forget the looks of excitement and adventure on her and her brother's faces when they walked up the sidewalk to my house the day she came to live with me in March of 2005. She was 3 1/2 and oh so cute! :) Unfortunately her brother doesn't live with us now, you can read more about him in these posts: Brother 1 Brother 2 We haven't seen him since Oct of 2006. Not by our choice.

This amazing little girl became "mine" forever on Sept 20, 2007 and I am in amazement that God has given me such a wonder to inspire and guide me on this path of parenthood. To give you an example of some of her outlooks, even with all she has been through and goes through, yesterday she said to me, "Mom, I'm glad you're a mom who doesn't do all that bad stuff like smoking." She cracks me up, but she says little things like this often, letting me in a little at a time to all that she has been through and all that she thinks about and still trys to process.

Happy Birthday Princess Olivia! May this next year be even more amazing than the last!

(Her new pajamas say "Hand Picked" - I love them! :) )


Torina said...

Happy birthday, Olivia!

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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!

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