Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Double Digits

Man, that title could really cover a lot of things, couldn't it!? LOL

But, for our family, it means that my "little" girl isn't so little today... she's turning TEN!

And what a beautiful young lady she's turning out to be!

I'll never forget how tiny, and welcoming, and open she was upon joining our family at 3 1/2.

She still has the biggest smile I've ever seen.

And the personality to pull it off.

She helps out, and tries hard, and cares more than most.

I love that on her birthday trip, her most favorite part was simply riding in a taxi!

I love how she didn't complain one bit about walking non-stop for three days,
just so mom could make sure she saw as MUCH of NYC as possible.

I love her heart.
I love her naivete that she still carries with her.
I love her generous spirit.
I love her compassion.

I love that her shirt says,
"Because I knew you,
I have been changed

Because that's how anyone who's met her feels.

Happy TENTH Birthday Olivia!
May your next decade be even better than your first!


:)De said...

Happy Happy Birthday, Olivia!!!

Tiffany said...

What a beautiful girl! Happy birthday to your, Olivia!!

Renee said...

Oliva, yesterday I found out when I get to see my daughter for the first time ever. Yesterday was a blessed day...come to find out it was your birthday as well. God sure thinks alot about August 16th. Hope your day was wonderful! Happy Birthday!

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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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