Thursday, August 16, 2012

Birthday Time

We have a birthday girl in the house!

Can it REALLY be that she is 11 years old today?!  I know I say and think the same every single year, but really, how does time move so FAST!?

My dear Olivia... where to even begin...
You were such a peanut when you came to live with me at 3 1/2 years old.

And even then, with all you had been through, you smiled.

That same smile you smile today, almost always.

And although you have your ups and downs, 
it's mostly time to smile and look at life in a positive way.

You say often you don't know where you'd be if you weren't adopted. 
That adoption saved you.

Little did you realize I think the very same thing.
Where would I be if I hadn't adopted you?
You have taught me more about forgiveness and love and perseverance 
than I ever could have learned any other way.

You are a guiding light in our family.
Keep on shining!
And happy 11th!


Kathy C. said...

Happy birthday!

maureen said...

Happy Birthday to Olivia! I can't believe she is 11 already! She is so beautiful and full of God's light!

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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!

Olivia - 14

Olivia - 14

Braeden - 11

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