Sunday, April 07, 2013

Celebrating Even When It's Hard...

Our Macy (waiting in Haiti) turned three on Friday. 

Words can't begin to describe the feeling of knowing your child is having a birthday... and yet you're not with them, not even in the same country as them, and cannot celebrate or see them on their special day.

So in order to stay connected, and to help with those feelings of not doing "something" and letting the kids feel a part of the process, we decided to have a birthday party.  We invited some friends and their kids, I looked up some very fun ideas on Pinterest (of course!), and we planned!

Macy's orphanage is called Rainbow of Love.  In addition, I found a very fitting saying that spoke volumes to where we are trying to keep our heads in this time of waiting.  Combined we created the following invitation and celebration...

Cheesecake covered with frosting and then rainbow Sixlets.

Two layer white polka dot cake with vanilla frosting.

Rainbow trifle!  White cake colored purple, blueberries, Green colored cream (mix of white chocolate pudding and cool whip), white cake colored yellow, orange colored cream, and strawberries... YUM!

We had great weather so the kids were able to play outside.  It was so special to be able to share this day with some friends who "get it" and who care enough to come and celebrate with us.  If my house was bigger I would've invited even more!  (I kind of overdid it on the food!!!)  We are so blessed to have so many special people in our lives!


What a sweet idea... I may have to steal it as our little one has a birthday coming up this month...

maureen said...

Lisa, I think this was such a wonderful way to celebrate your darling Macy's birthday! She is such a lucky girl to have such a loving and fun family to come home to! I know the waiting is hard, but you are making the most of it!
I was just reading this scripture, right before I read your post, Proverbs 16:3.


hannah said...

That's an awesome idea! =)

Btw, how did you make the invite? It's so cute!

Lisa said...

Hi Hannah! Really I most likely could've made one similar on Photoshop Elements, BUT I happened upon this one on Etsy and purchased it from someone else who sold it as an image I then had printed. :) LOVED them!

Lisa said...

I have to say too though that I chose the wording for the invite myself! :)

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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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