Sunday, April 06, 2014

Another Year

Birthdays mean another year has passed.  The child/person is 365 days older than the last time you said Happy Birthday and celebrated their special day.  In adoption, the birthday of a child who is "yours" in mind and love and somewhat on paper, can also mean another year without them.  Another year where they are growing up without a family.  As good as an orphanage can be, and I know Macy is in a good one and is very well cared for, it still cannot replace the love of a family.  And Macy was another year older yesterday.  We first received her referral and pictures and information in January 2013.  She turned three that April.  She turned four yesterday.  Time passing is hard when that person is not with you.  Harder still when you know that you have known of this little person for over 1/4 of their life and it's being lived without you.

But we celebrate her.  We celebrate the life she has led.  The life she will lead.  And we await the day we can share this with her, show her the pictures of the parties we held in her honor.  And throw her her own very first ever birthday party once she's home!

 Happy Birthday Macy!!!  We were glad to celebrate early with you while in Haiti!!!

Dress handmade by my friends at The Crazy Kukla Boutique!


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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

Braeden - 11

Liam - 9

Liam - 9

Macy - 5

Macy - 5

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• 50 million orphans in Africa 
• Every 14 seconds a child is orphaned by AIDS
• 16,000,000 have been orphaned by AIDS
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Little Did I Know

Little did I know that the road would be so rocky
Little did I know that the trip would take so long
Little did I know that my heart could hurt so much
Little did I know that God is never wrong

Little did I know that love could be so powerful
Little did I know that a dream so far could go
Little did I know that God would place the right ones
Little did I know that my heart, so large, could grow

Little did I know that a dream has it’s own timing
Little did I know that this day would finally come
Little did I know that four souls would be sent to guide me
Little did I know that they would choose to call me mom

But God knew all along and He had a plan to follow
God knew all along that my dream would soon come true
God knew all along that we five should be together
God knew all along that I’d share it all with you