Today is Miss M.'s birthday!!! Or, more accurately, her intake day. One of the sorrows of international adoption is that many times, there is no way to know the child's actual birthday. Whether it's because the birth mother was too poor (many have children in their villages) and never go to get a birth certificate or more commonly, most children are abandoned.
I think birthdays are a big deal. I get all sappy and weepy when I celebrate my loved one's birthdays because it reminds me how precious life is and how thankful I am for them! So, there is some sadness on my part that I will never know exactly how old she is and when she was actually born.
Today, she "turns" 6.
I will go to the Indian restaurant tonight and celebrate with her in my heart.
And next year? Well her birthday celebration is going to be a blowout!!! It will be a first for both of us. When I think about celebrating with her here, I get so choked up thinking about how wide-eyed she will be. I want her to feel cherished as we celebrate her life. I want her to know how thankful I am for her. But most of all, I want her to know that SHE IS LOVED.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MY SWEET PRINCESS!!