Eight years ago, this little girl was born.
I wasn't there.
I don't know what her first cry sounded like.
I didn't get to hold her.
I'll never know for sure what medical events took place during her birth that affect her now.
This is the first photo we saw of M at the SDA in Ukraine.
I remember thinking this is the best photo you have?
when its the one thing potential parents see as they look among a stack of files, and choose a child.
She wasn't even looking at the camera.
We almost passed her file over.
Every year on her birthday as I look back at another year gone by, I think about the child she was.
She is not that child anymore.
We have had enormous struggles to be sure, but each year I look back and they are fewer.
The child in these photos has come such a long way.
Four birthdays she passed without us.
Now she's had four with us.
|Getting a makeover at Sparkle!|
|New sunglasses from her makeover.|
|She walked about 2 miles today around Broadway at the Beach.|
She was thrilled to walk around, mostly because this time she was able to walk around.
|Her birthday dress.|
She's a Mermaid Princess in case you were wondering.
|Chocolate Cake for dinner because you only turn 8 once!|