Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Birthday, Anna Kathryn!

Dear Anna Kathryn,

You are 2 years old today!  We celebrated you today:  with hugs and kisses, a cake, gifts, and more.  Even though you were sick, and we had to change our plans to have a quiet day at home, you had a great day announcing that you are now two years old!

Somehow, that seems terribly old.  Mommy thinks time is slipping by too fast.  

Two years ago, it was all different for all of us.  Daddy and I spent the day with family, at your cousin Natalie's memorial service.  It was such a sad day... we cried a thousand tears.  Halfway around the world, just as we said goodbye to our sweet Natalie, you were born.  Your Aunt Hillary and I believe she was watching over you as you were born, and as your China mommy said goodbye to you, and as you waited to be found.  We all lost part of our family that day, and yet, there was so much for us all to gain in the future.  God had a very specific plan for us to become a family.  Today I spent time talking with you a bit, about your China mommy and daddy, and how I think they are thinking of you today. How could they not?   I thought of them all day long.  I wish they could know what a wonder you are. 

There were a few rather sassy moments today that may not bode well for the days to come, but I'm blaming that on the fever and yucky congestion.  You definitely like to share your opinion and assert your independence whenever possible nowadays.  You are helpful and sweet, and proudly ask for things by saying "please," "thank you," and even responding "yes, ma'am."  You love reading books, and constantly demand, "Read, Mommy!"  I happily oblige.  Your babies are your favorite plaything these days, and you take very good care of them (other than letting them hang out naked a lot of the time!).   Bobo, your lovey, is always with you in any situation.  He is basically a member of the family these days.   You already know your colors, that "A" is for Anna, and how to jump very high.  

You are the utter delight of your daddy and me, every day.  What joy to celebrate you in a special way today!

Love, Mommy  

Pictures to come...

7 comments:

Kristi said...

Happy Birthday to a precious child of God!
I have chills reading about the connection...

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Anna kathryn

Karen and Joe C

David,Lois,Austin, Darrell & Leila said...

Oh so very nice. I love it.
Happy Birthday Anna Kathryn.

Anonymous said...

the pictures of the girls are great~~what fun!! ~~happy birthday to Anna Kathryn, oh! and a belated birthday wish for you Kimberly~~Re Re

Anonymous said...

Anna Kathryn, you are living proof of our loving God.

Pop-pop

E said...

Wow, I never knew of the connection. It is bittersweet but such a work of God. Happy birthday A.K.!

The Gang's Momma said...

Happy B'day AK! So delighted to have you as part of our extended China family :) Hope your day was perfect, minus the snuffies and stuff.

What a beautiful letter. Your mama has a gift with words :)