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Monday, November 5, 2007

My baby girl turned 7 today.

Wow...seven.
How did that happen?
It seems like just yesterday we met a shy, tiny toddler in a babyhouse in Russia. She was sitting across the room on a worn, wooden bench, picking dolls, horses and blocks out of a white fabric bag. Her face scrunched in concentration as she listened to what her speech teacher was saying.
Every so often she would glance our way, and then quickly go back to what she was doing...too frightened to come anywhere near us.
We slowly worked our way across the room...taking our time. Trying not to scare her...hoping she'd let us into her world.
Slowly, she opened up to us. Letting us talk to her, play with her and eventually hold her.
Right then, we knew she was the one.
The little blond-haired, blue-eyed, tiny beauty had a personality so big, my husband called her Punky.
And it stuck.
Five years later, she's grown into a beautiful, sweet, smart, caring, compassionate little girl...who still has the personality to match her nickname.
The same little girl who enjoys reading 'Ramona the Pest', playing Barbie's and loves the color pink is the same child who loves softball, thinks nothing of jumping right in on a game of tackle football with her brothers and rides her bike no-handed.
I am so grateful that God led us to her.
I'm thankful we followed our hearts, took our time and were patient.
I'm thankful we didn't put too much stock into her medical sheet which indicated she had 'issues.' (She's completely healthy.)
And I'm thrilled to pieces she let us into her world.
I am incredibly proud to call Punky my daughter.
And there is no better sound in the world than when she calls me, 'Mama.'
On our children's birthday eve, we have pie.
It's our way of celebrating their Russian-ness. We heard somewhere Russian's celebrate birthdays with pie (we have not idea whether it's true or not)...and since it's technically already their birthday in Russia, we start the celebrations early.
Soon we'll start a new tradition...with a new child.
And Punky can't wait.
She's excited beyond words to be getting a 'baby sister'.
She tells anyone she meets about her plans for what they'll do together.
And if you were here she would tell you there's only...

26 DAYS LEFT!!

10 salty messages:

Nataliya November 8, 2007 at 7:56 AM  

Happy Birthday, Punky!

I love your birthday traditions - can you believe that soon you'll be celebrating your new daughter (or son's) birthday? That's so exciting!

Troy and Rachel November 8, 2007 at 10:45 AM  

What a beautiful post about a beautiful young lady!! Happy Birthday Punky - I love the nickname!! And WOW - 26 days - how exciting!!

MoscowMom November 8, 2007 at 1:30 PM  

Congratulations to you all. She looks so, so happy... and I can just imagine how you and your husband were beaming even more as you watched her.

Gail,  November 8, 2007 at 1:38 PM  

Happy Birthday Punky!!
You Mommy and Daddy are blessed to have you for daughter.
Gail

Tonya November 8, 2007 at 4:24 PM  

Awwww:). She's so cute. I have a picture of Lyra looking out the orphanage window that looks almost exactly like the one of your daughter. Only whe was wearing winter clothes. I'll put it up soon. I am going to do a picture post of the last year since it will be a year since our meeting on November 19th.

Debbie November 8, 2007 at 5:08 PM  

Precious! Thank you for sharing. What a beautiful girl. I'm excited that she's excited for her new sister to come home! Happy birthday, Punky! :-)

Elaine November 10, 2007 at 9:16 PM  

Obviously I'm late to the party, but what adorable photos! Happy Birthday! And I really like the whole pie thing.

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