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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

My baby girl is eight!
Wow...eight.
When 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. Six years later, she's grown into a beautiful, sweet, smart, caring, compassionate 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 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.

Happy Birthday Anya!

7 salty messages:

Kathy and Matt November 7, 2008 at 11:18 AM  

What a blessing she is in your lives! It's fun to see her younger pictures and then look at the sweet young girl she's grown into.

Enjoy this special day!

mrsbroccoliguy November 7, 2008 at 12:01 PM  

Happy Birthday Anya!! What a lucky blessed mama you are to have such a sweet adorable little girl. :-)

Tina in CT November 7, 2008 at 2:17 PM  

What a lovely blog. She is so pretty and I'll enjoy the pictures as she grows into a teenager. Shad will have to fight off the teenage boys as she is a beauty.

Debbie November 7, 2008 at 2:19 PM  

Happy, happy birthday! What a wonderful tribute to how God brings families together and how love allows us all to bloom.

Rachael November 7, 2008 at 2:43 PM  

Happy Birthday, Anya!

It was fun to see the early pics and hear the story of when you met.

adoptedthree November 7, 2008 at 7:30 PM  

AWWW I so understand the baby pics and then her growing up out of Nowhere!!!
Happy Bday Anya
and happy she got older day (:() mom!

Leanna

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