Our Birthday Girl

Our hearts were filled with joy to see our little girl celebrate her birthday with us. She had experienced one birthday celebration before in her life when all of the children at her orphanage had a joint birthday party. She doesn’t remember another birthday.

The excitement had been building for well over a week. Each morning she would run to the refrigerator to count the days on the big calendar until her birthday would be here. Our children get a “friends party” when they are five, ten and fifteen. We started that tradition years ago and it has worked well for us because it allows us to really enjoy doing a big bash for one of our children. For a long time we had only one “friends party” each year. Since K. had already missed her fifth birthday with us, she had a very simple “friends party” last Friday. A., I. and one of A’s friends oversaw the games which they planned themselves. Then K. opened her gifts and did an excellent job remembering to thank each person. We had practiced earlier in the day. All of the excitement was followed by cupcakes and ice cream.

Then she had to wait through the weekend for her real birthday. The morning began with the sweet cereal she had chosen. She picked homemade pizza and soda for dinner and chocolate cake with ice cream for dessert. She also asked to invite her three favorite “grown ups” to join us. We had a fun, fast-paced evening. She was very excited to receive more gifts! She had asked for a doll and I am so glad I got one for her because she was thrilled.

This is our traditional birthday cake photo. Can you see the excitement on her face?

It is very rare to get a photo of all of us together!

This is K’s “I’m so excited, I can hardly stand it” expression.

Over the years, we have gotten a monogrammed duffle for each of our children. They are super handy when we travel and best of all, they take up very little space when we store them. K’s favorite color is yellow.

Pizza time!

One of K’s friends planned a cute game for her “friends party”. She made a “pin the dress on K. game”. C. is holding two of the little dresses they taped on the doll.

Our glamorous girl!

Thank you for sharing in our happiness.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. KelseyChristine
    October 30, 2007


  2. Leslie
    November 2, 2007

    Thanks for sharing those Lisa! Her smile says it all. 🙂 Happy birthday K!!

  3. PastorMac's Ann
    November 3, 2007

    She really is lovely. Looks like she had a wonderful birthday. Thanks for sharing it with us!


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