Leila fought leaving the orphanage with all her might. We were taking her away from the only life she had ever known. She cried and cried until she made herself sick, but shortly after arriving at the hotel, she started breaking down that wall she had built between us. Of course, the terrible twos set in by day four, but that's another story. :) March 22, 2004 was the day we became parents. It was everything we had dreamed about... and more.
To celebrate our fifth anniversary together as a family, we let Leila pick where she wanted to go for dinner last night. She chose Ch*eeseburger In P*aradise, primarily for the balloon artist that they have on Saturday nights. She told me that she didn't want an animal this time, she wanted a crown.
And a crown she would have. (Trust me on this one... it's a crown.) :)
"Hey, if my big sister wants a crown, I want a crown!"
My artist and her meticulous coloring.
"Hey, isn't this the way you wear a crown?"
Our server put a candle in Leila's dessert for her special day. Leila, I hope that all your wishes come true.
Mommy & Daddy know that ours already have. We are so blessed to be your parents.