Today, Kara turns 12 - our first birthday celebration together with her as a family. Last year at this time, we were just three weeks away from travel and we missed spending her 11th birthday with her. According to Kara, this will be her first birthday celebration ever. Words such as these are hard for a mom to hear. Although I may never know, I think part of that might be due to her birthday falling so close to Children's Day - a holiday celebrated in China on June 1. I do know that Kara's foster family gave her a cake for Children's Day, as we have a photo of her with it and I incorrectly assumed it was her birthday cake. I am looking forward to making this a special day for her. It will be just us today, but she's having a small party with two of her closest friends on Saturday - one who happens to share her birthday with her. It was her choice to keep it small, so it will be small and special - just like her.
Kara - WE LOVE YOU & can't wait to celebrate your special day with you!!!
Happy Birthday, my soon-to-be sixth grader!!!