I can’t believe she is 4 already. She is still so tiny, but she has spunk! She makes up for her small size with her will to survive, her vivacity, with her spirit and curiosity, with her ability to learn, with her love and acceptance.
Today is so momentous for us and Sofie. It is her first ever birthday surrounded by love and a family. She spent three birthdays in a orphanage where they made a cake she may or may not have gotten to eat, got presents that were never really hers. Last year we had a cake for her and sent our love flying to her across the ocean. It was hard. I ached for her.
This year, I feel fulfilled. My angel is safe in my arms. With the help of friends and family I think we gave Sofie the most perfect first family birthday here in Canada. A HUGE thanks goes out to Sofie’s Music Together teacher who made an exception and led a short music class. Music class is Sofie’s most favorite thing in the world. It was perfect. Sofie was so excited to have Miss K. in her house! All the kids and their prospective parents seemed to have fun too!
We had dinner, presents then cake. The house was a little crowded but I think we made do. Sofie did really well. She was happy and engaged the whole time… until about 6:30pm but it was almost her bedtime and she’d been really stimulated for 2.5hrs. I was so proud of her! She is so amazing.