Ella's Fourth Birthday Party in China - November 8, 2007
Ella wakes up everyday and asks "Is it my birthday, Momma?"
To which I reply "No honey, not today."
And then, like every other day, we start the process of planning her birthday party.
We go through the list of people who are going to be invited to her birthday.
We talk about what kind of cake she is going to have.
We discuss the games that will be played.
We mull over the pinata choice.
We take a strategic approach about which princess dress she should wear.
Ella's birthday is not until November 8th, but she has attended many birthday parties since she came home 10 months ago and desperately wants to have a birthday party.
I am sure in her little mind, she thinks that November 8th will never come.
As her mom, I am not ready to have another birthday party.
I can not image that any type of birthday celebration will compare to her last birthday party. We were in China and Ella had only been in my arms for 4 days.
We were wild in love with this child; she laughed at everything and out giggled her daddy.
Our wonderful guide Jocelyn, helped us order a cake.
We were having a group dinner the night of Ella's birthday and I wanted everyone to sing Happy Birthday to our little girl.
I will never forget the moment the cake was placed in front of Ella, laughing at the fire on the candles, singing and watching her blow out the candles.
The moment is one that I will treasure forever.
Being in China-Ella's homeland, with this precious daughter of mine, surrounded by a fantastic group of people, celebrating her fourth birthday and a new beginning.
For me, November 8th will come soon enough.