Monday, November 03, 2008
Baby Bug is turning 1 year old soon.
Baby Bug will be turning 1 year old this Saturday and, although her mom has called a few times since she was returned home, we haven't seen an invitation to her first birthday party in our mailbox as we were told we would.

I know, I shouldn't have expected it and I guess I really didn't, but that doesn't stop me from feeling sad about the reality that we won't get to be a part of her first birthday or anything else for that matter.  

During one of these phone conversations with Baby Bug's mom, I mentioned that we'd like to give Baby Bug a photo album as a gift from know, the hard bound kind that you can make on Snapfish.  She seemed truly excited by the idea and told me that it'd be a perfect gift because they don't have many decent pictures of Baby Bug, especially during the time she was with us.   We took a ton of pictures of Baby Bug to capture her beautiful smile!

Despite the fact that it appears we won't be seeing Baby Bug on her first birthday, I've still designed  and ordered the photo book.  I'll just mail it to them.  I was careful to include only pictures of Baby Bug on her own or with her parents (we took some pictures of the 3 of them together), so it would be a book all about her and not at all about us.

I just don't want Baby Bug to have this glaring gap in her life history from 3 weeks to 9 months old, especially when we have cute pictures to commemorate those months for her.

Yes, I know it's obvious that after 3 months of her being gone, I still miss her. Most days I'm fine and keep busy with our other two little ones, but every now and then, I'm reminded of Baby Bug in some small way.  Her upcoming 1st birthday is actually a rather large reminder.

((sigh))  I pray for her happiness often.

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At 5:11 AM, Blogger heidi @ ggip said...

That is an incredibly thoughtful gift! One day she will realize who must have made it for her.

I'm sure you do miss her and will continue to.

At 6:57 AM, Blogger Guenivere said...

Your post gave me goose bumps. You are such a wise and selfless woman with such a big heart. You are a blessing to those that love and cherish you and the ones that have found a little window in to your life.

Big hugs and peace to you,
Jen O.

At 11:07 AM, Blogger Carey said...

I think that is a wonderful gift for her. Maybe add a personal note in your handwriting, that can be ticked into the album, for her to read when shes older, as a reminder of the love that was given to her.
I pray she has a happy birthday.

At 9:51 PM, Blogger Forgetfulone said...

Awww. That's a sweet thing to do. The layout of this photo looks so pretty.

At 9:19 AM, Blogger Lovn Livn said...

God will bless you for giving of yourself to these children who are so in need. I will be praying for you. I found your site from Jen's.

At 11:21 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

I'm so sorry that Baby Bug's mom hasn't kept her promise to invite your family to celebrate Baby Bug's first birthday with them. I know you were so looking forward to being able to share in that milestone and she had led you to believe that would happen. It would seem when you brought up the present you wanted to give that would have been the opportunity she could have taken to invite you personally. I'm sorry.

I'm sure Baby Bug will come to treasure that photo album of the first year of her life so lovingly created by you.


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