Sunday, November 16, 2008
A special birthday celebration
We got to be a part of a very special birthday celebration this evening!  Baby Bug's parents sent us an invitation to attend her first birthday party.  It was held at one of those pizza places so it was noisy, chaotic, and fun!

Baby Bug looked so adorable in her party dress with her hair done up in two little pigtails and a birthday crown perched atop her head.

It's confirmed, Baby Bug still remembers us.  She came willingly to both Oronzo and I at her party tonight and she smiled every time she saw us.  She gave Snuggle Bug and Boo hugs and kisses whenever either of them were near enough for her to reach out and grab them!  

Baby Bug had a wonderful turnout for her party.  We got to meet some of her extended family and lots of family friends!  It was a bit weird when Baby Bug's parents introduced us as "the foster parents" and we had people from the group coming up and thanking us and telling us they were so happy to meet us but everyone was really nice.

The photo book that we gave Baby Bug and her parents as a birthday gift was a big hit!  Baby Bug's mom teared up a bit as she looked at it and said, "Finally, she has a baby book!"  The book was passed amongst the crowd and admired.

We also gave them a DVD copy of nearly every digital picture that we took of Baby Bug during the time she was with us (I believe there were about 200 pictures) so that they could have as many reprints made as they wanted.  Baby Bug's dad thought that was really neat and said his parents were going to be thrilled to be able to sit down and look through the pictures of her as a tiny baby.

I'm so glad I decided on the photo book and picture DVD.  Baby Bug's parents were happy to get a bit of Baby Bug's history given to them and we were happy to share.

So, it really happened, even when I doubted it would.  We got to attend Baby Bug's 1st birthday party!  It was wonderful!  I was so happy we were able to be a part of that!

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9:05 PM

At 10:07 PM, Blogger Kelli said...

What a special blessing for you all today! I was so happy to see the title of the post on my nloglines, I just KNEW what it was!

Know that you have had an impact on their lives. One that NO ONE else could have had.

Be blessed sweet frined!

At 8:02 AM, Blogger T with Honey said...

I know that this journey has been very difficult for you at times but this shows how much of a blessing you have been to Baby Bug and her family. I am very glad to see that things have worked out so well and that you have found such happiness!

At 8:57 AM, Blogger Sally said...

I'm so glad you got to go to the party. And those are amazing gifts you gave to them. Happy Birthday Baby Bug!

At 9:30 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

I am so very happy for you guys. I am glad this actually happened I know how much you wanted it. The gift was great! I couldn't imagine not having a photo record of my childs life. When our youngest baby was born the card reader erased the photos from the memory drive they contained pictures from several months of my children including Easter but also the photos of the baby just after birth, a video of her right after birth, and the photos of her siblings meeting her for the first time. My Daddy was able to recover some including the video but I cried so hard when I discovered what had happened. I think that you gave the perfect gift.

At 12:20 PM, Blogger heidi @ ggip said...

excellent! not much more to say than that!

At 10:38 AM, Blogger Mississippi Songbird said...

Happy Birthday, Baby Bug!

At 9:03 PM, Blogger Ms. Kathleen said...

I am so very, very happy for you all...How wonderful! What a blessing and fantastic gifts! Hugs!

At 6:32 AM, Blogger Lovingmyamazinglife said...

Thats really neat,I am glad you all had that day together.

At 9:43 AM, Blogger Cris said...

What a blessing... I am so happy for you!

At 10:39 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

Speaking of birthdays ...

I finally got your review up. I'm SO sorry it took me so long. I've got a dozen excuses - but it doesn't matter - I should've have gotten it done soon. I apologize.

Thanks again for the clippies! I adore them!

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Heather said...

I'm so happy that you were able to go to the party and that it went well. What a wonderful affirmation of the love you showed to Baby Bug and her family.

At 8:54 PM, Blogger Michelle said...

how wonderful that they did include you guys in Baby Bugs first birthday celebration! I know how much that meant to you; and they'll treasure your gift of the photo album for years and years!


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