I remember 5 years ago on May 26th, 2007. I was at my niece’s graduation camping experience with my entire family. We were having the time of our lives. Biking, hiking, roasting marshmallows, swimming, talking, sharing…it was a wonderful day!
Except for that deep void I felt in my heart. That sadness that made me want to cry, despite the fun we were having.
I was missing somebody that day. Someone who had captured my heart and who God had made to be my daughter.
She was in a foster home in Wuhan, China. And it was her 2nd birthday.
I had so wanted to be able to have her in my arms on her birthday! My heart ached!
Thankfully, just two months later, I DID have her in my arms…sweet Kimmie. (and her brother Quan!) and of course, God’s timing was perfect.
So on May 26th, 2012, we celebrated Kimmie’s 7th birthday, and her 5th birthday with us. And let me tell you, I treasure our birthdays with Kimmie just as much as I did the first year we were together!
I asked Kimmie if she wanted me to wake her up extra early, when the sun woke up. I told her we could go on the beach together, just the two of us, and hunt for seashells. She was DELIGHTED.
At 6:20 a.m. on her 7th birthday, I gently shook her to wake her up, and immediately she grinned a HUGE grin and got right up. We had a special time together…momma and daughter and Jesus. As we walked along the shore, I couldn’t help but reflect on this amazing girl God has given to us. She picked up the smallest of seashells with ease, despite her radial club hands. She is my child who dreams of being an artist when she grows up, and truly she shows incredible ability in that area. She has shown such perseverance this year as she has learned to tie her shoes, as well as crochet her little heart out.
I’m so thankful God gave her to us!
No matter how many birthdays we celebrate, rest assured that each one is even more precious than the last!