Today is a day of mixed emotions for me, and I am sure it is for you too. One one hand, I am so thankful that this will be your last birthday without knowing your family (or at least, I pray it is!!!). On the other hand, I am sad that you are celebrating without us. I wish that we could be there, or at least send you a gift. I hope that they are celebrating you today and the amazing little girl that you are. I hope that they are letting you know how very loved you are. In honor of your birthday, we are going to the store to buy books to donate to the orphanage in your name. We will work on getting them translated to the language they speak at your orphanage, though I know that they also speak English to you there a bit. We plan to bring them with us when we come to bring you home. We hope that you have a special birthday and we pray that you will be celebrating the next one at home with us. Five years without a family is five years too long, but we are doing everything to make sure this is your last year alone. We love you VERY much and cannot wait to bring you home!!
Mommy, Daddy, Conner, and Madi