Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Birthday, Baby K


Today is Baby K's first birthday. It has been difficult to think of much else today, since we would have really liked it if she were here to celebrate her birthday with us.

The wait has not been too bad until this last week. Probably because we've both been so busy since we got back from Kaluga that we haven't really had time to process all that happened yet. What with the LONG trip home, and then being sick as soon as we got home, in many ways it has felt like I just woke up from this very strange dream in which I dreamed I have a baby in Russia!

I know that we haven't waited a long time, especially compared with many other families, and I can't imagine how difficult this is (or has been for them). My prayers are with all of you who are still waiting for your child to be a part of your family. I will have to say that THIS waiting, between first and second trips, is different from waiting for the first trip to even happen. In some ways, this is easier--we know what we're waiting for, and why we're waiting. On the other hand, there are ways in which it is more difficult--we know her now, and in some ways don't understand why she isn't already here. I know that, perhaps just a year from now, we'll look back on all this and say that it was just part of the process, but now it is just not that much fun at all.

So, Happy Birthday, baby K. Know that there is a family who wishes you were here, and who can't wait to get you home so that you can blow out your candles, eat cake, and be loved and hugged to pieces!

12 comments:

Kristine said...

Happy Birthday you beautiful little baby girl!!!

I can't wait until you come home and get to finally be with your new Mommy and Daddy...who have been waiting a VERY long time for you.

Ok...wasn't it this time last year you and I were switching agencies? I wonder if you checked to see any dates and timelines to compare when you made some calls and her birthday...God just works out all the details...

Troy and Rachel said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet baby K. Hoping you hear news about trip 2 soon!

the7houks said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet little angel baby!
Michelle

Laura said...

Happy, happy birthday, sweet K! I love the sneak peak photo...and just can't wait to see the rest of her.

Blessings to you during this wait -- we know the feeling all too well. But, oh --- the reward is GREAT!

~Laura :)

Barb said...

Happy Birthday Baby K!! I know your Mommy and Daddy are very anxious for you to come HOME!

Christy said...

Love your blog!
I am almost through with my homestudy and the agency we are signing with works in Kaluga. Can I ask you a few questions? I can give you my email.
thanks
christy

Carolynn and Steve said...

Christy--
My email is crburbee@yahoo.com. I'll try to answer any and all questions that you have, if I can!

Joy said...

Sending your little one a big fat birthday wish. Her hands are sweet looking. I just can not believe that you are inbetween trips. You are so right it is different.
Joy

Carolynn and Steve said...

Kristine,

Totally time-wise a God thing--we signed our contract with CSS on October 21; K was born 4 days earlier. I'm not sure when the "decision" was made, but God does, and yeah, God does work out all the details!

Kim Abraham said...

Happy Birthday baby K! It won't be much longer now until you are in your mom and dad's loving arms!

I remember when Lexi had her 1st birthday in Russia without us. We had four months in between trips and that week was by hard the hardest. But it also made her 2nd birthday even more special. Hang in there!

Jeanette said...

I just found your blog. I hope your journey is coming to a close soon. Baby K has a great bday!!!! It's mine too! Good luck!

Annie said...

I feel like you've waited FOREVER! I'm so glad I "tuned in" again to find that all is well. Frankly, I was not checking your blog much because I'd get so depressed. All's wonderful with the world now.