This is the beautiful birthday girl today.
In this picture she had recently turned 6, today she turns 8.
Two years ago, Jon and I were blessed to have two extra little ones in our house for a summer. Their Mother was ill, so they needed a place to stay for a little while. It was a CRAZY summer, as Jon had just started a new job, we moved to a new town, and all of a sudden we had a 3 month old, 2.5 year old, and a 6 year old. Ok, crazy I'm not sure really covers how different that summer was for us, but even with all the craziness and changes, I wouldn't have given up that summer for anything.
It is hard to believe it has been almost two years since they were here with us.
Caleb still talks about them like he was playing with them just last week.
Tonight we were fortunate to briefly talk on the phone with the birthday girl and it brought tears to my eyes. I miss her and her brother so much. Caleb was upset too. So upset that he barely talked to her because he started getting teary-eyed. It's amazing how much impact they had on Caleb, even though he was so young. It's amazing how much they had an impact on Jon and I in such a small amount of time.
The kids stayed with us for just over two months. Even though it was a short time, and even though I know they are not "my" children.... they will forever be my children. They have a place in my heart that is there until I die. These children will be prayed for and loved a hundred times over for years and years to come. I so wish I was closer so I could give her the biggest birthday hug and kiss.
Miss Birthday Girl - We love you!!!
Know that you are forever in our hearts :)
Mara, Jon, & Caleb