Friday, May 31, 2013


Viewing the world through the eyes of your child is one of the greatest joys of parenthood. But viewing it through the eyes of a child who never had anything – who spent her first two years in an institution – is really beyond description. It changes who you are.

This week Charlotte went on her first family vacation. We spent a week in Myrtle Beach, and it was the thrill of a lifetime to watch our sweet girl experience so many firsts!

And to top off this wonderful week of firsts ... we celebrated Charlotte's first birthday. Today she turned three years old, but it was the first time to celebrate with a family. 

One year ago we had a cake sent to Charlotte's orphanage for her 2nd birthday. It was so hard to be a world away from her on her birthday.

What a difference a year makes! Charlotte was so excited that her family was celebrating her!!

Look at that smile! 

Happy birthday, dear Charlotte! We love you!!!