Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sweet Cheeks is 4

Birthdays around these parts are low-key. We will celebrate with cupcakes and extended family on Sunday, but today? Today our goal was just to make one little girl, freshly foured, feel like the Princess of the Palace.

I did not hang balloons or streamers or a hand-painted sign or even the Martha Steward pom poms. I did make Pillsbury Orange Rolls and stuck four candles in the tops. (Note to self: Piping hot cinnamon rolls will melt candles.) We also had watermelon (a Ruby favorite) and she was served on a special Birthday Princess plate (aka a piece of flowered, thrift-store china).

It was her idea to don the Purple Princess attire. It was perfect.

I smooched her 'til my lips hurt. And we took turns saying what we liked about Ruby the best. Calvin said "She plays with me!" Silas said "Abickabicka". I told her that she's very kind and a good helper with Siley and that I love it when she gives me hugs. Daddy likes her energetic and daring spirit.

Part of our celebration day included being lax with the PBS Kids shows. After Dinosaur Train, she opened her gift from us - a gymnastics leotard and lessons, courtesy of us and GG (Great Grandma). Her first class is next week.

She got dressed, I tamed her "Lion Hair", and she was all set for her Daddy Date to McDonalds and a matinee of Toy Story 3. Just the two of 'em.

Later this afternoon, we had another special present waiting for her, from her Birth Mama.

I read the poem and my voice cracked. Her gift was a pair of pink butterfly wings and a butterfly necklace. Her gift is a circle of family wider than most. Her gift is love from all directions that never stops circling back.

Our gift is Ruby River.

77 comments:

  1. Beautiful. It sounds like it was an all around wonderful birthday!

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  2. As an adopted baby myself, I absolutely love your words about the gift of your daughter.

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  3. I'm teary! This was a beautiful post and she is a beautiful little girl. you are blessed.

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  4. wow! this made me tear up. you are so lucky, but ruby is luckier. ;) is that even a word? ha!

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  5. I need to stay away when I have pms, you always make me cry!
    Happy Birthday to your most adorable little girl. I would love to get a nibble on those cheeks.

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  6. Love the pics, love the sentiments. Dang, she's just beautiful, inside and out. It shows.

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  7. Happy Birthday beautiful Ruby!
    Shannon have you posted the story of how Ruby knows her birth Mother? I'd love to read it if it's for all of us out here to know!
    love you,
    Jill

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  8. Big gulp... what a beauty, that Ruby River.

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  9. So precious! Happy Birthday sweet Ruby!

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  10. I love how you write. I love that she got a gift from her birth mom...and you are ok with that. I love that your gift is her!!!!

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  11. Of course, I cried. What a beautiful day and beautiful family ~ how blessed you all are.
    Happy Birthday Ruby! :)

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  12. Love the big smile she has and the boys in the background in utter awe.

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  13. I can't wait to watch Ruby grow up. I can't wait to see what/who she's gonna be. With a family like 'you's guys' she's gonna be great. She stole my heart big time when you visited. That sweet little face. Goodness sakes.

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  14. tears.
    sweet, sweet Ruby.
    happy birthday to the dear girl.
    big smiles.
    how can you NOT when you look at her!

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  15. What a beautiful Princess!! I think your celebration was just right. I like low-key and just family. :)

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  16. Oh. That picture of Ruby at the top of the post is. PRECIOUS! SO BEAUTIFUL...Happy Birthday, Ruby!
    XOXO
    Joni

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  17. You are a wonderful Mother! Happy Birthday to your baby! Four. What a FUN age!
    Have a pretty day!
    Kristin

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  18. happy birthday beautiful girl! what a gift from God you are! :)

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  19. Sob.
    I love this, and now I wish for a girl to buy gymnastics clothes for and read poems to and treat like a Princess. However, I really have my hands full over here, so I'll enjoy living the girl life through you. What a sweet mama. How was Toy Story 3? I heard it was scary...
    hm.
    Happy Birthday Rubster!!

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  20. Happy Birthday Ruby! What a wonderful day for a sweet girl. You didn't tag along to Toy Story 3? I know how you love a good animated movie.

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  21. I love that little girl so! You write about your littles in the sweetest way. I welled up when you mentioned the gift from her birth mama. Wings!

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  22. Our little girl is four!! I can still see her in the hospital all wired up. She just didn't seen to fit in with all the other tiny infants in the NICU. I love you River, and you look awesome in your new leotard!!

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  23. Happy Birthday to Ruby! And, what a great movie to see on your birthday. Perfection!

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  24. Awww... I have missed your posts....computer virus arg! I think she is beautiful just like her momma!

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  25. How sweet is that!!
    She is a doll and so blessed to be loved by so many!!
    Happy birthday sweet Ruby!!

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  26. Happy Birthday Ruby!! It sounds like a perfectly amazing day for a sweet and perfectly amazing Ruby :)

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  27. Always love your posts. Loved that you made her day so special, loved that you kissed her til you lips hurt, love that she had a special date with Daddy, and love the gift from her birth mama. That made me cry. What a special gift to that sweetie that she has love from all so many people! I am so glad you all had such a happy day!

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  28. Even her name is princess-esque. Love it. :) She's completely gorgeous and so is this post.

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  29. she's so cute! i love the purple princess attire & the butterfly wings/necklace..

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  30. Beautiful post...more tears. Thanks for the precious reminder, simple is best when love overflows.

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  31. God is so good! What a doll! What a perfectly sweet birthday for your lil' Ruby.

    : )

    Julie M.

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  32. how beautiful my friend
    the tender part about the birth mom connection too
    you are blessed indeed

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  33. what sweet moments her birthday was filled with...much better than any commercialized object to show just how special she is. Those big, beautiful eyes! She's quite the beauty, that kid. And a date with her daddy to top it off?...treasure.

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  34. Happy Birthday Ruby! Sounds like she had a wonderful day!

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  35. She is a gift for all of us too. Thank you for sharing her with us. She stops my heart.

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  36. What a beautiful little girl! I hope she had a wonderful day...and it looks like she did. :)

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  37. What a beautiful picture of Princess Ruby! What a gift all around!! Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl!

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  38. TEARS! Oh you got me with the birth mother necklace. What a special day for her. Alone time with daddy...watermelon, cinnamon rolls. What more could she ask for? My favorite thing and one I want to do...go around the room and say what you like best about her. That is just priceless for her insides.

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  39. Happy Birthday precious girl!! What a sweet day.

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  40. I love that you keep the celebration simple and meaningful. It's not about the stuff.! I have seen parties for kids with floral centerpieces lately.!

    Your daughter is lovely.Your openess and ability to share with the birth mother are incredible.

    Happy day to all of you!

    Chania

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  41. Happy Birthday, Ruby... you are a beautiful girl!!!

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  42. What a beautiful day for an amazing little girl. Sounds like the perfect fourth birthday to me! She is blessed to have such an amazing family.

    Those orange rolls were always a fav of mine during childhood.

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  43. Oh how sweet is she! She will just love the tumbling class! My two started this year and they think it's the best time ever! I love that you do birthdays low key like us. We have a great time, but no frills - just a family day to celebrate beautiful gifts from God :)

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  44. beautiful pictures and beautiful girl! it's so nice...how big her family is. i cried.

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  46. Lot's of people are saying "beautiful", and that's what I'll say too, because your post is beautiful.

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  47. Awe how spectacular. Four Wow. Love the birth mama gift...so much love. Love.

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  48. Happy birthday to Ruby!! darling post as usual, but even more darling little girl!! xoxo

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  49. Happy birthday Ruby, how blessed you are to be loved by two mamas, what a very special life.

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  50. Sounds like a lovely way to celebrate a birthday for a beautiful little girl.

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  51. Happy Birthday darling Ruby! Your smile leaps out of this computer screen and says look at me I'm Ruby River! :) I love the Flower Patch Farmgirl Family.
    ~G~

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  52. I'm all choked up. And I don't choke up easy...HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET RUBY!!!

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  53. This is why your blog is my favorite. It's funny and real and honest and sweet and heart-tugging...

    Happy Birthday Ruby! And happy day to you too Mama! :)

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  54. Oh sweet birthday girl. She just explodes with personality. Her birth mother's gift is precious. I like that birthdays are simple. We can get so carried away with them these days. ((((HUGS)))) to Ruby.

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  55. Perfectly sweet ~ all the way around!!

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  56. Awww...that was beautiful. Happy Birthday to Ruby!

    -FringeGirl

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  57. thank you so much for sharing about your family...it's a joy for me!

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  58. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter. The picture of her looking at the necklace from her birth mother is precious. You are an amazing soul. Thanks for stopping by to comment today. It really meant a lot.

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  59. Sweet Cheeks is so, so precious! Happy birthday to a little princess!
    ox
    Lara

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  60. hi visiting and dropping on your blog..

    so to be frank do u like my blog..if so follow and drop a comment ..if u dont like means just dont drop a comment ..

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  61. oh friend, you mother SO well. love to you and beautiful ruby... e.

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  62. Happy Birthday Princess Ruby. You are lucky in more ways than I can count but your Mommy and Daddy are even luckier.

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  63. Happy bday to your daughter. To count in her birth mother's gift is quite something. What a strong future she has.

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  64. you understand and are teaching what a TRUE and REAL gift is & that means more than balloons or a party (though those things are also fine).

    happy birthday!

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  65. that princess photo should be framed! the rubster is quite photogenic - thanks for sharing. you are blessed!

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  66. Happy Birthday to a beautiful girl.

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  67. It pains me to see her grow up...but she is turning into such a personality. Beautiful inside and out. Happy Birthday Big Girl!

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  68. Happy Birthday precious Ruby ! What an amazing family you have !!!!!

    gena
    www.thehouseonlavenderhill.blogspot.com

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  69. First of all, those are indeed the sweetest cheeks ever! Second of all, the necklace from her birth mother made me cry. Third, thank you so, so much for your kind and generous comment at Emily's...that you would share it with an even wider circle, well, I'm honored. Funny how God uses such ugly mess to bring Him glory. I'll never understand it.

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  70. wow, wow, wow, what a special girl she is. love that she also got a gift from her birth mama. wow.

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  71. I am tearing up too....Happy Birthday to a darling girl!

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  72. Happy birthday sweet cheeks! What a lucky girl to have so many people to love her. I love birthdays at your house!

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