Thursday, August 11, 2011

Birthday Princess


August 11th is a pretty big deal around here.

I cuddled up with my girl this morning and told her about that night five years ago when we raced to the hospital to meet her. I told her about how soft her hair was and how drop-down perfect she was. Is. I told her all of it again, but it's a lot. One day she'll start to grasp the deep ocean love of that day.

But today?

Today, we partied just like we always do.

Boxed cupcakes, a few failed attempts at extra-special fun, a few stellar Plan Bs.

We even busted out the mini cans of generic cream soda like it was 1999.

Part of me wants to bundle this precious girl up like a way-back-when Chinese foot. I want to keep her compact and small, close, delicate, in need of me.

But the bigger part, the part of me who believes that her story was made extraordinary and stunning and bright and strong wants to just watch her keep growing into exactly the girl (and then the lady) she was always meant to be.

I love her story and being a part of it is a gift beyond what I deserve, but what I really look forward to is listening as she begins to tell it from her own perfect lips.

Happy birthday, 5-year old.

You stun me with your generosity.
You humble me with the depth of your heart.
You inspire me with your servant's heart.

65 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to your little sweetheart!!!
    Beautiful!

    Deborah xo

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  2. Happy Birthday to your little doll! It will be a great ride!

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  3. That totally brought tears to my eyes.
    xoxo,
    HBY

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  4. Happy Birthday to your princess.
    Happy, happy Birthday.

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  5. Happy Birthday Princess Ruby!

    Shannan, watching a daughter grow from a sweet baby, to adorable girl, to a beautiful woman is a singular joy that everyone should experience! Enjoy every moment...it goes faster than you can imagine :)

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  6. I know just how you feel! I'm humbled every day by my sweet 10yo! She came to us brand new (I got to cut the cord) and I can say firsthand that adoption is a true gift from God....there is no better way to say it.
    Your dd is so beautiful and what a gift for you for the rest of your life (and hers).

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  7. There is a sweet book called 'Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born'....about a mother telling her daughter a similar story to the one you are describing. Maybe you've heard of it. When I read your post I thought of this book right away.

    http://www.amazon.com/Tell-Again-About-Night-Born/dp/0064435814

    Anyhow, happy birthday to your sweet Ruby!

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  8. Nice cake stand! ;)
    Happy Birthday to your priceless little gym!

    Rebecca

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  9. Happy birthday Ruby! What a sweet post to your precious little girl. Sounds like you had a much better day than yesterday. :)
    ~Jennie

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  10. What a *beautiful* tribute to your girl! Happy Whole-Hand Day, Ruby!

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  11. It's late I'm tired. I meant Jem.

    Thanks for providing some 'Tax relief!'
    I'm headed home now!

    xo
    Rebecca

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  12. awww...so So sweet! Happy Birthday to your little princess!

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  13. Happy 5th birthday you your sweet daughter!

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  14. What a beautiful post! (and daughter!)
    Jo-Anna

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  15. Okay so the chinese foot was HILARIOUS! Seriously. Your brain amazes me.

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  16. Love this!!! Looks like the perfect birthday!! Happy Birthday Ruby!

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  17. You made me tear up for once instead of laughing, Shannon.
    Happy birthday to your very, very special Ruby River.

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  18. Oh dear sweet Ruby, Happy Birthday to you.

    Love and hugs from one of your followers on your Mama's blog.

    FlowerLady

    Dear Shannan ~ That was a wonderful, love and joy filled post about your daughter. She is blessed to have you as her mother and you are blessed having her as your daughter.

    Love and hugs to you also ~ FlowerLady

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  19. Beautiful!

    Those bundled Chinese feet stunk something awful. Whenever I get the urge to keep my kids small (it isn't often), I also know that it'd be so sad if they never grew up. Carrying both thoughts simultaneously is a mother's balance, perhaps?)

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  20. Hey! I share a birthday with the lovely Miss Ruby. I think that makes us practically twins. And that tension between wanting to keep small and wanting to see God's plans unfold in our dear ones--I know it so well. Happy belated, Miss Ruby!

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  21. It wasn't until I became a mom that I realized just how special birthdays are for us, the mommies.

    Happy Birthday Ruby! I like your princess birthday button!

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  22. What a beautiful post ... so full of your love. Happy birthday to that beautiful girl!

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  23. Happy BIrthday sweet and sassy Ruby!!!

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  24. Happy, happy day to your sweet girl!

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  25. awwwwww happy birthday sweet Ruby girl! you are loved:)

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  26. What lovely photos (those balloons are just WOW!) and even lovelier, heartfelt sentiments. May your bond always stay strong and loving and here's to many more happy years!

    Blessings,
    This Good Life

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  27. Happy Birthday to a beautiful princess named Ruby. Five is a great number.

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  28. Happy birthday, sweet Ruby! Shannan, thank you for sharing your special moments.

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  29. Simply Beautiful.Both your post AND your girl!

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  30. Happy Birthday to miss thang Ruby! Love her! Those cupcakes look so divine, and a mini cream soda on the side. YUM! Remember, my birthday is February 7!

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  31. This is amazing, it really is! I love that her birthday reminds us all of what a beautiful gift adoption brings to each of us. Happy birthday to her, and thank you for sharing and inspiring, as always.

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  32. Happy Birthday, Ruby!! I hope this next year is better than you could ever imagine :)

    XOXO,
    Angie from Ohio

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  33. Happy Birthday, Ruby! Shannan, one day she will be your best friend.
    xo, Cheryl
    p.s.? How do I know? There is a 29 year old woman in Baltimore that is my daughter a.k.a. my best friend.

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  34. Happy Birthday Ruby! Five is pretty fun! And happy day to you too Mama!

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  35. Dang, lady. You just made me tear up with those words for your baby girl. Happy Birthday Ruby!

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  36. We love you soooo much Pumpkin Pie!! We too will not forget that famous night. And we have been celebrating everyday since. You are not only a Ruby, but you are a diamond in our family!!

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  37. happy birthday miss Ruby!
    Yoselin Rubi is an August girl too. It's a month for chicas fabuloso to be born. :)

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  38. Happy Birthday, Ruby!!

    You are all so blessed to have one another!!

    TT


    PS: Can she be any cuter? Love the ribbon on her shirt!

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  39. Happy Birthday Ruby! You are the sweetest thing.

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  40. awww! Happy Birthday to the Rubester!!! Looks like it was a wonderful day! :)

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  41. happy birthday to you!
    happy birthday to you!
    happy birthday, dear ruby!
    happy birthday to you!

    have a great year ... being 5 is fun!

    from kathy (someone who lives in iowa, reads and likes what your mama writes on the computer - that's how i found out about your birthday)

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  42. Happy Birthday darling girl, man oh man, does your mommy love you!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  43. Happy Birthday, Ruby!

    Your family story inspires us to adopt.

    Enjoy that beautiful daughter of yours!

    Diana

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  44. Please send our birthday wishes (belated) to Ruby. Having our own celebrations over here today. Isn't it fun making magic for little ones?

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  45. Happy Birthday Ruby!!!
    I look very forward to meeting you in person one day!!!

    :-)
    Layla

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  46. Happy belated birthday! What a touching post! She is absolutely adorable!

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  47. Happy Birthday precious girl! We love you and are so happy you're FIVE. Five is just GRAND! :)

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  48. What an appropriate Birthday Princess Ribbon- with even a "Brown" princess for my Pinky-Pie.
    I can't wait for her to come down later this month and assist with her 'other princess birthday gift'.
    Give her a big squeeze for me xoxo

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  49. Happy birthday to sweet Ruby. Your party looks perfect.

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  50. Happy Birthday Ruby! You sure are a little princess! :)

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  51. I've never commented about how awesome/perfect your photos are. So there. You always capture the moment in a magical way!

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  52. happy birthday to the prettiest princess. ADORABLE!
    love the sweet cupcakes AND the fabulous stand they live on.

    xo

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  53. Happy Birthday Miss Ruby! Five looks perfect on you.

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  54. I must ask.....where did you get the mini cans of cream soda? Cream soda just happens to be my favorite pop flavor. :)

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