Last year, Brian wrote this post about birthdays. Last year, we had this weird experience of celebrating Jefferson’s birthday without him. We didn’t do presents or cake or anything like that but we chose to honor him in our own ways that day. It was a day filled with a lot of emotions: excitement for our boy (who didn’t even know about us yet), hopefulness that he was having a good day, sadness for our inability to celebrate with him, anticipation for the huge changes coming in our family, and complete wonder about how it was all going to come together. By the end of the day we kind of just wanted it over. It did, however, leave us with more drive and more fight to bring them home as soon as we could.
Last week, we were able to celebrate - all together - Jefferson turning 6. This year there were presents and cake and a very happy little boy to enjoy the day with!
The only expectation that Jefferson shared with us about his birthday was that there would be cake and candles. He actually didn’t seem to have any sense that there would be gifts (although he was more than happy to accept them once he learned that was part of the day!).
Funny story about the cake. The morning of his birthday he and I made the cake together. This was a very new experience for him and it was an absolute joy to do together. My favorite part was when I pulled the eggs out of the refrigerator, to which he gave me this dumbfounded look and said, “WHAT?!?!? There’s eggs in my cake?!?!”
Yes, my sweet boy, there are eggs in your cake. And you know what else? All of the work of this past year was absolutely worth it to celebrate with you on this day!
One line from last year's post said this: " [We] look forward to next year when, hopefully and God-willing, he will be blowing candles out at our kitchen table."
And here he is.
Apparently, eggs are good in cake.
We are Brian, Ann, Kennedy, Rowyn, and Silas. (For now!) We're on a journey to adopt. You can follow along through this blog as we share our hearts and our tales of the process.