Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Happy Birthday, SaraGrace!

SaraGrace turned 8 today.

How is that possible?

We just brought her home from China five minutes ago, didn't we? Sigh... She loves to hear stories of her first days with us in China and I thought it would be fun to post a photo or two from way back then.

In her crib at the orphanage, tinged so blue and struggling to get enough breath.

Crazy, spunky kid who was this comfortable with me after only a few days together.

I wanted to post more photos, but cannot seem to locate them...grrr...

Anyway--we had a very fun day today. First, school was cancelled due to lack of power. Second, I had a haircut scheduled, so I took her with me. My amazingly wonderful hair stylist was able to squeeze SaraGrace in for a trim as well. Usually Mama cuts SaraGrace's hair, so this was a big treat for her. When her cut was all done, she also got a cute little braid. {Thank you, Emily...you made her day!}

On the way out to the car she said, "That started out kinda boring but then it got really exciting." She was grinning from ear to ear and continued to tell me how happy she was and how much fun she was having with me.

So I did what any other mom would do who wants to spend a few more precious minutes with her daughter.

I said, "Do you want to stop at McDonalds for lunch on the way home?"

Yeah. I stooped that low.

And it was handsomely rewarded with an squeal of delight.

In the back of my mind though, was a dark foreboding.

You see...when I called to schedule flu shots for our family, the only time and day they could accommodate all of us was.... TODAY.


In the past, SaraGrace has not been what you would call brave about getting shots.

And that is putting it mildly.

I kept my dark secret the entire day until we pulled into the doctor's office parking lot. She guessed it as we all trooped through the door.

To my great surprise, I did not hear the great weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth that I was expecting.

Except for one child.



The child went nuts.

But this post is supposed to be about SaraGrace.

She told me on the way home from the doctor that she didn't mind a bit having a shot on her birthday and that it was still a 'super, exciting day.' I love that kid!

Let the present-opening begin!

Modeling her cute braid.

Her first 'big kid' Bible. She picked it out. She is totally into reading and wanted books for her birthday.

Jillian made this cake all by herself.

SaraGrace picked out all the cake colors and it turned out looking like a rainbow. So HER!


sara said...

Happy Birthday to SaraGrace. Mine is tomorrow and I get to visit my colonoscopy doctor (sounded better than proctologist)....I think I would rather get a shot!

Angie said...

Happy birthday, SaraGrace! What a fun personality you have and you just make your mama so happy! Enjoy your new Bible...lots of adventure in there, too!

Kim K. said...

Birthday blessings to your sweet SaraGrace.

Tesseraemum said...

Happy Birthday SaraGrace!
So Glad you had a fabulous day! Hope your whole year is just as great! The Watson's

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sara Grace...what a fantastic day you had (even with the shot)! Oh dear Jake...I empathize with you, I didn't like shots when I was a kid either and still don't like shots but know I have to have them every now and then.

The cake is scrumptious looking...I like the rainbow colors...your sister did a wonderful job!

And Sara Grace you had the beautiful smile when you were tiny and you still do...don't ever lose it!

Mama Melissa said...

Oh what a wonderful day it seems like you all had!!! Happy birthday to SaraGrace!! :)

My Mia is 5 and I swear we just got home, too... HA!


Jo's Corner said...

Dear SaraGrace ~ I hope you had a wonderful birthday! I love your haircut and the braid, too! I hope this next year of your life will be filled with LOTS of fun times! Happy Birthday! Love ~ Jo

Meredith said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sweet SaraGrace!!!!!!!
We love you!!!!
Love, Maddie, Jackson, "Baby" Hudson, Uncle Mark, and Aunt Meredith :)

Sharon said...

Sorry I'm so late in seeing this. So glad you had a great day SaraGrace!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Sara Grace! Sounds like a wonderful day--except the shot. Your Momma is sneaky!!!

BTW, Karen, I took all 5 yesterday for flu shots. It was all going good until Li'l Dude decided to cry BIG CROCODILE tears while waiting to go next. Then Li'l Miss ran out into the hall to hide and her lip started puckering. Thankfully, I had their 3 big brothers with me to help carry them out b/c their legs "won't walk." :)))

Oh and the Steak n Shake Happy Hour came in very handy on the way home. Who isn't made to feel better with a chocolate shake (or orange or vanilla or strawberry)?

Oh and Momma just had to get a sympathy Chocolate Shake of course!

Your kids are all growing up! Bless Jillian's heart for making that beautiful cake all by herself!

Anonymous said...

And ... DUH ... I know your name is spelled Karin with an I.

Sorry for my momentary lapse of sense. Actually the moments don't seem to lapse these days. :)))

Ruby Mae said...

Happy Birthday to SaraGrace. I LOVE the picture of SaraGrace and her Mom when she was so little

lily joy said...

Hi I just happened by your blog :) What an inspiration you are to me. I have 4 and am feeling overwhelmed..my husband is ready to adopt now and I have been dragging my feet, praying for God to change my heart. Thank you for inspiring me!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful Post! :D

Lori said...

SO PRECIOUS! I love how she smiles with her whole face...and BEAMS! So very sweet.

Happy Birthday to your darling girly!

Oh and the cake looks SO YUMMY!