funny thing though...it is not entirely your own day. because like any fifth child in a big family, as special as you are, you are, indeed, one of many. and you must learn to share. you must learn to share even your birthday. how funny it is to me that you and your oldest sister have the same birthday. i think that is perfect. i am not saying it has been perfectly easy to plan. celebrating a 15 year old and and a 3 year old on the same day has required a little creativity. but nonetheless, it has been a day large with celebration. both of you girls are such lovely gifts. emily's birth 15 years ago marked the beginning of our journey into parenthood. i could never have guessed what these 15 years would hold: three more births and your adoption...and here you all are! some days i am breathless with it all. some days i am overwhelmed with it all...but every day i am thankful. so thankful. i know that with each of your arrivals has come both great responsibility and great blessing. my mother's prayer is to be fully aware and fully faithful to both.
so today we celebrate. we celebrate our two dark eyed beauties...our teen and our toddler....our first and our last (?). we celebrate the gift of life and the giver of life and you two joyful livers of life. we celebrate your births - as different as they were. we celebrate your lives. happy birthday emily and bella!