Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Happy Birthday Ellie!

Ellie will turn 4 years old next Wednesday. We celebrated today with a Chinese theme. Josie-Tatum had more fun than Ellie decorating the house with Chinese New Year things. At the party, we had Ni-Hao Kai Lan puppets, foam dragons, and lanterns. There were 10 kids, all 6 years and younger. They seemed to have a great time.

Grandma Bennett made the birthday cake, of course. Since there is no merchandise yet available for Kai Lan, Grandma found a Soyna Lee that she put on the cake. Grandma is so talented, she made flower designs on the cake that matched the napkins I found at Windy City.

In Other News
Ellie took several steps tonight, without her walker!! The steps were slow and uneasy, but they were also unassisted. Her legs are still weak, but we're seeing progress. I hope it won't be long before I can post a video of her walking across the room. Here she is standing unassisted.


samuelsadoption said...

Can't see the slide, but love the other pics. So good to see Ellie standing.

Kim K. said...

Happy Birthday, Ellie! That birthday cake is beautiful. All your decorations turned out super. I can't tell you how happy I am to see those pictures of her standing unassisted. My heart is so full of happiness for your sweet family, Robbie. I love all the progress reports. Keep them coming!!

Marla said...

Happy Birthday, beautiful Ellie! Love the pictures, the cake looks delicious.

Can't wait to see that video of her walking, she looks so proud to be standing.

Sabrina said...

I am waiting for that video, too! I shared with my Sunday school class that Ellie was happy with her new freedom; they all love Ellie updates!

Lynn said...

Happy Birthday Ellie!!! And taking steps.... yippee!!!!

Also, visit my blog... I've tagged you!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday and Way to Go, Ellie!

Terry said...

HOw on earth did I miss such news! Happy Birthday sweetie! And to see her standing and walking...oh that makes my heart jump!

jiangxigirls said...

Happy birthday Ellie! Loved all the pics. Hey, Robbie, we have a connection....when we traveled to get Sophia the Stretch family was in our group.

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