On December 1st, we celebrated Aster first birthday and in the midst of all we’ve had going on I never did post about it!
It was such a special celebration. Mom had just been home from the hospital for a few days and was doing so much better. Aster hadn’t even been ours for 2 months and here we were celebrating a year of her precious life.
A year of hardship and sacrifice for her and Hagere, her birth mother. A year of enduring sickness and many transitions from one set of arms to another and then another. A year that culminated here, with us, in her new home with her forever family.
Although I was pondering and treasuring all these things, Aster made sure the mood was light and filled with laughter. The funniest part about the whole night was our “Battle for the Bow!”
It was the perfect night for a good family photo. I was determined she was going to wear that bow, so I decided I could “talk” her into it with a little lecture from her momma.
Didn’t work. She kept grabbing it.
I wasn’t giving up that easily. One more try.
I gave her a fruit puff to distract her.
That didn’t last. Look at Derwin in the background (Aster’s Godfather, our pastor and best friend). He thought the whole thing was hilarious!
Oh well, we got a decent family photo although she has no bow and no smile.