Release the Pigeons!
Big party planned for Sunday at the local Krispy Kreme donut shop (I kid you not). Millie chose the locale personally. The guests get to see the donuts made up close and then decorate their own. And a cake made of a big pile of donuts is provided to be devoured by a herd of party hyped, sugar frenzied pre-schoolers. A good time will be had by all. Then they get to go home to their parents. HA!
Millie shares a birthday with such prominent personalities as...
Eddie Van Halen, Gene Siskel, Bob Uecker, Ellen DeGeneres, Paul Newman, and my personal favorite, science fiction writer Philip Jose Farmer.
Now if she just grows up to play like Eddie, have Ellen's sense of humor, and write like Phillip she'll be the man I always wanted to be.
Brazil was discovered on this day, as was the world's largest diamond (about 400 years after Brazil)
Mozart's opera Cosi Fan Tutte premiered in Vienna.
Michigan became the 26th U.S. state.
The first electric dental drill was patented.
The Apollo Theater opened in New York.
The first baby sitter's insurance policy was issued in St. Louis, Mo.
The guitar synthesizer was first demonstrated.
The Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX (Go Bears! I had a big party in my apartment for that Super Bowl)
Not one of these things has even remotely the historical significance to me as the birth of my silly Millie.
This is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds me of how unbelievably blessed we are to have such a precious gift as our only child. She's approaching an age when she can more fully understand who she is and where she came from and I'm very interested and a little anxious about how she will deal with it and in what ways it will effect her sense of herself.
Millie is adopted. And the story of her adoption is one of the best stories I've ever heard or told; nothing less than a genuine, walk on the water miracle.
It's a long and detailed story and one that I will tell in full sometime in the future but I'm not prepared to do so right now. I can say, though, that we knew the birth mother and she lived ten minutes away from us. She was 27 yrs old so it wasn't a confused teen kind of thing; and she had been through this before.
We connected with her through friends of friends - word of mouth. No agencies until after we had met her. And the mother chose US! We had one meeting with her at her apartment and she literally said. "I like you guys. I want you to have my baby."
And that was IT! That's how it worked. We were there for the pregnancy, for the delivery and we took the baby home from the hospital. And the birth mother was the most awesome you could ever imagine; genuinely happy for us and happy that the baby was going to be raised by people who would love her so much.
Since Mama and myself were present at her birth, and held her from the moment of her first breath, her birthday is very special to us. It reminds us of how close we were to the possibility of forever being a couple, but never a whole family. And to remember again how grateful we are to God, for granting mercy on two lonely people desperate to have someone to love and care for, and for giving them the greatest gift in all creation. No parent ever loved a child of their own body more than we love our precious little girl.
All photos by Uncle Artemus, aka, daddy