Today is one of a couple special days for us. Today our baby boy turns 4!
Shepherd, we don’t know your personality yet. We don’t know your favorite icing, though we’re sure it would be anything sweet. We don’t know your favorite color. We’ve only seen your cute face in a photo that’s probably a couple months old. But, we do stare at that photo. We stare into it only guessing how your little personality will respond to the excitement of future birthdays. We stare into it hoping to see that big smile in person very soon! Now we’re sure all your toddlerness is quite evident at times and I’m sure you can throw some tantrums, but that will make us love you no less. We haven’t hugged you. We haven’t kissed you. We haven’t assured you of your worth as a human being created by a good God. But we want you to know that you’re already loved by us more than your little brain can comprehend. If we have anything to do with it, this will be your last birthday spent without a mom and dad who’ll undoubtedly wake your grumpy self for every future birthday at 5am and sing the most obnoxiously sounding Happy Birthday you’ve ever heard. Here’s to your last birthday as an orphan!
So, here’s what we’d like to do for you, Shepherd. Hundreds of people will read this today. Hundreds of people you don’t even know who’ve prayed for you and have helped us bring you and your sisters home are going to wish you a Happy Birthday!
So, to you our readers, our friends, our prayer warriors. Would you comment here and leave Shepherd a birthday wish?
Additionally, can you think of a better way today to wish Shepherd a Happy Birthday than registering for the run/walk 5k that is helping to fund bringing him home?
Perhaps you live hundreds of miles away but want to donate to help us get Shepherd, Emery, and Isabella home, you too can register for the 5k and we’ll give you a “ghost-runner.” We’ll make sure you finish the race! If you add an extra $5 to the amount, we’ll send you a t-shirt (to take care of postage).
Listen, we know how this might sound but we’re ok with that. Sometimes a child’s life is so important, particularly our children whom we’ve never met, that we’d do anything to rescue them.
Regardless, we hope you’ll join us in wishing Shepherd a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!
Son, we’re praying for you right now and promise we’ll fight to see that this is your last Birthday without a mami or papi.