Friday, August 21, 2009

Her First Birthday Party. EVER.

Monday will be Valya's 15th birthday. Tonight, we will be visiting Nancy's sister's family to have a birthday party for her with several of our relatives. We will have another party for her here at home with some of her friends on Monday evening.

I was tucking her into bed last night, and she was all smiley. She said, Today was good day. All day was good day.
Me: How come?
V: I don't know. Maybe because presents tomorrow.
Me: Oh you're happy about your party?
V: (Big smile) Yes...
Me: Have you ever had a birthday party before?
V: No.
Me: Not even before the intyernat with your family?
V: No.

Valya was seven when she entered the orphanage. Her previous family life was not good, but even so it took me by surprise that they never celebrated her birthday, not even once. The Andreyevo orphanage would sometimes have group birthday parties in the dining hall where they would have cake (tort they call it). But no decorations and never for just one kid. And no presents.

So tonight, we will add to her list of firsts by celebrating her, and while we're at it, her birthday, too.


Kevin and Pam said...

Happy Birthday Valya! Enjoy your day with your family and friends.

Conethia and Jim Bob said...

Happy Birthday girly!!! This is only one of many to come. Enjoy your special day.

Anonymous said...

I am so glad she finally got her birthday party! Valya is so sweet and we are very thankful she is in our family! :)

Boyd and Sabrina Knudsen

Anonymous said...

Happy B-Day Valya!

Jason & Melanie said...

This was the same experience with our Ukrainian daughter who went to orphanage at 7 yrs old and had never had a birthday party, except for group at orphanage. She LOVED her first B-day party too!
Happy Birthday Valya!
The Halls