Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy Birthday Alyia Bontu

One of the last blog posts, also featured our daughter. It was not on purpose, its just the way the important dates happen!

Renee and I got to celebrate her first birthday with her, while we were in Ethiopia for our court hearing.  We are honored that we got to do that, because in adoption its rare that you get to celebrate every birthday with your child!


Alyia, you are the most amazing girl in the whole world. You are funny, cute, stubborn, silly, sensitive, brave, willing to stick up for yourself. You know what you want, and will go after it. You are one of the best things that has ever happened to your Mommy and I-and your brothers as well even if they dont admit it- and we love you more than you will ever know.

You have accomplished and experienced so much, here are just a few of them:
your first birthday candle, in Addis Ababa

your first birthday "cake" also in Addis Ababa

The day we became a family

you were dedicated

discovered how much you love the iPad

you discovered water....

you saw the White House

you met Grandma and Grandpa

you met Oma and Aunt Dora

spent time at the beach

discovered the fun at Yue Lu Shan

you love baths

got to visit country number 6

became your Daddy's  Princess
showed us just how much you are like your Mother

you as a ballerina
made friends and adjust to China

you and your friends
Your life has changed drastically in the past year, but you have handled it well, and done amazing. We are so proud of you, and can not wait to see where the future will take you! Happy 2nd Birthday!

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