Our former foster daughter, and daughter of our hearts, Lina, turned 10 in October. Since her bio family doesn't really do anything for birthdays, we picked her and her big sister, Molly up and had a little family party for her. It's still strange to think that when she first came to us in October of 2008 she was only 7 years old, worried about spending her 8th birthday with strangers.
We went to McDonald's for lunch and had cake and presents at the house. Then we went to the pumpkin patch where we rode the hay wagon, ran through the hay maze, and even watched a live cooking show on how to make things like smoothies from various squash. Lina, Danya and Gloria were called up to be assistants!
Then we went to a pie social at church and played at the park, followed by a Dennis Jernigan concert that was a trip down memory lane for Daniel and I. We used to go to his monthly Friday concerts in Oklahoma when we were teens. We still sing lots of his songs in the car with our kids.
I think Lina had a nice birthday. She's such a good natured kid that she does an excited happy dance over the littlest things. She'll kick her legs out to the sides singing, "I got a dollar! I got a dollar!" or do her hysterical impression of Gollum from the Lord of the Rings when he finally gets the ring back. I'm so glad that her dad allows her to continue to be a part of our lives and of our family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LINA!