I am a bad mommy.
I sorta missed posting these pictures.
Of a pretty major event in the life of a just-turned 5 year old.
Jude’s birthday was in early February.
And my calendar is telling me it’s already early April.
Although we did celebrate, and I did get photographic proof, I hadn’t even edited these pictures until today.
Honestly, I sorta forgot about them.
You see, the day after I took these pictures was Monday the 14th. The day we got the really bad news that our HS update would not be forthcoming.
And, truly, it seemed that bringing Esther home was impossible.
So, well, y’all probably remember…
I kinda went into hiding for about 2 weeks after that.
But, back to the birthday boy… we sure did have fun celebrating my little man’s big day.
Jude is such an incredible kid – smart, sweet, funny.
And when he smiles?
We all smile.
At his request, we went to our usual birthday hangout.
With the usual birthday-celebrating peeps.
With the usual birthday grins.
And did the usual birthday things.
Scarfed down some snacks.
Watched a movie on the big screen.
And, of course, sang a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday.
And then ate cake.
My sweet Jude would never dream of actually eating birthday cake.
But he insisted we make one for his brothers and sisters.
That’s the kind of guy he is.
And, pretty sure we all agree, we certainly do like him that way.
Happy 5th birthday, Jude – just a few months late.
We sure do love you.
Then, now and forever.
I am a rather recent google reader follower of your blog. I love your story and your heart. Quite inspiring! I am the mom of 4 kids: 3 homegrown and 1 domestic open adoption gift. We were about to embark on an international adoption journey when our son pretty much fell in our laps! That was six years ago and now we are once again feeling the call to adopt and grow our family, so I've been drinking in all that God has done through your family….and praying that He would do in us what He wills. We have not begun the adoption process, but are prayerfully looking into how and when to begin. I love reading your family updates, it is a blessing that you share your life!
Those rosy cheeks? Are they edited to look so blush and beautiful? He's a doll!
What a cutie! Looks like everyone had such a great time at the party (:
Happy (late) Birthday Mr. Jude!! 😀
Dylan and Liz Stewart says
Happy Birthday Jude! looks like you had tons of fun!
Please tell Jude I said Happy Birthday. Even if it is late, because I forgot too. I typically remember birthdays that fall around mine. Shame on me 🙁
OK… the cheeks are to DIE for! He is ONE HANDSOME BOY!
Happy belated birthday, from the mama of another Jude (who by the way looks VERY much like your Jude. Kinda weird! But without the rosy cheeks.)
Nancy-of the crazy 8
Happy Birthday Jude!! He us such a cutey!! Sounds like it was a great day!!
Can't wait to catch up on my reading and find out more about little Esther! Will you call her Essie?? I love Essie!
Blessings on your journey!!
He sure is a looker Stephanie! Bolt the doors when this one hits puberty!!!
He's a doll! Happy Birthday!
what do you mean he doesn't eat cake?? Is it a texture thing? My kids would eat the ENTIRE cake if I let them. NO KIDDING. Elaina could eat a Big Mac Meal…the entire meal. No joke. I guess in my experience if it is fattening or filled with sugar, my kiddos love it!
Looks like a fun time. Can't wait to see Poppy and Esther together 🙂
Oh, how cute is he!?!? Those cheeks are precious! Looks like everyone had a blast! 🙂
Scrappy Bug says
Jude – dude – happy birthday – even if we found out late!
hugs – aus and co.
Happy Birthday Jude!
Better late than never…..I should know…lol!