My birthday girl

Can I open it?


Savoring a pixy stick.

Vroom vroom girl.

Happy second birthday, my precious girl.

(There’s a birthday tribute over on my Ethiopia blog.)


  1. Happy birthday!

    I just had to tell you that I LOVE her tights!!!!! The whole outfit is adorable.


  2. She gets more and more beautiful every time I “see” her. Happy birthday!

  3. She is adorable, Mary! I could just eat her up with a spoon. 😉

    Happy Birthday to the birthday girl. 🙂

  4. Awww, she’s adorable! That next-to-the last one makes me think of those little Kewpie dolls. 🙂

  5. I love Love LOVE her hair!!!! I am just getting to the point when I need to worry about hair with Grace. It’s not easy, but I REALLY appreciate your hair tips so far. Thanks!

  6. Aw, she’s adorable! I love her little outfit!!

    Happy 2nd Birthday!

  7. Aw, she looks so happy with her utterly lovely, heart-shaped cake! Just as it should be. Happy birthday to your baby girl! 🙂

  8. She’s absolutely adorable. Her radiant smile just makes those pics so breathtaking.

    Happy birthday little girl!

  9. What a precious child! And your birthday tribute so beautifully expresses some of the thoughts we adoptive moms share on our children’s birthdays – it really is bittersweet when we remember their first moms…
    Your baby sounds like a real little bundle of love! What a blessing she is!

  10. She is beautiful, Happy Birthday little one. And I agree, her outfit is too cute. Where did you find it??

  11. Happy Birthday!!!! What a beauty she is! and I LOVE the tights!!!! too cute!- your letter to her on your Ethiopian site had me in tears- beautiful!

  12. she is an ANGEL. HAPPY B-DAY!

  13. Happy birthday!!!

    Her little outfit is so sweet and her smile even sweeter!

  14. Goodness, look at all her hair! Styling sure seems to be major events at your house.
    The outfit is adorable! she’s going to have the same flair for clothes as her sister.
    I love the little ‘extra’ cakes on the corners of the tray. So festive.

    lastly, Happy Birthday, Little Sweetie!
    I’ll put a copy of a poem by Dr. Seuss. If you all have seen it before, well, it is worth a grand repeat.

    _If we didn’t have Birthdays_

    If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you.
    If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?
    If you’d never been born, well then what would you be?
    You *might* be a fish! Or a toad in a tree!
    You might be a doorknob! Or three baked potatoes!
    You might be a bag full of hard green tomatoes.
    Or worse than all that . . . Why, you might be a WASN’T!
    A Wasn’t has no fun at all. No, he doesn’t.
    A Wasn’t just isn’t. He just isn’t present.
    But you . . . You ARE YOU! And, now isn’t that pleasant!
    ~~Dr. Seuss

  15. She is SO cute! Happy Birthday!

  16. Happy birthday from the Royal Family! You are so precious!!

  17. Oh my she is adorable! I hope she had a wonderful birthday and thank you for those photos!

  18. The dress is from Walmart–$12. Right now they have quite a few cute little dress/sweater combinations. My teenagers and I chose that one strictly because the tights were the cutest!

  19. She is absolutely adorable! Happy Birthday!

  20. She is yummy! Love the outfit, and really love the birthday message over on the adoption blog. Happy Birthday!

  21. What a sweetie! Happy Birthday!!

  22. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

    Your daughter is just beautiful and I also love, love, love her outfit.


  23. wow, Mary….you had me crying with both of those. I remember the first time I saw her and promptly stripped her down to get pics of her adorable round belly….and how she had that crooked little smile…. such a precious baby 🙂

  24. Precious!

    I love it when my sister-in-law styles my neice’s hair the exact same way. I’ll have to send her over here to take a look.

  25. She is just beautiful!! Her outfit is so cute and I LOVE her hair — oh if Amelia would grow some hair. 🙂 I loved your birthday tribute on the adoption blog — so sweet.

  26. Happy, happy Birthday! She’s gorgeous!

  27. Oh, so sweet. Love the tribute. It made me all weepy. Happy birthday to a precious girl!

  28. Happy birthday sweetie!

    She is so adorable and beautiful! I too love her outfit…and her cake. What a sweet, sweet birthday cake!

  29. Mary – you’re children are just LOVELY! An your little birthday girl – too sweet for words. You and your family seem like wonderful people.

    Take care.

  30. “Happy birdday!”
    KM 2004 =)

  31. Stunning pictures of a beautiful girl! Happy 2 years as her mom anniversary!

  32. She’s absolutely adorable!

  33. Happy Birthday Beautiful J!!!!

  34. Awww, hope her birthday was wonderful! She’ll always be your baby, but she’s sure growing up!

  35. Adorable!!!!! Happy second birthday cutie pie!

  36. What a beautiful, sweet little girl. Give her a big hug from me!

  37. she is absolutely the most beautiful little thing! happy birthday sweetie!

  38. She is stunningly adorable! Give her a big birthday kiss from her cyber-auntie.

  39. She is TOO adorable!! I hope she had a very happy 2nd birthday!

  40. She is an incredibly beautiful child, Mary. I can’t believe how much she has grown since I saw her last.

    Happy Birthday, Big Girl!

  41. She is just tooooo cute. How did you get her hair in those curls? My Rachel is always asking for that style, but I just can’t seem to figure out how to make it happen. Please help! 🙂

  42. What a beautiful little girl. I always thought that if I was not becoming a nun to work with poor children, I would end up adopting children. 🙂