Our daughter, Julia, who is seven years old is so excited about finally becoming a big sister. She tells everyone that she meets about her baby brother living in Bulgaria and about how she will travel with her mom and dad on a large airplane over the ocean to meet him. Last night, we went to church, and she took her brother's picture with her to her Bible class. She wanted to tell her teachers and her friends all about the new addition to our family.
Julia is also an amazingly giving little girl who often thinks of others before herself. A couple of weeks ago she came to me with the money in her piggy bank and said that she wanted to give it to me. I asked her why and before she answered, I thought it was probably to buy a new Zhu Zhu pet. Instead, she told me that she wanted me to put it into the adoption account that Rob and I had opened so that we could bring her baby brother home quicker. How sweet! So, on the next day, I took her to our bank and let her deposit her money into the adoption account.
Julia is also an eternal optimist. The glass is always half full with her, and I am thankful and blessed by her view of life. Last Tuesday was our little boy's birthday, and I was a little sad that we could not be with him on that day. Julia patted my arm and said, "It's okay Mom. We will have plenty more birthdays with him." She then told me that she would like to eat some of her leftover birthday cake from a couple days previous in honor of her brother's birthday. Amazingly, the cake tasted so much sweeter the second time around.
Some day our little one will know how much his big sister loved him long before they ever met.