Our precious little Mina turned 4 today.
What an absolute blessing she is to us.
I have so many "favorite things" about her, but I think #1 would be...
It is literally my favorite sound in the whole wide world.
It is impossible to have a bad day with this girl around.
She pours out hugs and kisses all day long and compliments everything.
"I wove your pwetty shirt, Mama!" "I wove your pwetty neckwace!" "I wove your pwetty fwip fwops!"
Seriously, she is pure sunshine.
If it was possible, she would have me hold her / carry her everywhere I go.
She thrives on physical touch and closeness.
I could just eat her up.
This past year I've noticed Mina becoming more aware that she looks different. She will excitedly point out whenever we see another Asian person -- in a magazine, on TV, or in person -- "Mama! They look like me!" She loves saying, "Mommy and Aubrey have the same hair, and me and Daddy have the same hair!" Hey, it's close enough... ;)
And these two girls.
They laugh, fight, play, yell, tell secrets, get into trouble, and tattletale on each other every single day. Total opposites, yet the perfect pair. I cannot imagine one without the other.
Oh, this precious child...
She brings me to tears.
Her little life riddled with such unexplained heartache, yet her joy shines brighter than anyone I've ever known.
Happiest Birthday to our sweetheart.
Wo ai ni, Mina Shisi.
You are a treasure.
(All photos in this post were taken by the wonderful Ann Wade while we were on vacation this summer!)