I've never been happier to celebrate a birthday than I was for our little Mina.
The accident happened just 10 days before she turned three.Several people asked me if I was still going to have her party once we were home from the hospital, and I couldn't imagine not celebrating after such a miracle.
Oh yes -- the party is still on!
Mina had been talking about her "Flower Party" for months.
The original plan was to have it outside.
As I checked the weather earlier that week, I noticed there were severe storms forecasted along with record high temps. Outside wasn't looking like the best idea. So the next best place for an outdoor themed party was the screened-in porch.
The place of the accident.
I know it sounds weird -- maybe even taboo -- to have her party in that space, but it was the best thing ever. A place that once threatened to steal our joy, became the host for our celebration of LIFE.
It was a perfect day filled to the brim with love and one adorable blessing...
This sweet child is just too precious for words.
I thank God every single day for her.
For her party, she wanted pink flowers and "dewecious tweats" (aka: delicious treats).
The Province where she was born, is where the blue and white porcelain originated.
My mom has several decorative pieces, and we purchased some while in China. Mina always spots the blue and white china in books and says, "That's from my China!" so I knew I wanted to use it at her party.
This birthday marked the halfway point for us. We met our darling girl when she turned 18 months. Starting the day after her birthday, we have been together longer than we've been apart.
Eighteen months in China. Eighteen months in our arms.
There are no words to describe the happiness in my heart being surrounded by family and celebrating together on this incredibly special day.
Here are some additional pics of the party details, for those who are interested...
All the flowers were pink and ones that had a Chinese symbolic meaning.
Mostly peonies, cherry / plum blossoms, and orchids. There was one white flower (made out of sugar) at the party in honor of Mina's birthmom. I had it placed on Mina's little table.
Little flower headbands for the girls -- they were so sweet!
And they looked so adorable on!
One other thing Mina requested at her party was finger and toenail painting.
You can see the assortment of polishes on the table above with Aubrey. :)
I had a side table set up for people to practice their Chinese characters.The writing pad (called The Buddha Board) was given to us at Christmas from Zubie.
It's the coolest thing! You use water to write with a small brush, and then it slowly fades away.
There were words / symbols for flower, garden, birthday, princess, and love.
It was so fun to watch people try it out.
There were several kinds of treats, which we ate before our lunch.
Mina's request: dessert first!
Ice cream in mini mason jars:
Oreo truffles and blueberries:
The cake -- it was a complete wreck. It looked nothing like what I had ordered, but what are you going to do hours before the party? I tried to improvise by adding some ribbon, orchids, and rose petals, but well...it is what it is.
And to wash it all down: Mina's favorites -- "pink wemonade" and "tea tea".
The crown jewel, which arrived days after the party (sad, unfortunate mail delivery debacle), was this custom made cookie:
I had it made to look like Mina swinging on the branch of a cherry blossom tree. The heart on the tree represented her birthmom. I wish I had recorded Mina's reaction when we presented her with this cookie. It was the most precious thing ever. She adored it. "It wooks wike me! On a swing! See all da pink flowers?! Oh I wuv it!" She would just hold it in her tiny hands and smile at it. Aubrey asked if her birthmom sent her that cookie. It kinda felt like she did.
Happiest Birthday, sweet angel!