Happy Sweet 16 Arianne

Saturday, October 16, 2010

This is my second post for today.  If you're looking for my Unscripted Sketches post for the blog hop, scroll down one post.

Those of you who have been readers for awhile now might remember this post from 2008 and this one from 2009 wishing my sweet baby Arianne a very happy birthday.  Well, my baby, that I only ever knew as a baby, is growing up and turns 16 today.  It's hard for me to think of her as a teenager because I only have pictures of her from her first year of life. 

I thought I'd share a layout I did featuring pictures taken when she was 2 weeks old, in the room where I said goodbye to her and placed her in the arms of her eager adoptive parents.

Arianne, I love you with all my heart.  I can only pray that you know that your birth mother loves you with all of her heart and that I did what I did because of that great love.  Sweet blessings to you and your family. 

With all my love,
Your mother


Carla said...

Alanna -
I had no idea about your story. I must have missed your post from last year. As the mother of a 6 week preemie, and also the mother of a child from adoption - my heart aches for you. You are right the adoption world has changed so much. We have regular contact with my son's birthmother and we are glad he has that connection to her. I hope one day you can be reunited with your baby girl so you can tell her how you feel in person and build a relationship with her (and so that your husband and kids can have a relationship with her too)!! And rest assured - I'm sure she knows how much you love her and how much courage it took for you to make an adoption plan for her.
Happy Birthday Arianne!! You have a wonderful mother who gave you the gift of a better life!!
Hugs to you Alanna!!

Laurel said...

What a beautiful layout and tribute!

Sharli said...

Hi Alanna,
Hugs to you, dear friend. A bittersweet day. Carla said it very well so I'll just add my love.

Kathi C. said...

Gorgeous layout and once again, a beautiful tribute to the child you loved enough to let go. If she doesn't know it now, someday she will realize the enormous about of courage that went with your love. Hugs to you, my friend!

Kelly Massman said...

Oh, how touching! Bless you! :-)

mom2beachbums said...

Beautiful Alanna! I have yet to come to know someone as selfless and loving as you. Happy sweet sixteen Arianne ~~ I am sure that Heavenly Father will touch her heart and mind to know that her birth mommy loves her very very much! Lots of love to you my friend. Your firstborn is always close to my heart as well : - )

Jeanne said...

I so admire your courage and devotion, Alanna. The other comments say it better than I could ever hope to. Happy Birthday to Arianne. Your layout and tribute are beautiful.

tyffanie said...

Wow, I cannot believe that much time has passed. I think back to that day and the emotions come flooding back as strong as ever, and I was only an aunt, not her Mother. You have been blessed for the sacrifice you made and I am certain that Heavenly Father has many more blessings in store for you. Belated Happy Birthday

Krista Ritskes said...

What a beautiful layout for such a special day.

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