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Hello, friends. Yesterday was a beautiful day in my life, because we were able to celebrate E’s birthday together! Check out some pictures:

Our little party with Sheri’s gorgeous styling/decorations

Our table settings and colors.

A display of birthday treats

Wishing for chihuahuas!

E has never celebrated her birthday before, so Sheri and I wanted to make it a special day. We chose bright colors and decorated the house in lights, candles, and orange and pink flowers. We welcomed our guests with salsa music and  glasses of (virgin) sangria. We served a burrito bar with a bunch of different salsas and toppings. We showered her with a pile of gifts and cards, and we finished off with an array of her favorite desserts- strawberry cupcakes and chocolate covered strawberries. And she was totally surprised!

At first, she wasn’t really sure what to do. (But can you blame her? She has zero birthday party experiences.) I think she felt awkward with all the attention. But by the end she was relaxed and enjoying herself. There were many moments of laughter… someone inhaled helium from a balloon, which she had never heard before. Also, we put a trick candle in her cupcake so that it re-lit three times after she blew it out. (She wished for a chihuahua. When it re-lit she said “Yes! Two chihuahuas!” and the third time “Three chihuahuas!!”)

I want to say thank you to those of you who sent gifts and cards- she was surprised that a bunch of strangers would send things when even her family doesn’t bother. Thank you for the many beautiful gifts and notes!  She loved them all. Thanks for investing in her heart and telling her she is loved! I feel so blessed to be a part of her life, and to have help and encouragement from all of you. More to come soon!


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