This weekend we celebrated Tatiana's 13th birthday. The celebration took place a few days before her special day because the two of us will be in Russia.
Our tradition is that the kids' dad decorates the cake, usually with a bit of humor or teasing thrown in. His effort this time is difficult to decipher in the small photo but it says, "Tinka (one of his many nicknames for Tatiana)" and then proclaims her exact age on the day of her party in fraction form "12-359/365."
The Lord added Tatiana to our family 5-1/2 years ago through adoption. She is the oldest of the second trio of our Russian siblings. She was a welcome addition to our family--and not just because she is the only blond in the tribe. When we first encountered Tatiana in her orphanage we encountered a smile that just doesn't quit. She still blesses our family with her radiant smile!