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While We Wait

There are no updates to report – we’re still working things out right now.  We sincerely appreciate your prayers and thoughts…and will update as soon as there is an update to be posted.


So while we wait, I thought I would post about something happy. Iliya’s 5th birthday party.  Oh, it was so much fun, but the fun was still a little bittersweet (for me, at least), because - Where has the time gone?!

It seems like we were just celebrating Iliya’s 2nd birthday.

Yes, where has the time gone?!

Well, instead of lamenting the quickly lapsing time, let me tell you about Iliya’s party. When we thought we would be traveling at some point this fall, I really wasn’t sure about whether or not I would be able to do a birthday party for Iliya. I thought that, since his birthday fell on Thanksgiving Day, we would just celebrate at our various get togethers over the holiday. But then, he began asking about a party…and listing out the friends he wanted to invite. So, I felt bad and thought we might just do something small at a local park.

Enter my sister, who asked if I would like her to plan a party. Especially considering our potential absence at said party.  That way, we knew the show could go on, regardless of our involvement in the planning.  So I took her up on it.

And that girl can plan a party! She ended up going with a Candyland theme. Just about the only quasi-creative thing I did for the party was to create the invitations.

For nothing else can I truly take credit.

See how much fun?  She literally made all of this from scratch… I was so impressed!

There were lollipops made from plates, pieces of candy made from paper lanterns, banners, and even larger-than-life (old scho0l) game pieces!

Since the decorating would take up so much time and I 1) didn’t want Iliya in the way, and 2) wanted him to see the finished product on the day of the party, we sent him packing to spend the night away from home.  He and my dad went to eat breakfast the next morning, while we decorated, and when they arrived at our house, someone was very excited about what he saw!

He had to check everything out…after he gave the welcome game piece a hug, of course.

Sarah had set up quite a few stations, carnival-style.  There was a sweet shoppe, where children decorated their very own gingerbread-shaped sugar cookies…

…a gumdrop guess…

…a crown making station, face painting…

…a gumball relay…

And so much more!

There was birthday cake…

…which a certain little boy thought was soooo cool.

He had several friends, from both church and school, attend (whose photos are not online, because I haven’t cleared it with their parents).  And I think he felt pretty special.

He definitely felt FIVE!

Happy birthday, my precious boy!

December 1, 2010 - 7:42 am

Christine aka Mommie2my3girls - Happy Birthday Sweet Iliya! What an amazing party! Aunt Sarah definitly made it a special day! What a wonderful present to Mommy and Daddy to take the stress off! You are all blessed!!

Continued thoughts and prayers for your journey. Waiting must be so difficult but with faith we can do anything!

December 1, 2010 - 9:19 am

April K. - Amazing! and so Creative!!!

December 1, 2010 - 9:34 am

Kara - OK, I have 3 kids and have been to many a party– but that is the coolest, most creative thing I have ever seen! What a sister you have– amazing! Happy Birthday Iliya and best of luck with the details today and in the upcoming days…

December 1, 2010 - 12:47 pm

Ani - That is the neatest party!!!!

December 1, 2010 - 2:54 pm

Lindsay - Wow! Iliya certainly has a very talented Auntie!

Prayers for you that you situation is resolved quickly and in a good way.

December 1, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Christen - Sooo cool! Your sister should start a business! I want a candyland party!!! ;-) It made me

December 1, 2010 - 4:20 pm

Christen - sorry about the previous comment…here’s the rest ;-)…It made me feel like a kid again just looking at the pictures!

December 1, 2010 - 8:22 pm

Anne - Happy birthday Iliya! My Evan turned 5 in July (adopted from Vlad at 28 months) and growing so fast as well. That definitely is the most creative party idea I’ve ever seen – absolutely amazing! Hoping & praying your situation is resolved soon and can hear some great news.

December 1, 2010 - 8:56 pm

Kelly Avery - Aunt Sarah outdid herself! I love it! Crossing my fingers for you. Hope all goes as you wish.
Love, Kelly

December 1, 2010 - 10:55 pm

ChristenL - So super cool! What a happy boy he must have been?! Seriously… dream candyland party… who wouldn’t love that?! I still would! haha.

btw – I don’t know who the other “Christen” is, but wow – there are rarely ever other Christen’s spelled that way. Like I think I’ve met one ever. So hi other Christen. :)

December 2, 2010 - 1:49 pm

Joy - Are you and your sister free for Anna’s birthday next year? I just wanted you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope every thing works out soon.

October 3, 2012 - 1:21 am

Suky - This is great I’m doing the candy land theme for my one year old in December what did you use for the colored road???

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