Saturday, August 28, 2010

Happy Birthday, Olivia!

Today is my daughter Olivia's 9th birthday. We had a little party at Grandma and Grandpa's house with the cousins, aunts, uncles and great-grandma to celebrate.
"My dream came true!" We broke down and gave Olivia an MP3 for her birthday. I downloaded Mommy-approved songs (in other words, no Justin Bieber *grin*).
"I'm rich!" Olivia's gift from her grandparents in Hong Kong. Thanks, Lao Lao and Grandpa!

Olivia with her signed copy of Cecile: Gates of Gold by Mary Casanova.
Thanks, Mary!
Blowing out the candles.
Knitting needles from Grandma Nai Nai, who volunteered to teach Olivia how to use them.

I know everybody says this, but it really DOES seem like yesterday that I was holding this baby girl in my arms:

Hard to believe I have a big, wonderful nine-year-old now.

may you have a wonderful year blessed by God. 
I hope you remember all year long 
how much your family loves you
and how precious you are.
Make your ninth year the best one ever, and most importantly,
cling to Jesus every minute.


  1. Mrs. Sonnichsen,
    This is so beautiful!
    Happy 9th Birthday Olivia!
    I'm sorry I'm missing out on it!
    She really does grow up so fast!!
    Chel Chel

  2. happy birthday olivia! we love you!

  3. What a gorgeous girl. I hope she had a wonderful day.

    You have a wonderful family.

  4. Happy Birthday, Olivia! What a sweet tribute. My baby was 9 this summer...they grow too fast.

  5. Oh, you just made me cry, Amy! So beautiful. Happy birthday, Olivia! That last picture of you and her is priceless.

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Oh, can it really be true! Happy birthday sweet do not remember us but we will always remember you!!!

  7. Happy 9th Birthday Olivia! 9's a BIGGO!!!!!

  8. Your daughter is so beautiful!

    We adopted our daughter, Noelle, from China 5 years ago. She is now a big 7 year old and I can hardly believe how fast time has gone by! It is such a miracle to watch her grow up after all she has been through (3 heart surgeries, eye surgery, and most recently, surgery to correct tongue-tie).

    Many blessings to you and your sweet girl!