Turning 11

Tomorrow Anna will celebrate her birthday for the fifth time.  However, she will be turning 11.  She is very small for eleven, and very much a different girl from when we celebrated her sixth birthday. 
When we celebrated her sixth birthday, she had only been on American soil for four days.  She was unsure of her new surroundings.  She was lost in her own little world, with her own shadow, and unable to do so much. 

She is not that girl any more.  She is a big sister who can run around playing with her siblings.  She is intelligent.  She is interactive, cheerful (most of the time), and a joy to be around.  The kids who are pictured in orphanages are often overlooked for their “lost” appearance, but given time in a new home, so many of them bloom into the most beautiful people.  Anna is one of those people.


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