January 1st has a new meaning for us this year that will be a part of our New Year’s celebration for the rest of our lives. Our baby girl Eve turned 4. This is her last birthday celebration away from home. In a couple short months, she will be in the arms of her forever family.
Eve in Hebrew means life. From now on, every New Year we will celebrate her life–a precious life planned by God from before the foundation of the earth.
I have many of the same questions I asked on Ava’s birthday a couple months ago (see An Orphan’s Last Birthday ). I wonder about Eve’s well being and how she spent her day. I wonder if her birth mother knows of the life-saving surgery and hand of God that allowed her daughter health and another year.
Through this last orphan’s birthday, however, I am thinking less of the past and even the present, and more of the coming months and the new year she will spend at home. I long to hold her sweet hand, stroke those soft curls, and kiss plump cheeks. My mind is already racing ahead to this time next year when we can celebrate her birthday for real. What a new year it will be!
One day I want Eve to look back with warm memories of fireworks and birthday cake and remember that she was loved even more with each new year.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; Philippians 1:9-10