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Anahi’s Second Birthday

Anahi turned two on September 21. To celebrate, my sister Nila helped me organize a little party at our house. Anahi and I had a great time with all of our friends. We had a cake, finger food, candy, and a piñata. The kids also got to play for a while in the Globo Loco (bouncy house), and my sisters put on a puppet show.

After a time of singing with the kids, I tried to share a few words, but I soon realized that I can’t say too much without breaking down. Anahi is my connection to Julie and Timi. Since I lost them, she has become my sunshine and a ray of hope in my life. But even as she has given me a reason to keep going forward, when I start to reflect I can't help but think about what she meant to my two loves.

I know that Julie would have written so much more about Anahi by now. About how she likes to entertain and interact, and about how easily she smiles when someone asks her to pose for a picture. About how she loves her clothing and dressing up and staying clean. And maybe even about how, when someone asks her how old she is, she answers, "dos."

Despite only being two years old, Anahi has already gone through so much. She lost her parents at birth, and then she and I lost Julie and Timi. In the year that Anahi and I have been together, we have become each other's hope and inspiration. I know that in a few years Anahi will become aware of what happened to her so early in her life, and I pray that she can overcome it to experience the fullness of life. As I write this, I look forward not just to her next birthday, but also to the life that God has prepared for her.

Anahi, if one day you read this blog, listen to this: You are God's child, entrusted to me at an early age, a gift to me and many others. You are an inspiration, beautiful inside and out. I love you, and I want to see you grow strong and grow in all areas. You are a woman of great purpose. When you came to us, Julie named you Esther, believing that you were born for such a time as this. As I end this third blog entry since the accident, I want your friends and your Mami to know how blessed I am to have you in my life, for such at time as this.

Happy Birthday 
With love,
Your daddy, Norb


  1. That was beautiful. Prayers continue your way. She is so cute. Cousin Lauri


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