Ana-Clara turned five years old on January 25th. We had a special birthday breakfast together. Phil made home-made waffles, and Ana was even allowed to drink a cup of birthday coffee. This little girl loves coffee almost as much as I do, and when she came to live with us she informed me that in the orphanage she could drink it every morning, which is quite common in Brazilian culture. 🙂
She soaked up the attention as we sang to her and watched her blow out all five candles. She was thrilled with her doll, and Frozen watch, as well as a few other little homemade and re-gifted items from her loving siblings.
I was so pleased to find such a cute doll on Amazon.com. They are SO expensive in Manaus; I couldn’t even consider buying one here. I asked a missionary friend who was coming to Brazil if she had room in her suitcase and she said yes. (Thank you, Beth, for bringing it down for us!) Doesn’t it look so much like Ana?
As we celebrated Ana-Clara’s life, I thought much about how precious she is. She is a little girl who endured more in her first four years of life than most of us have to go through in a life-time. But God had His hand of protection on her, and through a variety of circumstances He brought her to our family. Though she has only been with us a few months, she fits in so well that it seems she’s been with us for much longer. She is my little helper, and loves to clean her room, and organize things. (I wonder how long that will last. 🙂 ) She is a very girly-girl and loves to play princess dress-up, and likes dressing up for church and special events. Even though we live in the jungle, she still insists on wearing jewelry, lip stick, and perfume. 🙂 She spends hours each day playing ‘house’ with Makenna and Victoria. And the highlight of the day is to go swimming with her ‘papai’ in the river.
Happy Birthday, Ana-Clara Elise! We love you!