Today was Ellen's birthday; she's fourteen today! Our girl is a full-fledged teenager now. We hope this is the last birthday that she'll celebrate alone.
It's actually not likely she had much, if any of a birthday celebration. In Thailand birthdays are much more low-key than they are here; if anything she'd probably be giving gifts to her friends rather than receiving anything. However, it just so happens that the day after her birthday is the national holiday Children's Day, and the orphanage usually does something special for the kids. So we hope that at least she'll be having a nice time tomorrow.
I'm worried she may think we've forgotten about her; our letter translations have been taking a while-- probably due to the holidays-- and we're actually still waiting on her Christmas letter to come back so we can send her care package for December. So everything has been delayed. If we don't get her letter back within the next week I may just go ahead and send her Christmas package and then send the letter separately when it comes back. I don't want to leave her wondering why we haven't sent our usual package.
Once we have the craft room finished I can really start putting her room together. Right now her closet is full of my craft supplies. I'm struggling to figure out exactly what pieces to get; we want her to feel comfortable in her room and be able to make it her own, but of course we have to buy the large pieces of furniture for it and all of her basic items before she arrives. While it would be easier to paint and do things like curtain arrangements before she gets here, we'll save them until after she's here because that way she'll have a say in what the room looks like.
However, though paint, linens and accessories do go long way towards changing the feel of the room, furniture still sets the tone, and it's hard not to speculate on what she might want. Is she a tomboy, or girly? Will she want neutral, soothing colors or bright, exciting hues? I'm looking forward to finding out, and in the meantime I'm a little nervous about the choices I'm making because I'm afraid they won't be to her tastes. The white metal day bed with porcelain knobs I found for her is almost an exact replica of the one I had as a teenager, and it's rather old fashioned and pretty girly. I hope she likes it.
So anyway, a very happy fourteenth birthday to you, Ellen! I hope it was a good one. And I hope it's the last one we don't get to celebrate with you in person.
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