Today is Johanna's first birthday. I'm so grateful to have this beautiful, sweet little girl in my arms. All week, I've been thinking about her birth mother. Wondering if she dreads today. If she aches. If she worries about her daughter. I wish I could tell her that Johanna is loved, cared for, and thriving. I hope, somehow, she knows.
From the first day we met her, we've seen Johanna's love of music. She wiggles and dances any time she hears a tune, and music is the way I finally broke through her crying on our first day together and got her attention.
Here, in honor of her first birthday, is a video of our precious daughter shaking her booty to the beat.