Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Arielle turns 4!



Yesterday was sweet Arielle’s 4th Birthday (the 28th of March!)! Well not actually yesterday now- but my internet has been almost completely non-existent for a few days! While we had the kid’s joint party a week ago, we still celebrated and sang to her yesterday! We even have friend’s visiting who she is really enjoying playing with.

In this past year, Arielle has blossomed in so many ways.

For those of you who don’t know her story, you can check out this blog:


Those of you who know us and follow our blog know many of the hard times we have had in the past 3 years with this beautiful little girl. We are so thrilled that this last year has been one of major emotional healing for Arielle and we are seeing her personality sparkle like never before!




Arielle’s two best friend’s here in Niger : Ophelia and Lily

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Her forever best friend however is her big brother Bennett. The two of them are often inseparable and get into so much trouble (and fun) together! They snuggle, read stories, make inventions, chase each other and create wonderful sand art. They also take care of each other. Bennett has such a soft spot for Arielle and is very protective of her.


Arielle loves to read books. She especially loves the “Paper Bag Princess” by Robert Munsch. She also likes to comb the hair of her new doll and put clothes on her soft doll Piper. She loves playing games like “Uno” and anything with dice or cards. Here she is trying the egg race at the birthday party.


She likes pretending to me a mom and to make food in their play kitchen too!


I think Arielle has strengths in language. She listens for a long time without saying much, and then comes to us using full sentences in French! While she is still shy talking to adults, she is doing so well rattling along in French with her little friends!


Arielle is also a great snuggler. Often in the mornings when my alarm goes off she crawls up into our bed (most months while it is hot the kids sleep on mattresses on the floor next to us so we only use one air conditioning unit). She snuggles in right next to me and takes my face in her hands and nuzzles my face. She doesn’t say much, but her actions speak volumes about her love.



Happy Birthday Arielle! We are so pleased with how well you have grown up this year and how happy and content you seem everyday. You are a joy to be around and you love people genuinely. We can’t wait to see what next year holds for you!



Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday sweet Angel!!! What a beautiful little girl you are, with treasure talents that sound like they are truly starting to shine through your personality. I look forward to meeting you again one day. Blessings to you & your family.
Lori Ann De Bokx

Leanne said...

What a beautiful post.

Tjosie said...

OH my goodness Arielle's hair is so long and beautiful. Birthday wishes and love from our house to Arielle. We soooo look forward to being with you for next year's birthday.

God bless,
Auntie Brenda, Uncle Tim & Joseph

Anonymous said...

Tears again welled up in me. You are doing a great job with your girl - she's beautiful - I see a sparkle in her eye and it sounds like there's joy in her heart. What a gift you are to each other.

Esther Garvi said...

4 is a wonderful age!

Tim & Christine said...

Wow! Arielle is certainly growing to be a beautiful little lady! She looks so confident of herself. I love to see how in a year she has blossomed so much. God's continued blessings on your lovely family. We miss you all. Come and visit us in Brampton (only 20 min from the Toronto airport) when you're next in Canada. Love, Christine (for Tim and Jacob)