In case you didn't know, #4 is adopted from Korea. Her dad (my former husband) and I took her home in our arms when she was just three months old. I remember falling hopelessly in love with the little toothless grin on her face when she was handed over to us at the airport. I remember that there was no way -- NO WAY -- she was going to sit in another car seat after spending all those hours on planes (her travel time, with flights and layovers, was about 24 hours in all). She screamed. She arched her little back and pushed with her feet as best she could. I got the message. I held her in my arms in the back seat all the way home, entreating her dad to be careful on the notorious NJ Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. Fortunately it was something liked 2:00 in the morning, which is about the only time of day that those highways aren't busy.
From a chunky baby with cowlicks in her dark hair, she has grown to be a lovely young woman on the verge of a new life.
Mama and Abbi in 2007.
The whole blended family in 2009!
Abbi and Rich in 2008.
Happy Birthday, Abbi!