Anna's official birth date is listed as today. Of course we don't really know when her real birth date is - this one was assigned to her as it was the day she was abandoned. It was a somewhat bad timing as we just got back from vacation and she starts her traction tomorrow, but we wanted to get in a celebration before she goes into the hospital. I don't know that we adequately conveyed to her what a birthday is, but she seems to understand that she was 7 and now she is 8. It didn't take her long to get into the gift unwrapping, she loves ice cream, and our friend came over today and re-braided her hair so all in all it was a good day. Please pray for her as she goes into the hospital tomorrow - it looks to be a difficult time.