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Birthdays.

As we age, birthdays get awkward.

Do you nonchalantly take it off Facebook and pretends it is not happening, with usually that one coworker remembering and buying you a cake the morning before work and the obligatory phone calls from all the relatives?

Do you meticulously reply “TY!” to all your 2.5k Facebook messages from people you cannot remember with a casual dinner with your parents and a wine night half a month later when you finally land a babysitter?

Or do you plan a three-day bender in Las Vegas down to personalizes bags and matching swim suits of all your closest friends? — But really, how do people afford this?? And someone invite me! —

Seems like there is no in between for us adults. And it makes me giggle sometimes.

But kids?! KIDS?! They need to know they are loved. Kids parties are a funny adventure and a different topic all together - but regardless, those kids feel loved.

EVERY KID NEEDS TO FEEL LOVED.

Which brings me to my next point. Our eldest has a birthday this weekend. “What would you like honey?!”

“All I want is to be back with my mom. To feel normal. To give her hugs.”

Cue the water works...

I will never share their full details, they are not mine to share, but I will say that will not happen for him this weekend.

Many people have asked what they can do - so here is a beautiful opportunity!

Please send letters and love to this sweet boy so he knows there is a multitude of people who care about him. He needs this right now. Short notice, but you’ve got this!

What does he like? Sonic the Hedgehog, Rootbeer, Burger King, Veggie Tales, Little Big Planet (and SackBoy), Chick-fil-A, and gift cards to use on his PS4.

If you know us personally feel free to send to our address and we will make sure he gets bombarded with love!

If you do not, please send to:

Birthday Boy at the Brenton’s Foster Home C/o FFN - Michelle Giordano 1221 West Lakeview Ave. Bldg B

Pensacola, Florida 32501

There is hurt and pain unimaginable just in the removal process and the sting of being loved by people who are not your parents. There is a little extra on your first birthday away from them.

There are wrongs we can never right for these kids.

We CAN make it known that they are loved – and there is a multitude of people out there who care about them.

*Image by Amanda Severson Photography*

Let’s ease his pain just a little bit together, eh?

“Darkness cannot drive our darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” - MLK Jr

Here is an opportunity to be light and love, take it.

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