A Happy 5th Birthday to Marley with a Celebration of Braille

Miss Marley with ehr new Hello Kitty, both of them in glasses

Today was a very special day in our house.  Marley finally turned 5.  We’ve been talking about this for months.  We celebrated with a combined birthday party with Jackson’s 3rd birthday last month on a birthday picnic adventure.

All week longMarley’s been asking me, “Is it November 6th yet?”  Before I even got out of bed this morning, there she was next to my face,  “Mommy it’s my birthday today!”

birthday candles in birthday pancakes

How did we make this day extra special one for little Miss Marley?  It started with a birthday breakfast with birthday presents, and birthday candles in her birthday pancake.  Next, we brought cupcakes to share with her class, where the birthday song was sung to her again.

birthday cupcake at schoolLastly, we ended the day with reading three of her new Braille books before bed tonight.

About a month ago, I asked my friends and family to join us in helping to grow Marley’s personal library by sending her books in Braille.  Marley loves books, and I want to continue fostering that love by giving her as many books as possible.  I personally Braille most of our books, but the process is tedious and time consuming.

For those of you who participated in Marley’s Braille birthday, I want to send a special thank you to each and every one of you.  Expect a Braille holiday card made by our very own Miss Marley in the mail in the near future.  And for any others who want to contribute to Marley’s love of literacy and Braille, feel free to contact me for where to send a book.

Books have been ordered and are coming from all over the country.  This is one lucky and loved little girl.

Titles on the way to Marley’s Braille book collection so far;

“101 Dalmations Meet the Puppies”

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

“The Bravest Dog Ever: The True Story of Balto”

“Riddles and More Riddles!”

“Fourth of July”

“Plattypus Probably”

“Snake Charmer”

“Crickets, Jokes, Riddles and Other Stuff”

“Elmo says Achoo”

“Thomas the freight train”

“1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish.”

“A Charlie Brown’s Christmas” with sound and music

“Ahoy There, Little Polar Bear”

“Clifford’s puppy days Pumpkin Patch Puppy”

“Dora the Explorer, I love my Mami”

“The Great Turkey Race.”

“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: Together Forever”

“A Color of His Own”

“A Pocket for Corduroy”

“Alexander and the Terrible,Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

“Amelia Bedelia: Bookworm”

“Amelia Bedelia: Rocket Scientist”

“10 Fat Turkeys”

“Angelina and the Butterfly”

“The Cat in the Hat”

“Green Eggs and Ham”

And a $40 gift certificate to Seedlings from Marley’s Great Grandma and Great Aunt Faith.

Once again, Aaron and I thank every single one of you from the bottom of our hearts for participating in such a memorable birthday.



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