Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Happy 1st Birthday Grace!

My gift
It was one year ago today that I received a most precious gift. A gift that has brought me immeasurable joy, endless hugs and giggles, and to my knees in prayer.
A doll
An angel
A precious gift of life
A girl

I stumble as I try to sum up this year and what this precious life means to me...words are inadequate.
She has changed me.

My year
Anticipation, excitement, initial joy, concern, struggle, panic, a rush to the hospital, a long stay, a diagnosis, sadness, a surgery, release...relief, home, family life begins, hope, joy, Dr's visits, therapy, prayer, a milestone met, laughter, sitting up, "Mama", teeth, giggles, playing with brother, "Dada", peek a boo, a gift, our gift.

My Grace
I love...
that she smiles with her whole face
the way she looks at me
when she buries her face on my shoulder
when she lifts her arms to be held
when she talks to me
the way her face lights up when she sees daddy
when she does something she is proud of
when she laughs at Gavin
her hair
her four silly teeth
that I see Jesus' craftsmanship in her
that she lights up my day with an instant smile every morning
what she adds to our family
her chubby little legs
her happiness
that I get to be her mommy

Happy First Birthday Gracie Goo!!!!!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Happy 4th Birthday Gavin!!

This morning we couldn't wait to wake Gavin up to celebrate his 4th birthday. I'm surprisingly emotional thinking about how much joy this child has brought into our lives. He is fun, witty, tall, adorable, loves to run, energetic, loving, kind, thoughtful, and smart like his daddy. I could go on and on. As a mom, I am so grateful that Jesus gave me such a wonderful child. I am so blessed to get to be around him everyday. Besides he makes me laugh constantly!
This morning we opened the door to find a box of donuts with a cluster of balloons and a card with a link to Gavin's special birthday song. Just this morning I was thinking about how Patsy always played a special birthday song for her boys every year and how we should do that for Gavin. But what would his song be??? Well, here was our answer. We laughed so hard we cried. This is one of Gavin's best friends singing a birthday song that she made up all by herself. Hang on, it gets really good!
It is so wonderful to have friends that love and celebrate our son like we do! :)

Love you!!