Today is your birthday! Wow. How can we be meeting this moment already? It feels like I've spent the past year, the very first year of your life, wanting to pour myself into celebrating and savoring every precious moment our heavenly Father has graciously blessed us with. I've constantly wondered if I'm taking enough photos, writing enough memories, or studying and learning about the person God made you to be with enough care. Ultimately, I've had to learn more about grace than ever before - both receiving and giving it.
This morning while you were eating breakfast, Daddy and I went back and forth about what to do for your party. We planned it outside at a beautiful little park, but it rained all night last night and we just weren't sure what the weather would do. But there was really no other place we wanted to do it. And I, of course, being the mommy that you have, never really thought there would need to be a back up plan. ;) Thankfully, your Daddy stayed positive and said we could make it work and would just hope the sun would shine brightly enough that everything would dry. How beautifully blessed we were because it most certainly did. We had the most wonderful time gathering with our families and celebrating you! It turned out to be such a beautiful day, and it was just so much fun throwing you your very first party. I had such fun with the details of your "Baby Love" themed birthday...and though it was simple, it felt beautiful and perfect. We ate lunch, sang Happy Birthday and blew out your candle, took lots of pictures, opened presents, tried a little cake tasting, and had a short prayer time, thanking God for this year of your life and asking him to bless the one to come. You also showed the family your new favorite skill of assisted walking! How fast you are turning into a little girl is almost too much for me to take in all at once. Your family loves you so much Selah. We are so blessed by the relationships God has given us in this life. After your party we went home and you took a great nap after playing with your cousins for a bit. Daddy and I hung out with the family for the afternoon, and they left shortly after you got up. Then we had a special little family time to close out your special day.
Love, Mommy and Daddy
September 8, 2012
This song is so perfect to me for this post...