Yesterday we celebrated your first birthday at home. It seems like the marathon of birthdays with your brothers just 3 weeks ago + then celebrating your birthday early at yalls combined party but we wanted YOU to feel special on your birthday, so celebrate we did! This past weekend before your actual birthday I was at a mom’s conference and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier to have you back in my arms than when I got home Saturday night and got you out of your crib to rock you. You my daughter are the LIGHT of my life. It’s hard to imagine that we couldn’t see YOU in our “plans” when we started our adoption process but God knew all along that He would bless us not only with a son, but a daughter as well. I thank God for your daddy who had the wisdom to start praying heavily for YOU in October of 2011. The day we met you we instantly fell in love. We can’t even begin to imagine what our lives would be like WITHOUT YOU! You bring such light, such joy + laughter to us all. and without you my darling, this house might have remained a somewhat quiet place. We thank God every day for blessing us more than we could have ever imagined. We mourn the loss of the life you knew before us, and pray that you KNOW fully and completely Gods love. We pray you know that HIS love will never fail you, it will never give up on you nor will it ever run out on you. His love always remains. We love you sweet sweet daughter and hope expectantly for what the Lord is going to do in and through your precious life. Happy first birthday!
we love you!!
It was so fun to carry on some traditions we started last month with your brother – like this one! Blowing out your candle on a donut hole that sat on our special “birthday plate”! The look you have on your face looking at your daddy in this picture is my absolute favorite. You LOVE your daddy and it warms my heart!!!
You absolutely LOVED it when you were sung “happy birthday” to! This is you listening to your cousin Rose sing you happy birthday! You also got singing birthday messages from your Bunni + GP, Nanny +Emmie + Grandad, Cousin Nat, Aunt rah rah + helle, your friend Ian, and the Harper girls. you are one LOVED LITTLE GIRL!!!
We also continued the tradition of having a scoop of BlueBell vanilla ice cream + chocolate sauce after our family lunch! You enjoyed it however, we’ve decided in this phase at least you are more of the cake girl + Camp is more of the ice cream boy! Besides breakfast + lunch celebrations we had a relaxing Sunday at home and even made a pallet of pillows on the floor and watched Toy Story in between naps. We stayed in our PJs all day until it was time to go to church.
We wore pink (and you wore your adorable 1 cupcake birthday shirt from your cousin Lara) in your honor to church! Asher girl, you are such a JOY and light to our lives and we can’t imagine our lives WITHOUT you in it. We pray that this next year of life you are FULL of even more joy and light in our Lord. You bring such joy to everyone’s lives with your bright eyes, sweet smile and contagious laugh! We love you Asher girl!! Happy first birthday!