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Norah Joy is One

We had the best weekend celebrating Norah Joy with some family time, donuts, a quick trip from Granda A and a little backyard party for our girl! I kinda love throwing baby birthday parties!! I know, I know, they won’t remember it, but it’s their first birthday and for me it’s more about celebrating everyone in the family! We made it! We all survived! What an awesome year!!

So I picked up the yummiest little cake from Sweet Mandy B’s…because your first taste of vanilla buttercream frosting should really be from Sweet Mandy B’s. Not sure how much Norah was actually into the whole cake thing but at least the big kids definitely appreciated helping her out with it! Who needs forks on birthdays!! Am I right, kids!? ;)

The sun shone and the back garden was filled with friends who feel like family. We’re so very thankful for you.

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To our sweet, sweet Norah, here are some things we just love about you:

…your little scoot and how you clean my floors, when we say ‘KISS’, you’re always mouth, open and ready, that little giggle of yours, the way you wiggle and point when you spot the park or swings nearby and your fierce mama love!! Can’t wait to watch you grow and discover more this next year and of course introduce you to family and friends in Ireland this Summer!!

Norah Joy you are loved, happiest first birthday to you baby girl!!! x

Some favorite posts from your last year here, here and here.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13




Photos from Summer’s 3rd Birthday!

I can’t believe we have a three year old!! In the middle of birthday season over here and and a few weeks ago we ate Johnny’s chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast, visited the local toy store for a little treat (kinda love that you picked $1 bubbles and a packet of balloons!) and invited two of Summer’s little friends over for bubbles and birthday cake!

A few photos we took during your special day…

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Face-timing with grandparents over breakfast! I know it can be hard to live so far away from them on birthdays, but thankful for technology so we can still see them and chat. I’m sure everyone else also enjoyed your Nanny’s rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ too! ;)

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Happy 3rd Birthday, Summer!!!! We LOVE you.



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Summer Faith.

I’ve just tucked you in (hopefully!!) for the last time as a two year old. You asked for a story, so I told you the one of the day we first met. How you came into our life and forever changed it. You then quickly asked for another… “about a unicorn”…I love this age and that imagination of yours!!!

You have brought so much love and life to our family. We can’t wait to celebrate you tomorrow, with pancakes and presents and little friends and lots of love.

It’s become a little tradition on the eve of your birthday to stay up later than usual scrolling through hard drives of old photos and videos and the beautiful memories we’ve collected. It might also have to do with some last minute birthday crowns too!

This year you became a sister. And I’m so proud of the creative, sweet and loving human being you are becoming.

Happy Birthday sweet girl.

* written last night but never posted because Summer Adams that was not the last time we tucked you in!!!


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