1 Year Old

Dear Gabriella,

Happy 1st birthday to my sweet baby girl!  We have had a fun weekend celebrating the first year of your life with our family and friends.  You enjoyed being the center of attention and told everyone all about it!

You are a JOY.  You are laid back and easy going.  You melt us with your sweet smile and cute little dimple.  You are babbling up a storm and telling us lots of stories.  You love to play and explore. You love your “bubba” and your face lights up when he walks in to the room.  If you’re upset, your daddy, mommy, or blanket can usually calm you instantly.  You enjoy sleeping and eating.  You’re starting to sign to communicate…so far you’ve signed “eat,” “more,” and “all done.”  You’ve also blown a few kisses.  So far, we’ve heard you say, “mama,” “dada,” “bubba,” and “papa.”  You are moving all over the place and very curious about your surroundings.  Although, you still haven’t started crawling “officially,” you have definitely figured out ways to get around.  You LOVE Elmo. You scream when you see him.  You are still the happiest and easiest baby.  People tell me all the time how blessed I am to have a baby like you.

Gabriella, I’m so thankful for you.  Your life has been a catalyst for change in many areas in my life that were in desperate need of change.  Mommy was nervous about being the mother of a little girl. It turns out I had nothing to worry about.  I have loved every second of shopping, sewing, dressing, bow-making, decorating, and any other girly thing I’ve gotten to do so far with you and for you.  You have helped to awaken a part of me that I suppressed for a long time.  Your life has helped me to learn more about what God says about us and also to trust Jesus more.  Your precious story has helped your parents’ marriage to strengthen and deepen to another level.  You have enhanced our family.  You are a blessing that Jesus designed specifically for us.  We love you more than words could ever describe.  You are the most precious gift.





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