Thursday, May 13, 2010

Happy First Birthday, Ellie!

Wow, Elliana Hope, you are one year old today. When I think about where we were one year ago today and where we are now, I am just overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God. And His incredible plan that we never could have imagined! I have so much more to say on that topic, but there is a party to plan and some fun to share, so I will post again after the big shindig this weekend. Thank you, Lord, for Ellie, our sweet little blessing.

Just for fun, here's a short (shorter than it originally was!) walk through this past year:

Kate meeting her sister for the first time.

Little newborn Ellie.

First family picture, taken two days after Ellie's birth and also on the day we put our house in VA up on the market.

Two days after the previous picture when we accepted a contract on our VA house.

The other person to join our family this year, Uncle Evan.

Enjoying her first trip to the zoo.

Oojaboo little pumpkin!

The girls at Christmas.

Sweet Jelly Bean.

Who knows what the next year has in store? Thank goodness we trust in God, who definitely knows. Happy Birthday, baby.


Nana said...

Sweet little jelly bean! What a joy you are and what a joy that Nana can be here to celebrate with you. (Grandpa would like to be here too, he's sad). You have such a wonderful family and you are loved dearly, sweet little one! One year and many more to go with a fun older sister to be right beside you! Happy Happy Birthday!
(good job, Mommy!)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Little Ellie,
I love the series of pictures of your first year! What a year it was. You are growing so fast. Give your Nana a hug for me and enjoy your party on Saturday. I am looking forward to seeing the pictures.
We love you,
Uncle Al and Aunt JoAnn

Shari Baker said...

Wow, Ellie has grown so much in the last year (like all babies do, I guess). The picture of her and Kate when she was born is so cute, with Kate's wide eyes peeking over Ellie in wonderment! So cute. Have a fun party tomorrow!

b.niel said...

yaaay! Happy Birthday, Jellie Bean! We love you and you are a precious part of our lives.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Ellie! As we ran through airports and were grateful to get back to USA soil, we went right to the blog on our phones, knowing we'd find a new posting! What joy! Every picture a real sweet memory and the new ones soooo sweet. Love all these cute photos of Ellie and even the one of the "homeless princess!" Thank you for making a very hard day so sweet. We thank God for His faithfulness and blessings in your lives! So glad you could be there, Nana!! Love to all...Gram+Pops

Erin said...

Happy birthday, beautiful Ellie! I loved all the pics from a year ago. Can't believe how much you all have done in a year! It flew by, too. I just noticed that Jon is wearing a Tali-Bar shirt. Patrick has that same shirt .... and a couple of coffee mugs, etc, with that logo ... ;-)