Thursday, June 16, 2016

Happy 1st Birthday Princess!

I can't believe it's already been one year since this little princess came into this world fast and furious! She has brought so much joy to our lives, and is a constant reminder of God's grace. 
The confusion over why we'd only been able to adopt one seemed to fade when we found out we were expecting...a girl especially....but this year has been a great example of us making our plans, but God determining the outcome, and why we should be so very grateful for that!  Even in the hardest times, there's nothing like the joy of new life, the cuddles of an infant, the smile of one so dependent and trusting of you, to make you bring those feelings of gratitude.  I could not be more thankful that God's plan was to bless our lives with this princess.  For each of us, the blessings have been evident, and I love seeing each of the kids develop a special relationship with their baby sister!  

She is such a sweet baby!  She just goes with the flow, happy to be taken here, there and everywhere.  She sure is social, always waving at anyone and everyone, drawing attention and reveling in it :)  She knows what she wants, and makes it known...particularly with her famous outstretched arm...her way of pointing where she wants to go.  As much as I looooove when they're this little and truly don't want it to end, I'm so excited to watch this little girl go through each stage as she grows!

                       We celebrated her first birthday this past weekend with some friends and family!

                Of course when Meme is around, we're all chopped liver.  She sure does love her!

                             I remember when these girls were her age! I'm officially old!

                                                               Princess cake for a princess :)

                                   She definitely ate more cake than real food the entire day.

                                    And now has an entire summer wardrobe....thank you!

           At first I was a little disappointed to not get a picture of them all smiling....but then I decided that this is actually the best picture!  Caleb has his typical attempted smile, Levi is biting his nails as always, Keira's making the "she's not cooperating, what am I supposed to do" face, and Kyleigh just wants to GO....because she can now, and this is crazy that she's having to sit here!  I love that this little girl has such sweet siblings to look up to....and boy does she already!  Wherever they are, she wants to be....whatever they're doing, she wants to do.  And they so sweetly include her.

                 Today we are celebrating her actual birthday....she opened a couple of small gifts from us, and we took some one year photos.  She wasn't too keen on the latter :)  She may be oblivious to to this day, but the rest of us are celebrating our sweet girl!

Testing out AND tasting her new helmet :)

Love the tongue takes serious concentration to open a gift!

My attempt at a bow holder for a homemade gift.

Seriously exhausting...and boring!!
Her famous queen wave!

Happy 1st Birthday Kyleigh! We love you so very much and cannot wait to celebrate many more!

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