I feel so FULL... and I mean FULL of God's many blessings.  My boy turned 1 last week and I can't imagine life without this bundle of JOY.  He's grown so much and SO FAST!  I still remember when people would look me in the eye and say "enjoy this newborn baby... he'll grow so fast... pretty soon he'll be walking, and talking, and driving, and graduating from high school.... "  Wow, isn't that the truth!??

My honey-bun is ONE!  Let's recap... 

I was also blessed to have my family here for the weekend.  My brother Steven and his girlfriend Lindsey flew in from Seattle.

My brother Lucas flew in from LA.

And my sweet mother was still enjoying her time here with us, all the way from Brazil...

They helped Joel and I get ready for the birthday party...

It was so fun!

More family... cousins, uncles, aunts, grandparents...

With aunt Mindy...

Good friends Jess, Tony, and their son Nehemiah...

Having fun...

Cake time (Thank you, Sue!)!!!

Joshua's First Cupcake!!!

Cousin Abbey...

Opening gifts...

Can't wait to see what the next year holds in store for us.  Joshua is a true blessing.  The Lord is showing me daily what it means to love someone unconditionally and sacrificially.  Being Joshua's mother has taught me to love more deeply, to pray more fervently, to rejoice in every detail, to appreciate his soft touch, to laugh out loud, to sing out loud, to read out loud, and to cry out loud. 

And there are no words to describe how much more deeply I depend on my Father in Heaven for His GRACE and MERCY.  Thank YOU, Lord!

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  1. What a wonderful 1st birthday party for Joshua. He is just adorable.


  2. Pics and blog is sooo good I felt like I was there!
    He is beautiful!
    I am so glad y'all had so much family in attendance!

  3. Happy Birthday to Joshua!!! I loved seeing all the pictures and especially the cake eating pictures :-)

    Babies are our blessings!


  4. Happy Birthday Joshua!

    My daughter just turned one a few weeks (gah, just realized it's almost a MONTH) ago. I understand everything you said so completely! I don't think it's possible to feel more blessed than to have the gift of a child!

  5. All the photos are wonderful, looks like the party was alot of fun. Joshua is sure getting big.
    And yes...what a blessing.

  6. Looks like fun! Someday Luke and Joshua will have to play together!!! Our little boys are growing up so fast!

  7. Happy Birthday Joshua!

    Wow, so many family and friends to celebrate with you! That is awesome and so wonderful that you could create such a precious memory!

    God bless you in the times ahead!

  8. CONGRATULATIONS! So lovely to see your whole family celebrating and thanking God together! xx
    Julie, Silknstyle

  9. That looked like a really fun party!
    You have a nice family also!
    What a cute son.