Thursday, May 15, 2008

The BIG #1!!!

So, one year ago today the boys were born.

There are some days that creep along so slowly I can see the turtles passing me by...but then there are days that fly by! There are some days that I don't enjoy to the full extent because of extra fussiness or I selfishly don't get to do something that I want to do. Then there are moments that I just want to freeze in time so I can breathe in the fullness of joy that makes my heart grow.

Zach and I wanted to be parents from the get-go. We wanted that special family time, we wanted the diapers, car seats, crying, runny noses, and sleepless nights. I can truly say that this past year has been more rewarding than anything we could have created ourselves. So we thank God- our Creator- for creating Will & Levi for us.

Unfortunately, we know the harsh reality that we can not decide how long they will be comforted in our arms or how long I can kiss their sweet cheeks or watch them grow. What I can do is show them the love of their Creator. What I can do is instill a faith in them that begins with childhood devotion and develops into a deep foundation for a way of life. And all along the way, I can kiss their sweet cheeks, hold their dimpled hands, and watch them grow.

Zach and I have experienced true grace in that we've not done anything to deserve the greatest gifts of children. Through them, we have been taught the love of a Father. It is truly amazing.

So today, we celebrate a fun, emotional, crazy, memorable, and joyful first year with Will & Levi. We look forward to many more!

And now...for a walk down memory lane....

9 a.m. on May 15, 2007
watch it! i saw your eyes just flash open. yup. i was big.

1 day old. will left, levi right. miracles.

2 weeks old. levi left, will right. precious.

2 months old. will left, levi right. crazy faces.

4 months old. marching.

6 months old. handsome.

7 months old. studly.

9 months old. lovable.

11 months old. fun.

one year old! priceless.


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JENNY said...

Happy Birthday Will and Levi!

summer said...

It just keeps getting better! Happy first year to all of you!

Laura Webb said...

Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Will and Levi, happy birthday to you!! SO CUTE!!

Kara said...

Happy Birthday will and Levi!

Heather said that our boys like to play together at YCW...let me know if you would be interested in getting them together this summer to play. How fun! :)

*Courtney* said...

Oh Happy Birthday boys! They are so cute. :)

Kenli Shea said...

A large group singing happy birthday freaks me out too boys. Love you both, especially my main man, Levi.

Matthew and Jes said...

Happy Birthday boys!!!!

Leah said...

Girl...I was that size at 34 weeks! Happy Birthday to the boys!!!

Erin Faubus said...

Happy 1st Birthday to the boys!

Shannon Burton said...

What sweet boys! Happy birthday!