Hello, friends! I haven’t been posting to my blog like I wanted to. I will be better! I am determined to make this a habit!
So, Ollie turned one! A couple weeks ago, but it happened. My baby is on his way to being a toddler, which is hard for a momma to accept. Well, it is for this momma! Here’s some pictures from our celebration and a letter to the birthday boy at the end.
Today you are one. To think that it’s been a year since I first held you in my arms is amazing. This year was filled with difficulties and, more importantly, tons upon tons of joy. I marvel constantly at the wonder of The Lord – that he would give us two beautiful daughters and two handsome sons. I am overwhelmed at his goodness. Oliver, your father and I pray for you everyday. That you will grow strong and healthy, that you will grow in Godly character, that The Lord will work in your heart and make you His own, that you will be kind and loving to others, that you will be the man He has created you to be and will honor Him in all that you do. I pray that we give you all the tools you will need in life and teach you the ways of The Lord. Oliver, you are so loved by your family. Your mommy and daddy love you, your big sisters love you and your big brother loves you, and The Lord loves you.
Over the past year we have been getting to know you more and more and seeing your sweet little personality come to life. You are a joyful boy that loves to laugh and smile. You are determined and bold, you are loving and sweet, you are athletic and energetic. You are so many wonderful things.
By one you have mastered walking and climbing. (I can’t keep you off the kitchen table.) You are a chatty little thing and can say: daddy, mommy, Elli, bye-bye, hello, no no. You have all your front baby teeth except one stubborn tooth on the bottom left side. You refuse to eat anymore of that squishy baby food and want only what the rest of the family is eating. You must think you’re big stuff, huh? You love playing and keeping up with your older siblings and do a good job of it.
Oh, and before I wrap this up I have to tell you that your ears are the best! Everyone always tells me how much they love them. They make everyone smile! But NO ONE loves them more than me. They are part of what makes you unique and special. I love the sweet way your eyes crinkle and your mouth stretches across your face all the way to those wonderful ears whenever you smile. I wanted you to know that!
Happy 1st Birthday, Oliver Matthew!!!
I love you,