Belle’s birthday celebrations

5 Mar

It was a gorgeous day on Belle’s birthday! Seriously. Gorgeous. She had her 1 year checkup with Dr. Juj. We went for a walk to Bluebeard coffee which is right down the road. I got a latte and then the girls split a vegan and gluten free donut. We just hung out together the rest of the day and prepared for her party that night.

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Belle got a special package in the mail from her Nana, Grandpa and some aunts and uncles!

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We had friends over for a taco dinner and cupcakes for dessert for Belle’s birthday party. It was so much fun! Belle loves being with people so she really enjoyed being the center of attention.

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photo by Chelsey Hawes Photography

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This girl loved her cupcake! Oh my goodness. She screamed bloody murder when it was gone and she wanted more!

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A letter to you on your first birthday

28 Feb

Oh Belle,

We couldn’t have known before you born just how life-giving you would be to us. How could we ever live without you now? When you were born on February 28, it became one of the most important dates we would ever know. When I saw you for the first time, my entire world was turned upside down.  I felt such a strong punch in my gut of love. I still cry tears of joy when I think of that day. You are one of the greatest blessings and gifts in my life.

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You are such a sweetheart. You love people unconditionally. I know we always say it, but you truly make people feel good about themselves; as if they are the best ever with babies and children. Thank you for doing that.

Thank you for your darling smile and silly giggle. Thank you for being a snuggly baby. Thank you for being so loving. Watching your personality develop has been so fun. How could we ever have guessed, one year ago, who you would be today? It’s been such a great journey.

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Belle, you are so loved. All of your family (blood related or not) is obsessed with you. I can’t even put into words how much I love you. And yet, there is one who loves you beyond all that and I can’t even fathom it. Your heavenly Father loves you and desires you. He created you and wants you to be his daughter for eternity. Your Papa and I pray this for you. We want you to know that your worth and love is found truly and ONLY in Him. Our love is but a mere glimpse of his.

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Your big sister needed you. I can’t imagine how her life would be without you. You’ve caused her to be more loving, sensitive, caring, and sweet. She loves you, anyone can tell. You two are going to be best friends. I love, now, how close in age you are. You will always remember being with your sister and having her by your side. What a gift.

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I’m so thankful for your life;  for this year we have had to meet you, help you grow, love you, and care for you. We are blessed by you, our little whirlwind. I love you so much, Belle Scarlett Amor. Happy birthday.

Love,

Papa and Mama

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photos by Chelsey Hawes Photography

Belle’s first year recap!

28 Feb

My littlest is One. ONE! Oh gosh. To read her birth story (which is amazing and still makes me cry) go here:

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

At one year old Belle:

*weighs 20 lbs 10.5 oz
*has two teeth
*sucks her thumb
*says “hi” and “bye bye”
*is the greatest snuggler
*takes one 3 hour nap in the afternoon
*eats EVERYTHING and a ton of it. I don’t think there’s anything I could put in front of her that she wouldn’t eat.
*has blue eyes
*has the softest skin
*screams really loudly while playing
*is addicted to me. She follows me around the house crying until I pick her up
*loves all people. No stranger danger
*sleeps with a certain blankie and teddy bear every night
*is a tummy sleeper and sleeps around 12 hrs or until Solace wakes her up
*crawls, climbs, stands. She can climb the stairs like it’s her job
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February 28, 2013

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March

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April

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May

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June

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July

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August

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September

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October

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November

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December

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January

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February 28, 2014

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Daddy/Daughter Dance

24 Feb

This was one of the most adorable nights in Sol’s history was this past Friday night. She got dressed up to go out to dance with her Papa & her best friend Georgia and her dad, Randy. It was so fun to doll her up and send her out. They went out to eat and stayed up way past bed time. Worth it.

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Tattoo :: A Remembrance Stone

19 Feb

I serve a God would truly loves me. He loves so much that He sent his Son to die in my place, covered in my sin and my shame so that I wouldn’t have to. He knows that my heart is drawn toward sin. I am exposed before my Father, in essence, naked in my sin, but He doesn’t see that. He sees me as pure and unashamed because of what his Son did so many years ago. I am truly loved by the Father. I am undeserving. I act ashamed and fearful. I sin and sin again. I am undeserving of all that love yet He made me his daughter! So much  mercy and grace has been given to me!

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I have spent too long in the dark, hiding my shame and sin from everyone, even thinking I was hiding it from my Father. But when all that is brought to light, it is so freeing! Truly there is freedom in the light and bondage in darkness.

I wanted a reminder that I will see and meditate on daily. Something that would be noticeable to everyone so my tongue would be loosened and I would talk about it to anyone.

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I picked “naked” because it’s controversial and risqué and I know people will ask me what it means. I want to be open and honest. I want people to know I don’t have it all put together. I am a sinner. A big, hot mess. If it weren’t for Jesus dying for me, I would have no hope. But I do have hope! And I don’t want to be ashamed of that.

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I had a great support team go with me to House of Tattoo. I’m pretty sure they were more nervous than I was. And crazier! Haha

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These crazy people stood like this the whole time and took pictures and said awkward things. It was perfect :)

It honestly didn’t hurt that badly at all. Today it just feels like a minor sunburn. My tattoo artist (who is also Nick’s), Matt Cowell, is amazing. And he didn’t have to get me in that quickly (he’s literally booked out until August) but he got me in early somehow. Super nice of him. Nick is upset that he might have to divide his tattoo fund with me now. ;) It was a really fun experience and I’m so glad that I got it done! 

Tea time with Solace

7 Feb

Yesterday Solace and I had our first tea party together. I made her some caffeine free Cinnamon Apple Spice tea with honey and I had coffee. Belle sat in the high chair eating a snack while Sol and I played together. Neither of them whined for almost 2 hours. It was bliss.

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I can pretty much interpret most of what Solace is talking about. During our tea party we talked about my, hers and Ariel’s boobs, Papa, Angie G., uncle Michael, pants, jackets, taking sips of tea, worrying whether Belle had enough food, and prayed to Jesus. I think this will become a weekly, if not daily, tradition. I think it was helpful for her to have my undivided attention and to learn to relax and chill out for a while.

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She loves to say “cheers!” and tap our cups together.

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She’s growing up too fast.

Here’s a long video for anyone who cares to watch Sol in action. She’s a chatty girl for sure.

Zoo Lights and Sol’s big birthday bash!

6 Jan

Birthday girl pizza dinner!

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This is how she says she’s two!

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On Solace’s actual birthday (1/1) we took her to Point Defiance Zoo for their seasonal Zoo Lights! She absolutely loved it. She kept walking around and pointing to all the lights saying, “Cool! Cool!” To end her trip, she decided to hug on some little boys before leaving. Yup. That’s our girl.

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The day after her birthday we had a big dinner party for her at our house. So many of her favorite people were there! We had pork shoulder tacos and a birthday chocolate sheet cake.

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Here’s everyone singing Happy Birthday!

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