WHERE did you come from, baby dear?
Out of the everywhere into here.
Where did you get those eyes so blue?
Out of the sky as I came through.
What makes your forehead so smooth and high?
A soft hand stroked it as I went by.
What makes your cheek like a warm white rose?
I saw something better than any one knows.
~George Mac Donald (1824–1905)
This day that I had tried not to dread turned out to be really fun. And I'm okay with her being one now. I think. I am starting to find joy that is stronger than the sorrow at this phase of life ending. It is a blessing.
We sang to her over and over throughout the day. Exacto freaked out at his 1st birthday party when the lights went out and everyone started singing, so I wanted her to be prepared. :)
In the evening we had her party with just us.
There was an absolutely gorgeous sunset as we went outside to take some pictures with the balloons.
~ in her birthday tutu :) ~
(I made it for her using this tutorial).
This is one of my favorites of her from the day. Can't you just see that sweet, sunny personality she has? :)
~ surrounded by the men in her life ~
This was supposed to have LAVENDER ROSEBUDS. Just envision that for me. Please note, also, the rosemary sprigs. Isn't that profound? Not to mention the tights in the background. :)
Like this, ya know? (Are you impressed by my mad photoshop skillz? :)
She was reaching for the frosting already. . . .
~ one of those moments I want framed and hanging in my heart ~
~ her first authorized ice cream -- a rite of passage in our family ~
She even helped with the dishes afterward! :)
Oh, how grateful we are for this burst of sunlight into our family!
We love you, sweet daughter.