Sooo… Yeah, I’m awful at keeping up with this whole blogging thing. Mostly because once I haven’t done it for a while I start to feel that there is just TOO much to blog about and instead of catching up with any spare time I have its much easier to play word games on my phone.

So, my little boy, our little lion, turned 1 a couple weekends ago. I cannot believe a year has gone by already since this amazing day. The older I get, the more I wonder at people who hate birthdays, hate getting older. Now, I know I’m still in my 20’s (creeping closer to 30’s) so feel free to throw a feel evil looks at your screens if you must, but I swear every year so far just gets better. Yes, I am much more exhausted than 1 year ago, and I don’t get as much “me” time, but oh… so many more joys have been added.

We had been spending a couple of the first weeks in July in Michigan, so I didn’t have a lot of time or money to put together a big birthday party. Around a week and a half before the actual birthday I decided I needed to invite some people to celebrate the day. I invited several friends thinking there was no way everyone would be able to come… to my surprise and delight almost everyone responded promptly, “yes”. To have so many people we love, love our child is such a huge gift from God.

I knew the day would mostly be for us… our memories… but I still wanted to celebrate anyway. To create the memory of loved ones singing to and celebrating our son with us. I did however decided to keep the majority of the party simple with homemade decorations, cake, ice cream and drinks. Since we completely forgot the ice cream, we kept it very simple indeed. 🙂

I snapped a couple pictures before people started arriving.


You can’t see it… and I didn’t get a picture, but I had little photo’s of Judah hanging off of each balloon. Special thanks to pinterest for making me look like a half way creative person.

We sang to a very confused little boy who then got to eat the most sugar he’s ever tasted in his life. Definitely a win.


One of my favorite C.S. Lewis quotes (my all time favorite author) is this:

“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you much give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” 

Thank you, my darling son, for making me that much more breakable and vulnerable. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.