Friday, March 20, 2009

and the cuteness award goes to...

the baby in the bowl!

haven has been absolutely hilarious this past week in the kitchen. when she finds a toy interesting, she'll take it into the kitchen to 'show the baby in the dishwasher or oven' (her reflection!).  she'll sing and dance and even kiss 'her'. this is the reaction i got when i opened the dishwasher with a perfectly placed bowl. love it. love it.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

our little leprechaun


happy saint patrick's day!

Monday, March 16, 2009

queen for the day

here's a few shots of the party girl on her special day.
haven loves to grab whatever we're doing and 'help'. she's helping me sweep before her party. 

anybody know who's cup this is?
 bubbles! bubbles that haven' doesn't have to blow-- even better!
our friend matt (*who haven secretly likes, but always makes grumpy faces at!)


 not a fan of the hat or the cake
blowin' bubbles with branden and kate

these are the cupcakes that haven didn't drop on the floor. :)


Sunday, March 15, 2009

arrivals and delays


today marks the first anniversary of our daughter's arrival. when jon and i awoke on this morning a year ago, we had no idea that a tiny girl had been born a thousand miles away who was and is in fact our baby. our baby. when we did get the call that changed our history forever, it was all i could do to sit still for the rest of that day. not weep. or laugh hysterically. or knock on every neighbor's door to tell of our wonderful news. and oh how i craved to kiss her. smell her. count her little toes. but i couldn't.

i had missed the arrival. 

i have a handful of sentences and just a few pictures that tell of her arriving. but no memory of holding my sweet haven on her birthday. so today, i am thankful for low- grade fevers and upset tummies. thankful that in the whirlwind of our weekend, in between birthday parties and church gatherings, running errands and cleaning house, tantrums and chasing toys, a sweet little girl desperately needed snuggling and to sleep on her mom's chest, hushed voices and back rubs, calming songs and hair kisses. these things that already seem to be slipping away as we transition from infancy to toddling. 

a bit of the arrival, a year delayed. what a sweet way to celebrate and remember. how redeeming our Father is and how perfect are His ways. 

i love you haven kennedy, sweet daughter of mine. you have always been loved. it's my prayer that you grow in wisdom and truth, grace and humility, courage and strength, joy and love. that you embrace God and glory in Him alone, that you fearlessly follow His voice and lead others to follow your example. that you become a city on a hill, a refuge, a fortress-- not for your name's sake, but for His. amen. so be it Lord.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

happy birthday oma!

sorry we're a day behind--we're usually a day behind...
happy birthday!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

final product





here are some of my favorite pictures from the Wyatt's shoot a couple weeks ago. birthday girl pictures are on their way!