Liam Jacob. You are ONE! How the time flies. You are my little miracle, in so many ways. You’re a fighter. You fought to be here and you are so very strong. We had a rough time bringing you into this world, but I have no doubt that you wanted to be here. You came into our lives for a reason. I’m so proud to be your Mama.
Your favorite things are:
Teddy (your puppy)
Your tiger Lovey
You love to:
Bark and growl like a puppy
Climb the stairs (even though mama says NO)
Play with your big cousins
Taking a few steps on your own
Saying lots of new words (dog, mama, dada, WHOA!, nope)
Getting more teeth (I swear you have a new one every day)
This year with you has been truly magical. Watching you grow into a “big boy” has been the best gift I could ever have. You are so funny and smart (and you know it!) but you have a kindness about you that I absolutely love. You are full of so much joy. I love it when you give me snuggles, sing me songs, and when you laugh at my silly faces. I never knew being a mama could be so much fun.
I keep listening to this song on repeat. And getting a little (a lot) teary eyed.
Today marks our 4th wedding anniversary. 4 years isn’t exactly your typical anniversary milestone… (I think the 4 year gift is “fruit,” so really nothing particularly special) For us, this past year has brought about so many unexpected twists and turns. We’ve experienced so much love and loss this year – more than I ever could have expected. At times my heart has been so full, and at other times it has felt so lost. But through the good and the bad, I have had my best friend by my side, supporting me and holding my hand when the times have been tough. When you commit to “for better or for worse” the latter seems pretty impossible to imagine. I’ll admit at the time of our wedding those were just words to me. But now, after this year, they mean so much more. We have truly been through some of the best moments, and some of the most heartbreaking. I believe we have become so much stronger together because of it all. I couldn’t ask for a more amazing man to spend my life with, and to be by my side through the good and the bad. Your the best husband and “dada” ever. I love you forever Tim!
Thanks to Tara McMullen for taking this gorgeous photo of our little family in Palm Springs last March.
Oh Michigan. I miss you so much.
Last week we took a trip with family and friends to Saint Joseph, Michigan. We rented a house on the beach and spent our days in the sun. Sometimes you get into the hustle and bustle of life (especially during wedding season!) and forget how good it feels to get away and spend time with the ones you love most.
We went to a blueberry farm (Liam’s favorite part) dug in the sand, and sat out under the stars. It was so quiet and peaceful. A week of un-interupted time with my two favorite boys was the absolute best. As a new Mama, getting to watch your child grow and have new experiences is truly amazing. Watching Liam crawl and wiggle his little baby toes in the sand and giggle just may have been my favorite part…
A few of our favorite stops in Saint Joseph:
Silver Beach Carousel
The Lighthouse at Silver Beach
DeGrandchamps Blueberry Farm
The cutest Bookstore ever -
and I highly recommend our Vacation Rental Home.