Happy First Birthday, Archie and Ethan!

Today, we were invited to celebrate our friends’ twins’ birthdays. Archie and Ethan are little miracle babies. Their mum and dad endured a difficult pregnancy, full of uncertainties – they even faced the possibility they could lose one or both babies. These babies were covered in prayer by many people and God brought these precious lives through various life-saving interventions, out of danger, and they were delivered safely a few weeks early – tiny, but fighting and stronger than expected. After only one week, mum and new twin babies were allowed home. How amazing is God?! He continues to answer prayer so mightily! Today we got to celebrate their first birthday and thank God for their lives.

 

20130511_094853Asa was given this adorable little outfit by his great Auntie Sarah. I love the slogan, ‘Perfect Little Person’. People may look at our baby and see a chromosome disorder, but we look and see Asa – our gorgeous, funny, happy little boy. He isn’t perfect because we all have sin in our life, but he is perfectly ours, perfectly formed and perfectly loved by a Creator God who doesn’t make mistakes.

20130511_164508Asa loved watching the other children bouncing away.

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Evie is Archie and Ethan’s big sister – she is almost three. I’ve heard it said that ‘friends don’t count chromosomes’ – Evie certaintly isn’t bothered as she cuddles Asa and plants a gentle kiss on his forhead!

Emelia is Three!

Happy birthday dear Emelia, you are so precious. We love you xx

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Today is Emelia’s birthday. Our beautiful little girl is three years old. I can hardly believe that she is so grown up now, and is soon to be starting nursery (in September). I actually feel a little emotional today. I feel as though we only just had her, an 8lb 6oz little chubby, hairy bundle of love, joy and colic(!) – and then I blinked and all of a sudden, here we are three years later. So much has changed since those early days. She developed her own unique way of crawling – firstly on her back, then shuffling her head and pushing or jumping with her feet; then progressing on to all fours, doing a kind-of bunny hopping. She is now walking and talking amazingly well. She is incredibly social and loving. There are also toddler tantrums and foot-stamping independence. In the past year, we have moved house and added to our family with little Asa. A lot of changes in three years – but my, how blessed we are! We give God all the credit and glory for Emelia and for Asa.

We have had a busy week! On Wednesday, Emelia had her party with her friends – a picnic style tea party with some games. And bubbles – all children seem to love bubbles, especially young ones! Last night we had family around. Thanks to everyone who made these two evenings so special, and for the presents. She has lots of new toys so doesn’t really know what to play with!

Two parties done and dusted, the house has been restored to some kind of order, our bags are packed and now we are off to our annual church’s weekend away in Paignton!

20130416_221226My mum and I made Emelia’s Peppa Pig birthday cake.
Above is the final touches, below is the finished cake.

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20130417_161056Emelia at her party on Wednesday :-)

20130418_210914Cousins! Above, Liam.
Below, Jade.
20130418_21063220130419_102250Emelia opening her presents this morning. Her favourite?
Her nurse outfit from Nanny and Pops!

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