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Reflecting on Mother's Day + Pics from Joy's First Birthday

Reflecting on Mother's Day + Pics from Joy's First Birthday

A beautiful mess quote

This quote definitely sums up my life, these days. 

As Mother's Day 2015 comes to a close, I can't help but reflect on the three beautiful blessings that have earned me a lifetime membership in this amazing club. By my count, this is my seventh Mom's Day, and the joy I feel has increased exponentially. Every year, my goal is the same: to do my best to be the mother each of my children needs at any given moment. I know they're all very different, and thus the one-size-fits-all parenting techniques simply don't apply. Though my life would be easier if they did (!), I'm grateful for the challenge because it allows me to discover parts of myself that might have remained hidden. We are growing together, these precious babes and I, and the knowledge they impart is just as valuable as mine.

Below are just a smattering of photos from Joy's first birthday, as well as a collage of gems from the past year. There's also a video compilation of my pregnancy vlogs, as well asJoy's birth story, just in case you'd like to see where it all began! I was going to do separate blog post dedicated to her special day, but life unexpectedly intervened (as it seems to be doing so often, lately!). It was modest celebration, but I like to think we made up for that with our enthusiasm. ;)

Baby's first birthday balloons

Love her facial expression in this one! 

First birthday silly headband cute toddler girl

As you can see, she's not a natural charmer. Like this romper? It's from Target and it's on clearance!

First birthday cupcake with LED candle

Joy's extra-special Birthday Cupcake from Urban Cookies  (Best. Cupcakes. EVER!) and an LED candle for safety (it even blows out!) 

baby's first year collage

My, how you've grown, baby girl!

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