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Thank you for all of your sweet birthday wishes for Amelia. Oh, but it has been a brilliant sort of blur around here the past few weeks! A lovely blur, sort of like watching a merry-go-round whiz by. Our party was so, so nice. Everyone came, all of our friends, and neighbors, and Andy's parents came from Chicago, and Amelia's birthparents and birthgrandparents were here, and my family, and lots of kids of all ages. We had gorgeous weather, and there were crabcakes (and cupcakes), and hot cider, and wall-to-wall partiers all through the afternoon, and Amelia had a blast. We did, too. I hardly took any pictures because there was just so much going on, and there wasn't room, somehow. Balloons, flowers, children, presents, people: To watch her eyes light up the way they do at all of it, for everything and everyone, is just pure magic. Oh, dear, dear girl. You love, and are so very loved.

Right now the child is crawl-herding the corgi, and that's pretty much how it goes. Around and around in circles, always the corgi fleeing, always the baby giggling. She's just beginning to walk around the furniture on her own, and many, many (many) times a day we practice marching, with me holding her hands, and her giggling, both of us marching back and forth, back and forth across the house. It's pretty awesome, this whole learning-to-walk thing. I watch her standing with her hands balanced on the sofa cushions, then letting go with one hand, then both hands, wobbling and sitting down hard. Looking over at me to see if she should cry. Aw, naw. You're doing great. Try again!

The day after Amelia's birthday felt much more like New Year's Day than January 1st ever has, to me. I was surprised at how it felt. I'm so looking forward to this next year!!! Less working. More cooking. More sewing. More playing. More outings. One is pretty cool so far!


Such a lovely post! Happy Birthday to Amelia. Her party looked fabulous, so many pretty touches and all the small details so perfect, too. x

thank you for sharing the beautiful photos of that special day!
even though i am adopted myself i am still amazed about how much love is in my son's (who is also adopted) life. so many people love him and celebrate every little thing he does and ooh and aah over every picture. isn't it wonderful that he and amelia (and even me) have so much love in our lives? we all are truly blessed. :)

Wonderful party for a very special girl and she is much loved.

happy, happy birthday.

lasagna (?) recipe?

Isn't that special.

A beautiful party for a beautiful baby girl! It really does make my heart feel all warm and fuzzy.

what a perfect party.....enjoy every single moment cos it goes in a babies are now 21 and 22!

What a wonderful celebration! Happy birthday! Thank you so much for sharing your world x

Her party looks magical - everything from the invites to the food and decorations! Once miss Amelia gets the hang of it she will be running in no time :)

What a wonderful celebration for a sweet little girl! Everything looks so pretty for the party. I absolutely love the photo of Amelia in her carseat... she has the sweetest smile on her face. Portland looks gorgeous this time of year with all the fall color! And your lasagna and birthday cake look delicious!

sweet sweet photos. I love the one of dear wee Amelia snuggled into, is it her Grandmother? I love that feeling with my dear one year old granddaughter. What a lovely party, decorations and feast. And excitement with walking but oh dear, nothing will be safe from now on! (you know what i mean Miss Clover). I love the little cream cardigan.

If you like one- Your going to LOVE 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18... We are at 25 and I have to say it's pretty amazing stuff!

Happy (belated) birthday sweet Amelia! And congrats to you all :)

I love all of these photos. The table laden with food, all so pretty and appetising. But the shot of Amelia in her car seat really amuses me. She is giving us all the thumbs up that life is sweet and the satisfied look as if to say "I know I am loved". Pretty perfect really.

claire ashworth says: October 20, 2013 at 06:26 PM

I think if I were ever in a position to put a baby up for adoption, I would think finding parents like you two would be the equivalent of hitting the jackpot. You three deserve only the best of life and I'm so happy for you! Thank you for sharing pictures of this fantastic milestone!

What is the pattern for that baby scarf???

Happy Birthday Amelia! It's such a pleasure getting to watch you grow.

I don't comment often but I just SO look forward to your photos and posts - you are able to put so many of my feelings into words!

I love how much your family is your center and I feel so much the same way and am in no way documenting it as wonderfully as you are!!

Happy Birthday to you all!!

Also - that spread on the table looks SO fun - please share all that your served!

So beautiful and full of love is every photo here. What a great first year for a new baby!

Love the picture of all the babies pointing at the balloons...too precious!!

Hugs to Miss Amelia on the start of her second year! It flies by so fast, and you are so brilliant at capturing it and savoring each moment. Her party was perfectly her and perfectly YOU! Many blessings to you guys! As a nurse, I am always sympathetic when you talk about Andy's schedule, so blessings to him as well as he goes out to support his loved ones while caring for others in the process <3 Thanks for sharing! Happiest of birthdays, little Amelia!

I love that jauntily tied scarf, Amelia looks a very stylish miss...... the party decorations are so beautiful and mmmmm that table of food looks incredibly mouth watering.

blessings and love to you all x what lovely pictures and words x

The party looked amazing. Very impressive set-up. Happy Birthday, Amelia. You are so blessed to be surrounded by love.

Oh dear . . . I need the recipe for that lasagna . . . ASAP!

Happy Birthday to your beautiful little girl!

lasagna looks yummy..........recipe.
Happy 1st. She is beautiful.

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