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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!


What a beautiful party. One is really great, I enjoyed one very much with both of my children.

Keep to your promise of less working. It's so easy for us work at home mamas to work too much and the days just whiz on by. Nightly, I tell myself this.
Happy birthday, Amelia!!!!! How wonderful! The real fun starts now. I'm not so much a baby person, but OH! how I love the toddler years!

Gosh, you captured Fall so well .. and that looks like a great party. I still need to grab breakfast while I'm reading this but that picture of the vegetable lasagne made me want to have a piece of that !
Thanks for sharing these beautiful images !


I agree with Auntie Allyn ^^ thank you for sharing all the joy and sunshine of this special day -- and more importantly this special little gal. She is adorable. I have been reading since right about the time of her birth and it's been a delightful year.

I agree with a comment made further up -- mama you need to perhaps treat us to a photo of you and your sweet girl, together.

The first photo is so lovely; it reminds me of some of the pretty prints you use for Amelia's clothing. So pretty!

Oh what a year of beautiful blessings for you. We have so enjoyed watching Amelia grow. Your blog makes me heart glad. Happy birthday sweet Amelia!

Wow! She's a lucky girl, to be doted on so intensely. I'm always amazed at how heartfelt your posts are. Thank you, Cornel

Alicia, doesn't it just make your heart glow?! It certainly does mine. I get the same way with my little button.
Sheree x0x

What beautiful party and decorations! I am amazed how you have managed to balance Amelia's birth family with yours!Congratulations!AriadnefromGreece!

Happy Birthday....such a beautiful time .....can I ask what you put in your party bags??

A fall pretty girl. Congratulations to her !

Susan Roberts says: October 19, 2013 at 05:47 AM

Happy late birthday to your sweet baby girl! Wonderful memories for her and what a wonderful life you have created as a family! LOVE to read your blog and you not only are talented with needle arts, but with expressions and writing! We all feel like we know you and love the cozy feeling you generate and inspiration! One lucky little girl!

What a gorgeous day! Not only the weather, food, decor and friends/family but that little Amelia. I live receiving your posts in my email and on those mornings I read them and smile at the photos before I even get up from my cozy bed. I know you don't have to share about your life and especially your little girl, but by doing so I feel like I know you all and that I live down the street. Your life is beautiful, happy and very thankful and it radiates from your posts and what a blessing for those who read. Thank you for sharing and the happiest of birthdays to a little girl who deserves the best and to her parents who do too!

Heather C. says: October 19, 2013 at 06:04 AM

Your party looks like such a fun time! Every detail is beautiful. Has it really been a year? Why does everything go so fast? btw, WHERE did you get that pony T-shirt? My friend Jesse needs one!

Such a beautiful party to celebrate Amelia's first year of life. She is so loved by all!

Happy birthday, Amelia! I want a pony t-shirt just like that. :)

It looks like fun was had by all. I remember my daughters first birthday. It was definitely more of a celebration for the adults. I remember commenting that it was a blessing we all made it through the first year. Mostly because she was a preemie and we were first time parents. She's almost three!

Oh Alicia, thank-you for sharing.

Thank you for sharing the life of this precious blessing with us! I've found your blog this past year when Amelia was recently adopted, and can honestly say seeing a new post from you with pictures of this angel is a highlight of my day. She looks so much like my oldest daughter, who is now 11, and I know exactly how much joy that little girl brings...which you express soooo beautifully. I imagine there are birthday celebrations all over the world for Amelia this week :) God Bless you all in this next year!

Can't tell you how much I enjoy your words, your pictures, your story, just all of it! Again and again, thanks for sharing, don't ever stop!

Belated birhtday wishes Dear Amelia! One year old already?!
I have no doubt you have been the greatest blessing for your Mum and Dad!
Sending hugs from the Pacific nW coast,

What a spread you put on it looked like an amazing party. You are lucky to have so many friends and family to help you celebrate her special day.

wow. you sure know how to throw a party.
and I want to eat that 1-year-old up.
(after I eat those deviled eggs.)
SOOO yummy.

I have been reading your blog for many years now Alicia, and when Amelia came into your lives I felt as much happiness for you as I would for any of my girlfriends.

I'm not a great commenter, but I am compelled to leave a note today to wish lovely Amelia the happiest of birthdays with many delightful returns and to wish both of her parents lots of love. Reading your blog, the love exudes out and warms my heart. Thank you for sharing x

Happy first birthday to Your darling girl, i adore the picture of her looking at her birthday cake, just beautiful,best wishes Julie xxx

it makes me feel so good to think her grammies and birthgrammies and birth rents and the whole village was there, eating crab cakes. what a wonderful world. thank you for sharing it with us, and miss mimi, many, many happy returns of the day. you have hit the lotto, baby grrrrrrrrl. <3

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at