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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!


You enrich the lives of so many people...may your hearts be blessed over and over. ---The little lamb is so sweet.

What a beautiful celebration! Can I ask where you found the decorations? They are such beautiful colours. Very inspiring thank you.

It looks like a wonderful day!

Oh what a truly lovely party for sweet Amelia!!! I feel like I know her and she is just the kind of sweet girl you want to pick up, give her a squeeze and touch her cheeks. She has been blessed by God to join your home and I agree with other comments that you can tell your home radiates love. Your food always looks scrumptious. I don't know how you have time to do it all but your blog is one of my favorites and I look forward to new posts. Blessings little Amelia and family!!!!

Parabéns! A vida pode ser uma bela surpresa!

How kind you are to allow us such lovely glimpses of your lives! You inspire me to bring more warmth, joy, and community into my home! Sending warm wishes to you all on your First Year together! Happy Birthday Amelia!

You created such a beautiful and memorable day for your daughter. It's funny...I had to do a double take of the photo with the bottle in her mouth. At first glance, it appeared as though she was blowing a bubble with bubblegum!

Joan Clements says: October 22, 2013 at 03:59 PM

Okay, I'm turning 61 next February....what say you come and throw me a birthday party....this one looked fabulous!

as always... beautiful words and beautiful pictures! i have this vision of amelia someday looking back on this blog and reading all about her beautiful childhood experiences through the eyes of her adoring mama :) and i must say... i love the way you include her birth family in so many things... that is a rare and beautiful thing... selfless i suppose. you are amazing! thanks for the inspiration.

What a magical, beautiful Posie-style celebration. Such a lucky, lucky little girl. Happy Birthday Amelia!

Katie Belle says: October 23, 2013 at 08:46 PM

How did you hang the balloons and decorations from the ceiling? What a cute idea!

"and Amelia's birthparents and birthgrandparents were here,. . ." The fact that you can say that, with such apparent ease (perhaps belying the private tangle of emotions inside, but still) makes me want to cry for my husband and all the other adopted people who might have liked to know their birth families through open adoption. I am happy for you and your beautiful child and hope the birth family is at peace.

Looking and reading your blog always fills me with pleasure.. You have such a wonderful way of telling it in pictures..Your pictures say everything for you.. you can catch the right moment with your lens.
I love taking pictures too but yours are something else.. out of the world .. I have been a regular on your blog.. since Amelia came into your life .. and love to see the way she has grown with all your love and attention.. BEST WISHES TO HER AND YOU ALL...
You seem to have planned a great party.. can you tell us what was the menu for the day.. It looks yummy... We in India have different items for parties so I was curious , so as to be able to plan something different the next time...

Carol LaForet says: January 02, 2014 at 03:32 PM

You have a lovely blog.

I was wondering if you knew where one could get the pattern to the grey vest the little girl is wearing in your pictures?

Thank you.
Carol L.

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My name is Alicia Paulson
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