Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Lily's Birthday Weekend

As of 9/15/2012, 
she is F.I.V.E.
 Hard to believe!

  Lily got a haircut ....

and a violin (thank you, Grandma & Grandpa for the violin!). 
Oh the sounds! 
Her violin literally looks like it is from the American Girl store.
So tiny!

Started off the weekend by reading a book to her kindergarten class on Friday morning.   

"I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!"
A personal motto & my favorite book from back when I was five.

Saturday was her actual birthday ...
The girls were waiting for Lily's birthday party to start!

Some friends came over to our house on Saturday morning.
Hannah had planned games & took care of most things for the first half of the party.

These are friends that Lily went to preschool with & now two of them are with her at the elementary school.  
So nice for them to still be together!

Elmo cupcakes ... 
Happy Birthday Sweet Lily!

The kids spent more than 30 minutes jumping on the trampoline & rolling down the hill in our backyard. 
Just a nice party .. and both of these activities were FREE.  :-)

Sunday afternoon we got out on the water ... 
new fun times in Kentucky!!!
A perfect day for a boat ride ..
... the last Sunday of Summer to take a swim

A great weekend ... 
just being together, enjoying life & being grateful for all we have!!

In Lily's class, the teacher has a "Birthday Journal" 
where the parents write about the day their child was born.  
Well, I couldn't really write any details about the day Lily was born 
but I was able to write about how loved Lily is, how wanted she was (& is!), 
how much she was hoped for & prayed for!  

I had a hard time not crying my eyes out writing about 
how much I wish I had been there the day she was born ... 
apparently when the teacher read it to the class she had a hard time not crying! 

Lily's story is pretty special and 
I treasure the many miracles God orchestrated to bring her into our lives.

I am so thankful to be her Mommy!
Happy 5th Birthday, Lily Sha Hope ...
I am grateful for the life God gave you and for the plans He has for you!
I love you with all my heart & couldn't imagine life without you.


  1. I can't believe she is FIVE either!!! Happy birthday precious Lily!
    I pray you have a wonderful year!

    Hugs from MN,

  2. happy birthday and happy school days! i love when you blog!!! thinking about you all from northern ky! your strength continues to inspire! thanks!!!!