I had the opportunity to spend the morning at a baptism for a man in our stake who's been investigating the church for a couple months. I was fortunate enough to attend a few of his lessons with the sister missionaries and learned so much as I watched his spiritual growth. Witnessing this man enter the waters of baptism definitely got me in the right mindset for what we had planned the rest of the day because it allowed me to have a much more eternal perspective.
After the baptism we met our families at the cemetery where the kids had fun putting little toys on Eli's headstone. Even though Eli never had a chance to do many "little boy" things, it made me so happy listening to his cousins talk about how much he loved playing with trucks because, naturally, that's what all little boys love. We spent a few minutes talking and taking pictures before singing and releasing white balloons in honor of SCID awareness.
There was a slight breeze that took the balloons as soon as we let them go so it seemed as though they were being taken straight to to Eli. It really was a neat experience.
Afterwards we all went to lunch together and had a chance to reflect on the year. My parents gave us each a gift "from Eli" that we loved. I got a neat bracelet with Eli's name on it and Logan got a model airplane that says: "To My Daddy, Who Gave Me Wings To Fly. Love, Eli" That couldn't be more accurate!
It's hard to believe Eli joined our family 1 year ago. It feels like it was 10 years ago but I'm sure that's to be expected given what's gone on the last 12 months. Although we had a wonderful day, I can't wait until we can celebrate all together. Happy Birthday, little buddy!
**Many, many thanks to everyone for all the love and support on Eli's birthday! It truly does make it so much more enjoyable having so many friends by our side.**
January 6: Logan's Birthday!
Some of you may remember that we were still in the hospital last year on Logan's birthday and I completely spaced it! I couldn't believe I didn't remember until he said something about it halfway through the day. To say I was mortified is an understatement. I was bound and determined to make it up to him this year.
During lunch I surprised Logan at work with some balloons and one of his favorite desserts: Kneaders' Fruit Tarts. I didn't get to see him so I called him and asked him to take a picture but he wouldn't. I know it made him happy though!
|The treats were gone by the time he got home but at least I have a picture with the balloons!|
After we both got home from work we went to Tucanos for dinner. We both love it and always over eat. Midway through dinner Logan said: "Please don't ask them to sing to me" so what's the next thing I ask our waitress to do?? Sing to him, of course! I'm an awful wife. I should have taken a video of them singing but I didn't even think about it. They walked out yelling to the whole restaurant, shaking a tambourine and asked everyone to sing along while Logan stood up in front of everyone. His face was priceless and I'm sure he still hasn't forgiven me!
brother headed back to Minnesota we were able to celebrate Logan's birthday with my family so that was a lot of fun as well! Happy Birthday, Rico! Welcome to Club 24!
When all the kids were together for the holidays we were able to get this adorable picture of them. Even better: This group will be expanded this year! (No, NOT by us!)
|Left to Right: Adam (3) Tanner (7) Ben (3) Nathan (6) Klara (6) Will (9) Lily (1) Mady (8) Amelia (18 months) Not pictured but there in spirit: Eli (1) :)|
Love you, little peanuts!