Tuesday, July 24, 2012

One.

I hardly remember what life was like before Shane was a part of our family.  Maybe because I spent a huge chunk of the last year drowning in an ever increasing sleep debt.  I also don't remember being so deeply sad to see a first birthday creep rapidly closer on the calendar.
The year has been a beautiful, difficult, growing, changing, lovely, fulfilling, blur.

Our baby boy is one.

Our lives are so rich, so full, so joyful.
The friends and family who surround us, do life with us, raise kids alongside us, support and encourage us, are more than we could ever ask for or deserve.

We are beyond abundantly blessed.
Blessed and deeply thankful.

Thankful for an evening at the beach surrounded by so much love, celebrating our Shane.

(All captured by my dear friend Drew, who daily overwhelms me with her generosity and ability to capture these magnificent fleeting moments.  Thank you friend.  We treasure you and your family so much.)



















35 comments:

  1. He is just precious... absolutely adorable.
    Happy birthday to him! Can't believe he's a year old!

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  2. Happy Birthday to your littlest.. And that tiniest girl, gosh she was a small bald thing when I started reading your blog.. time flies in a blink. xoxo.

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  3. can't believe how fast a year flies by! happy birthday to your sweet boy!

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  4. if you ever want to send all your children here for like 3 months so I can just stare at their beauty, I'm totally ok with that!

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  5. I love how he is looking at everyone like I get to eat this!?!! And I love the last picture of him and the girls with cake on their faces....too cute!!

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  6. I can't believe it's been a year either! Such precious pictures and memories made. Love it!

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  7. LOVE the girls dresses....where are they from????

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    1. Thanks! The chevron is a hand me down from a sweet friend, via Target, the big girls' ones are from Nordstrom from their sweet aunt who spoils them like crazy.

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  8. That Drew is something else!! You have such a beautiful family Julie! I love love love that family portrait of you all. love big families being one of 4 myself. You're in for some fun times for ever and ever. :)

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  9. I die every time I look at your baby boy's blue eyes. Oh my goodness - so adorable!! ~ Andi

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  10. Happy first birthday, you big blue eyed, beautiful baby boy. I seriously can't take how stinkin' cute he is! :)
    You are so blessed and have a beautiful family Julie! :)

    XO~Amanda

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  11. My goodness how time flies! I was just thinking the other day that it'll be one year(next month) since Blog Sugar. What the what?!
    Regardless, Happy Birthday to your handsome little man. You are so blessed with that family Julie:)

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  12. I think if your baby and my baby got married in 30 years they would have babies with the longest eyelashes known to man!! You have such a beautiful family!

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  13. Happy Birthday to your little man! You have a beautiful family.

    I took our oldest to her 12th year well appt. today and almost cried at her stats! She was once a 6lbs. 4oz., 18 inch newborn. She is blooming at 5'2 1/2 inches and 101 lbs.!! YIKES, it all goes by in a flash!

    Enjoy it!

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  14. awesome.
    shane...i am so glad the world got to know your eyelashes.
    thanks for being born!!!

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  15. Those eyes just kill me! I love them! Happy birthday big guy!!!

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  16. My Gretchen has that same cute dress that Janey is wearing. It's my favorite thing to dress her in. :) LOVE Shane's blue, blue eyes. Happy, happy birthday to your little man!

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  17. Beautiful Beautiful Kids! His eyes are too gorgeous. Happy 1st year Shane. We celebrated my oldest daughter's 6th Bday at the Beach on July 22nd too. Good day.:) Blessing to you all!

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  18. Yes, babiest baby turning one =sad...but on a positive note, you are looking really great (not in a creepy way)... You have gone and skinnified yourself, and look absolutely stunning! ...even though I have always thought you were gorg.....

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  19. I love the look on Shanes face when he realises he is able to just pull that cake apart lol

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  20. pure magic. thanks for sharing these absolutely precious captures! xo

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  21. And they called Frank Sinatra 'Ol Blue Eyes!

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  22. Such gorgeous photos! Your babes are all beautiful and sweet on the inside. I cherish the portraits of my girls. By the way, your hair looks beautiful and healthy now after the disaster. All that walking and MFP is paying off! Good for you!

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  23. happy happy birthday sweet little shane.

    and congrats mom and dad on a year of joy and happiness with your little guy.
    sleep or no sleep, you did well. :)

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  24. I love the first photo, the family portrait....I can't help but see the bird captured in the pic as proof of the angel you have in heaven. Love the pics! Great post.

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  25. God is real and true and good...He knows what we need in the most personal way. Blessings are everywhere <3

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  26. You are such a liar! I KNOW that you only had that baby boy about 2 months ago! How can a year have gone by so quickly, and I feel like I don't remember what I have been doing? Happy Birthday, Shane! (And I don't really think you're a liar, Julie!)

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  27. OH one. :) Flies, doesn't it? My little Luke turns one in a couple of weeks...I'm still on major sleep deficit. Haha. LOVE LOVE your gorgeous family and those pictures!

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  28. Oh my gosh, his eyes!! happy birthday sweet boy!

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  29. Absolutely beautiful captures! Gorgeous family. Happy birthday to your sweet, long lashed baby Shane!

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  30. Happy Birthday Shane! Looks like the birthday was a huge sucess. Looks like you have lost some weight too! Congrats!

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