Our sweet baby boy, Matthew Ron, turned one year old today! He has been such a joy to our family. I admit that adding a new baby into our lives after 3 1/2 years of no baby was not easy. I had forgotten how tired a new mom could get, how hard nursing was, how loud a baby’s cry could be. I had also forgotten how quickly they go from rolling over, to sitting, to crawling, to walking, to running! It won’t be long before he’s celebrating his second birthday! It seems time just speeds up more each day. 
One year ago today…
Here are a few photos of our little family birthday party we had for Matthew.
 I made animal face cupcakes. They are supposed to be a frog (green), a lion (orange), a sheep (white) and a bear (yellow), but they didn’t all turn out quite like I wanted them too. Oh well. They tasted good! 🙂
 Singing “Happy Birthday” to our big one year old!
He was quite bewildered about the whole thing!  
(I just love his expression here!)
He blew out the candle! (With a little help from Mom!)
 His first bite of cake! He was a very neat eater, probably the neatest we’ve had so far!

 This is as messy as he got. Not bad!
 We were so happy that my Mom could make it for his party. We have all had a very busy summer.
 He got a pop up toy from Mom and Dad! I love those things. lol!
 I also splurged and bought him a bath toy! Woohoo! 🙂
 AND…some new jammies! He’s growing like a…baby…so I had to get him 18 months size pj’s. 
I thought they were adorable! 
We are so grateful to have had this precious boy in our lives for a year. As the cliche` goes, time flies, and it does. Time doesn’t just fly, however, when you’re having fun. It flies when you’re tired, when you’re ready to quit, when you’re broke, when you’re sad, when you’re suffering from illness…it flies always. This has been a very hard year in many ways for me. I’ve struggled with horrible PPD, financial struggles, illness, loss of friends and many other heartaches. Yet, time didn’t stop. My babies grew. I decided to enjoy each moment, even in the midst of pain or sorrow. So, we made memories, we laughed, we loved. We seized the time that we had, even if circumstances weren’t ideal. We made the best of use of our time, and I have no regrets.
For Matthew to read someday:
Happy birthday, Matthew. I love you very much. We had quite a scare this year when you swallowed that clothespin spring. I’m so grateful that God spared you. I am praying that you give your heart and life to the Lord and always do what He wants you to do.
Love always,


5 thoughts on “My Baby is One

  1. Susan says:

    Happy Birthday to Matthew!!! He had some cute faces going there! 😉 By next year he'll be all about the singing and cake and presents.


  2. Valerie says:

    Thank you, Susan! 🙂 You're right, next year will be very different!


  3. Ava Kinsey says:

    Love the pictures!

    Happy Birthday, Matthew!


  4. Elsabeth says:

    Awww…He is such a cutie! I'm sure y'all had a wonderful day 🙂


  5. Tori says:

    Wow, happy birthday Matthew!!! Can't believe he's one already. Congrats to all!


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