Sunday, October 2, 2011

Brynn's Ballerina Birthday Bash

Where did the time go?
Our sweet baby girl is officially a toddler!
It seems like only yesterday we were sitting in the hospital, waiting patiently to meet her...

{For more reference to the "Miss I-Make-A-Quick-Entrance" remark, see THIS POST}

I never realized that you could love someone so much... Or that a little person could give you so much purpose in life. I know that I speak for both Allen and myself when I say that she is our everything. Without her, things just don't have the same meaning as they used to...

Unfortunately, I have witnessed many moments where a mother has lost her child... I'm definitely not proud of that fact, but it has become such an eye-opener for me as I have become a mother and raised my little girl. I can still hear their gut-wrenching sobs, and can still see their hearts physically breaking right in front of me... These sounds and images will forever be burned into my memory. Honestly, I consider it one of my greatest blessings... Because of those experiences, there is not a single day that goes by that I don't thank the good LORD for the endless blessings that he has given me in being Brynn's mom... 
It literally brings me to my knees.
She is my miracle in so many ways... I won't lie and say that this last year has not been extremely difficult for me. And without Brynn, I know there were times when I don't know how I could have gone on another day... I prayed each day for healing, and for comfort and relief from my internal pain and struggles; For some solution to my despair... I finally realized that He had already given it to me
I made it through each day because of how blissfully happy she made me... My true gift from GOD.

 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I thank the LORD every day for giving me these past 7+ months to reflect, and to realize how important Brynn and her daddy are to me... They are my life, as is He.

So, celebrating a year of Brynn's life means so much more to me than just a "birthday"... It's a day that our gracious LORD gave me something that I will never be able to repay him for.

 Our little ballerina...

 Happy 1st Birthday, Brynn!! We love you so very much!

 (with Grammy and Grandma)

 "Brynn is 1" Pumpkins! :)

 B's Highchair:)

 {plate from Auntie Amanda, and other decor by Mommy}

The "Year of Brynn" on display... Months 0-12 :)

Playing with cousin Cecilia and Sophie! :)

B's 1st Birthday Shoes

 {The Cakes-- By Aunt Katie}

 Daddy's Girl

 Mommy's Sweetheart

 Yummy!! :)

 B loved her cake! :)

She even took some time to give Daddy a bite...

 ... And Uncle Andrew! :)

 Opening gifts was so much fun!! She loved all of her Dora stuff! :)

 And she loved cuddling with Miles-Man too! :)

 We love our family :)

Happy 1st Birthday, Brynn!!


katie said...

I can tell that you poured your heart and soul into this celebration!

Kate said...

Emily, you did a beautiful job with Brynn's first birthday. Great job taking the pictures (and video) and putting together the perfect post. I have NO clue what I'm going to do for Grace's bday. All I know is that I'm going to do something smaller and easy in London for her actual birthday and then do a proper party in January after we've moved back home. Any suggestions from my creative internet friend? ;)

Texas Tanners said...

YAY!!! It all looks so gorgeous and everyone including the birthday girl looks to have had an amazing time! :-) Happy Birthday Brynn!!

Laura @ My Thoughts-Uninterrupted said...

What a beautiful party! Happy Birthday Brynn!!! I am busy gearing up for Ethan's first birthday this weekend. Great work - time to put your feet up now right?

Natalie said...

Awww you did such a good job on her party! She was quite the pretty little ballerina! I'm glad you guys had so much fun :)

Anonymous said...

you did an awesome job on her party, it looked great! Love her outfit. Glad you guys had such a great time celebrating, I cant wait for Keira's party

Sweet N Sassy Girls

Katie said...

Everything was absolutely perfect...your personal touch on each and every detail! Great job with the Ballerina Bash! B looked adorable as always:)

Blissfully Burton said...

ahh! i missed all B's posts!! I will get to reading up on all of it soon! :) The pics look adorable and I will totally be stealing your idea of the pink pumpkins for H's bday next year if I can remember. HAHA Love it all and looking forward to catching up with your posts!

Katie said...

I love all the pictures! It looks like the party was a great success!! All the pink ballet touches were perfect - great job, mama!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl!! You are such a cute Momma and what a great birthday theme! Love all the pics!!

Meg {henninglove} said...

this is so sweet! you were called to be her mommy and every day you has with her is definitely a gift! love her party and of course a 1 year old with her own cake makes me smile :-)

Val said...

Truly adorable!

Tonia @ said...

Brynn is so adorable and you did a fabulous job on her birthday party!

Patrice said...

So sweet! All of the details are just perfect! I love her highchair by the way. What a cutie! Happy Birthday!

Jamie said...

Oh my goodness! What a sweet little party! I love the decorations, cake and Brynns outfit is just adorable. My daughter is a little ballerina- so I am a huge fan of anything having to do with tutu's!