Monday, April 11, 2011

Baby how you've grown!

A year ago tommorow, we welcomed Eli into our family. He came when he was good and ready, and after all of the waiting, it was incredible to hold him in my arms. We had a little boy! We love him so much. During this past year there have been many sleepless nights and worry, and certain points that I felt that my heart was going to break because I didn't want Eli to have to go through the challenges he has been given, and wondering if he would be ok.

All along the way we have been blessed with Eli's sweet smile, patient endurance with all of his tests and health concerns, and the brightest little spirit. He has taught me about life, and how to go through hard things with a smile on my face and faith in my heart that Heavenly Father is in the details, and is mindful of us.

We have been blessed with family, friends and skilled medical professionals that have made some very difficult periods bearable, by giving us a shoulder to cry on, or gentle words of encouragement and advice and on how to best meet Eli's needs.

What an incredible year it has been watching our "little" guy grow. Eli is a miracle to me, I am so thankful that he was sent to our family. He has brought us so much happiness. The girls adore him and love to make him laugh. He has the most happy laugh. I love this beautiful boy, and his sweet nature.

What a joy it is going to be to watch this little man grow as the years go by. It is so fun to hear him say "mom" or "ma ma" or "mam-mam" those words are so precious to me. I love seeing him cruises around the furniture, pull himself up to things, or hear him squawk for another bite of what we are having for dinner. He has such a bright future, and I have every reason that he will be able to live a normal life just like any other child.

HaPpY BiRtHdAy Bubba! We love you so much!


  1. Oh man. He was a big baby. You deserve some applause too. Whew, I can't believe that it's been a year. That's so exciting. Congratulations on a Happy Birthday!!

  2. Ashley, you are such a sweet momma and a special daughter. Eli was sent to your home because Heavenly Father knew that you had the strength, courage and faith to raise such a special little boy. He is adorable in this picture. I love his sweet little smile and his cute laugh. He will grow up to be an exceptional young man thanks to a wonderful family that loves and cares for him so much. Have a great day! Happy Birthday Eli!

  3. oh baby eli! You are loved. Ash, that little picture at the bottom is so hillarious and adorable. That is so your child. You are wonderful and I admire all that you've endure and how you've handled yourself. Love ya Ashie girl.

  4. Happy Birthday, Eli! I wish we could've been at the birthday party. Love the Mario picture :)