Tuesday, November 13, 2012


i didn't realize how emotional i would feel,
seeing my little baby girl turn one.
so many special memories of this time last year,
of her sweet birth and bringing her into our home.
i keep thinking about how she will never be this little again.

she is truly a gift from heaven.

here are her one year photos!
she is wearing her baby blessing dress. still fits!
i just added a sequin collar to spice it up.

daddy & baby...

and mama & baby...

and i couldn't resist stripping her down for a few shots...

some fun facts about violet at one year:

+ loves to "talk" on the phone

+ she makes animal sounds! dog, cat & horse

+ she is a very picky eater, despite all my efforts

+ extremely stubborn, strong-willed & independent

+ always on the go!

+ loves music, airplanes, animals & being outdoors

+ always learning new words
(she somehow learned "poopoo")

it's so amazing to me that being a mother
has turned out to be one of the greatest blessings in my life.
yes it's a lot of work, but no work could ever be more rewarding.

being a mother has taught me so much already.
honestly, it can be so tricky to juggle all my roles,
i am still working on finding balance. i am still learning to let go.
i am still learning that i can't do everything.
i am still learning that things need not be perfect.
i am still learning that i can say no. i am still learning to ask for help.
i am still learning to take time for myself.
as busy and crazy as things are in this stage of life, i am so grateful for the journey.
i am so grateful to be a mother. so blessed!!!


  1. She is such a doll. I love her dress. and yours too!

  2. I love what you've done with her dress! She's so, incredibly beautiful! I love hearing about her personality! Looks like she takes a little after her mommy! :) Also, I love Will's Movember Stash! Awesome! Happy birthday, V!

  3. What a sweet time in your life. Enjoy EVERY minute....they grow sooooo fast!! Such a sweetie! Ronda

  4. Happy birthday violet! It's been so much fun watching her grow

  5. I love your dress! Where is it from?