It’s official! It’s Trinity’s first birthday today! Yeah! Happy Birthday, Trinity! We are so blessed to have you as our daughter. You are healthy, beautiful, kind spirited, loving, funny, peaceful, easy-going, happy, silly, girly, lovely. It is hard to believe you are one today. We were so excited to meet you one year ago. And you are more than we ever dreamed and prayed you would be. God protected you during a storm and brought you to us safely. You have been the calm in the wild storm of our lives ever since. We love you so so much, ladybug!
On Saturday we had a party for our little bug. She had an amazing time celebrating and LOVED all of the attention. She lit up when the room began to sing “happy birthday.” It was so precious.
Me and T with some sweet friends.
Making her way around the room.
Here she comes!
Ephesians 6:1-4 says “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise), “that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
Today, we honored my father on his 70th Birthday. It was a joyous celebration as he was surrounded by family: his wife, son and daughter-in-law, daughter, daughter and son-in-law, brother and sister-in-law and 6 grandchildren (5 grandsons and one granddaughter.) His family is his living legacy. We are raising our own children to walk with God and follow the example given to us by our parents.
Happy Birthday, Dad! May we celebrate many more birthdays!
To end our amazing California vacation, we celebrated the first birthday of our twin nephews- Mason & Gabriel. The party was on the patio of a Mexican restaurant. We all had a great time. And it was a perfect party for the kids. There was even an appearance by Spiderman (who sounded a bit like Gilbert Gottfried at times.) Which is really funny because our kids know his voice from the movie Aladdin- he is the voice of the bird.
It was wonderful to be able to celebrate their birthday. We were able to be in California for their birth, and to be able to come back for their first birthday, was such a special time for us. We are especially thankful to Moustapha’s mom and dad for including our family in this trip. We had a great time!
Our first son, Bakri was born on March 24, 2005. Unfortunately, my disk driver is not working on this computer, so when I went to put in a picture from the day he was born, it wouldn’t upload. So, I’ll just add that later. For now, we can look at this cute one from when he was 19 months old.
The birthday crowd! We were quite a crowd!
The kids lined up in front of the field at the birthday party.
Baseball cookies courtesy of el-hakam momma’s kitchen.
Maddux and Bakri took 10 rides on these pretend roller coasters. It’s not nearly the same as the real deal. But, they liked them a lot.
Christian loves cake!Yes, Maddux has his hand in his mouth in this picture. And yes, there is clearly cake icing missing from his side of the cake. What can you expect when you put a cake so close to a 2 year old?…he only has so much restraint!
James on his 4th birthday. The whole family was feeling a little under the weather that day. Michael was really sick that week and my dad found out a few days later that he was suffering from pneumonia. Luckily, everyone is doing much better now.
My dear friend, Holly came to town with her son, Owen. And we met up at another friend of ours- Jordan’s home. My boys and Holly’s little boy are like a stairstep. Each one a little bit smaller than the next. And they had the best time together, just running up and down the driveway. Luckily noone got hurt. They only collided a couple of times! 🙂 Boys will be boys. I wish we could all hang out a lot more. But, when you don’t live in the same city or state, you take what you can get.
Jordan also has a baby boy. But, he is too little to run on the driveway just yet. Speaking of, last night I was asking Bakri about a boy from his school I mentioned the child’s name and he said no- not him, Baby (blank- I don’t want to put his name and offend the older one!) But, it was interesting that he knew just how to differentiate and let me know which child of the same name that he wanted to spend time with- and it was Baby. So, I guess we need another playdate at Jordan’s soon!
We celebrated our nephew’s 4th birthday last month. He and Bakri are just a couple of months a part in age. And they get along great. They love a lot of the same things- music, baseball, the astros and Chuck E. Cheese. This was a Chuck E. Cheese party with a guitar birthday cake. Fun!
Trinity was sporting a holiday party dress for the occasion. She likes to dress up!
Our two year old boy, Maddux. He is such a precious kid. He has a big personality and knows what he wants. And knows how to ask for it. He also knows how to throw out of control fits for what seems to be no logical reason. And then he knows how to melt your heart with a kiss or an “I love you so much, Mommy.” We love him so much! And are so happy that he is our boy!
M-A-D-D-U-X wooden letters and number 2s. Terrific 2 was the theme of the party!
This video is kind of long. It starts with us singing happy birthday to Maddux. Definitely watch that part. But, don’t worry about watching the whole thing, unless you want to! 🙂 Also, if you listen to the singing closely, you’ll be able to hear Aunt Melinda singing quite loudly. Notice, she is not singing to Maddux, but she is singing to MARSHA! Hope you like that one, Marsha! We never forget you! LOL!