Astonishing her teachers already before she was even a year old, walking at 11 months! This girl's is going places and just like the day she was born no one is stopping her! Ember is full of life, full of fire! Everyone who knows her has already been touched by her smile and joy in some way. I am so blessed to be given this miracle to hold and love and train. Some days I feel so inadequate, so lost, so unfit for this job. It is in those times she welcomes me each morning with a HUGE smile and a strong gripping hug. Her happiness is contagious and her energy fills our home with giggles and ear reaching smiles. I am blessed to be given such an important job. Mom is the greatest name I will ever know!
Today we celebrated Ember and Norah's (Ember's cousin) birthday! It was so much fun and she enjoyed every bit of it, especially showing off her new walking skills!
She was given so many great gifts and even though she had other places to go and things to see, which is so typical for Ember, she stuck around to see what she got!
Cake time was fun, as at any 1st birthday party, but I truly enjoyed seeing the strategy she chose in consuming such a sugary substance!
She began with her hands in the full cake but as she realized there were fruit loops around it I saw her clever wheels turning and she chose to eat each one individually!
Cousin Norah also was interested in her fruit loops ...
And once again, something that so much love, time and manual labor went into to make a beautiful creation ....was destroyed in minutes...
And so worth it!! I could not have asked for a better first birthday party for my angel. She is tremendously loved and today I enjoyed watching that love all around her.
I knew the party was a success by her reaction on our way home!
To our growling, fiery animal, Ember Noel, thank you for the best year of your mommy's life. Being home with you and your sister this year has been a dream come true. Watching you learn so many things has been a treat! Holding you while you sleep (cause you can't sit still any other time!) and watching every feature of your sweet face makes me cry each time and thank God for making you and choosing me to give you a special life here on earth. Your eyes will always fill my heart with wonder and your smile will always fill my days with sunshine. You are a firework....Don't ever stop filling peoples life with your joy and light! I love you!