Nate's First Birthday!

Nate's First Birthday was AMAZING! As I sit here, enjoying left-over birthday cake, I thought I would recap our day. Partially so you guys can know about it, but mainly for me, before I forget all the fun details!

We started off the day with my husband and I both walking into his room and singing "Happy Birthday" when he woke up... I was trying to upload the little video I took with my cellphone, but apparently, I'm having technical difficulties... :/

I went to set up for his birthday party while Andrew and Nate stayed home to play, eat lunch, and take an early nap. After his nap, he had a birthday bath! Every boy needs to get looking spiffy before his big party!
At 3:00 we attended the wedding of Melissa and Isaac Emch! Melissa and her family have been members at our church for years and we all grew up together. It was nice to meet her new husband Isaac too! We wish them all the happiness in the world! Oh, and Nate did really well. I few little words and laughter here and there, but with the help of Grandma, Daddy, myself, his blue puppy, and some Gerber Puffs, he was very quiet! Boy... that's stressful. Having a one year old and trying to keep him quiet during a wedding!

After we gave the bride and groom our best wishes we headed off to Nate's Big Birthday Party!!!

We had a little over 50 people in attendance and there were many more that couldn't be there. We have so many people in our lives that love our little boy and for that we are SOOOO thankful! We had pizza for dinner and Nate got to try his first slice! He LOVED that! He is doing so much better with table food, and seems to really be enjoying it!

We decided to do presents after pizza so that he would be clean for presents and could get all messy eating cake at the very end. He enjoyed opening his gifts and was a little confused when he would see it and we would take it away so we could go on to the next one. He seemed to be saying "But wait! I just got that! Why are you taking it away!?!?!?" Nate got LOTS of toys, books, puzzles, and clothes for his birthday! His two BIG gifts were a basketball goal from his Nana and Papaw and a Swing-Set from Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt Linda, Mommy, Daddy, and Sophie. We are so blessed!

Our friend Courtney Howard made Nate's cake and it was soooo amazing! I sent her the link of his "theme" and decorations and she asked me what his favorite animal was out of the ones on his decorations. I, of course, told her a monkey, and that's all she needed! It was kind of nice to be surprised as we walked in, because I had no idea what it was going to look like! She also took the liberty of filling the inside layers with "Rainbow Chip" icing... which is my absolute FAVORITE! Thanks so much Courtney! You're amazing!!!

I almost got a little teary-eyed when we sang "Happy Birthday" to my little man. I can't believe it has been a whole year since we brought him into this world! Andrew and I "helped" him blow out his candle on his "smash cake" and put it on his high-chair tray for him to dig in! In true "Nate Ray Fashion" he ate it! He wasn't trying to be messy or anything, he truly wanted to EAT IT. My dad (Nate's Papaw" finally smashed his hand in it to at least make a little bit of a mess! For at least 30 minutes, he pulled off chunk by chunk and ate them, just like he would any other food.

Oh, and he "shared" it with anyone who came close! One of his most favorite things to do is to put his food up to your lips when you say "Can I have some?" Then, when you act like you're going to eat it out of his hand, he just giggles and giggles!

Nate did so well through out the whole day, and with us being so busy, and him having a little nap, it could have easily gone the other way. We are so blessed with an easy going baby who takes life as it comes, whether we're laying around the house being lazy or running here, there, and everywhere!

(on the way home)

Nate, we can't believe you are already one year old! The past year with you as our son has been such an amazing journey! We are so honored that God has chosen us to be your Mommy and Daddy and every day with you is a blessing! We can't wait to spend many more birthdays with you!


12 months

Here are some things that are going on in Nate's life right now:

He wears 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers.

He has 8 teeth.

He is almost completely on table food and is making great strides with his gag-reflex.

We are slowly introducing whole milk. He isn't too Fons of the taste or it being cold, but we do half formula half milk and he has no problem.

Was forward facing in his carseat for 3 days after his 1st Birthday and went back to being rear facing after the AAP changed their standards.

He is very close to stand standing on his own.

Right now he would rather make good time crawling than try to walk... The boy is a quick crawler!

He LOVES to play the drums on anything and everything!

He waives and says "hey" to everyone who passes or looks his way in restaurants and stores... It makes me happy because it brings a smile to people's faces who weren't smiling before.

The boy has a serious throwing arm! He throws better with his right hand than his left.

He likes to watch shows like "Bubble Guppies", "Dora the Explorer", "Diego", "Spongebob", and "Baby Einstein" movies.

He smiles when he sees a camera or a cell phone.

He loves ice-cream, Gerber Puffs, Gerber Crunchies, and cereal.

He walks all along furniture.

He feeds Sophie from his highchair and thinks it's hilarious.

He turns most all toys to the wheels so he can spin them.

With the exception on a morning and bedtime bottle, he drinks out of a sippy cup.

He has a new-found love for climbing on things.

Can say: Mama, Dadda, Nana, ball, bye-bye, hey, no, car, go, and "Mo" which is really Elmo.

Can show you the light, your nose(working on his nose, right now he only points to yours), Sophie/dog, and ball.

Oh yeah, and he's amazing. Yep!

What is a One-Year Old?

What is a One-Year Old?

A one-year-old son
is so many things,
a tiny discoverer of butterfly wings,
a hugger of teddies,
a sweet sleepyhead,
and someone to dream for
in bright years ahead…

A special new person
who, right from the start,
has a place in the family
and, of course, in your heart.

And, just when you think
that you’ve learned all the things
that your dear son is
and the joy that he brings,
a hug or a grin
comes with such sweet surprise
that love finds you smiling
with tears in your eyes!

Happy First Birthday Nathaniel Ray!


11 Months

The DAY before Nate's First Birthday, I thought I would post his 11 month pictures! haha :)
I must say... I forgot. No other excuses to be had. :)

Needless to say, this 11 month old wasn't exactly thrilled with his photo-shoot.
We had a melt-down.

and I leave you with.... DRAMA. :)

Oh, but we still LOVE him so... :)


My Child,

You may not know me,
but I know everything about you.
Psalm 139:1

I know when you sit down and when you rise up.
Psalm 139:2

I am familiar with all your ways.
Psalm 139:3

Even the very hairs on your head are numbered.
Matthew 10:29-31

For you were made in my image.
Genesis 1:27

In me you live and move and have your being.
Acts 17:28

For you are my offspring.
Acts 17:28

I knew you even before you were conceived.
Jeremiah 1:4-5

I chose you when I planned creation.
Ephesians 1:11-12

You were not a mistake,
for all your days are written in my book.
Psalm 139:15-16

I determined the exact time of your birth
and where you would live.
Acts 17:26

You are fearfully and wonderfully made.
Psalm 139:14

I knit you together in your mother's womb.
Psalm 139:13

And brought you forth on the day you were born.
Psalm 71:6

I have been misrepresented
by those who don't know me.
John 8:41-44

I am not distant and angry,
but am the complete expression of love.
1 John 4:16

And it is my desire to lavish my love on you.
1 John 3:1

Simply because you are my child
and I am your Father.
1 John 3:1

I offer you more than your earthly father ever could.
Matthew 7:11

For I am the perfect father.
Matthew 5:48

Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand.
James 1:17

For I am your provider and I meet all your needs.
Matthew 6:31-33

My plan for your future has always been filled with hope.
Jeremiah 29:11

Because I love you with an everlasting love.
Jeremiah 31:3

My thoughts toward you are countless
as the sand on the seashore.
Psalms 139:17-18

And I rejoice over you with singing.
Zephaniah 3:17

I will never stop doing good to you.
Jeremiah 32:40

For you are my treasured possession.
Exodus 19:5

I desire to establish you
with all my heart and all my soul.
Jeremiah 32:41

And I want to show you great and marvelous things.
Jeremiah 33:3

If you seek me with all your heart,
you will find me.
Deuteronomy 4:29

Delight in me and I will give you
the desires of your heart.
Psalm 37:4

For it is I who gave you those desires.
Philippians 2:13

I am able to do more for you
than you could possibly imagine.
Ephesians 3:20

For I am your greatest encourager.
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

I am also the Father who comforts you
in all your troubles.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4

When you are brokenhearted,
I am close to you.
Psalm 34:18

As a shepherd carries a lamb,
I have carried you close to my heart.
Isaiah 40:11

One day I will wipe away
every tear from your eyes.
Revelation 21:3-4

And I'll take away all the pain
you have suffered on this earth.
Revelation 21:3-4

I am your Father, and I love you
even as I love my son, Jesus.
John 17:23

For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed.
John 17:26

He is the exact representation of my being.
Hebrews 1:3

He came to demonstrate that I am for you,
not against you.
Romans 8:31

And to tell you that I am not counting your sins.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19

His death was the ultimate expression
of my love for you.
1 John 4:10

I gave up everything I loved
that I might gain your love.
Romans 8:31-32

If you receive the gift of my son Jesus,
you receive me.
1 John 2:23

And nothing will ever separate you
from my love again.
Romans 8:38-39

Come home and I'll throw the biggest party
heaven has ever seen.
Luke 15:7

I have always been Father,
and will always be Father.
Ephesians 3:14-15

My question is…
Will you be my child?
John 1:12-13

I am waiting for you.
Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad
Almighty God