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Happy 1st Birthday Baby Everett!



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You definitely loved the tissue the best.


celebrating your birthday in Cartersville, GA.

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smash cake photo session at home.

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cutest brother’s ever!


We had a family celebration at the Appalachian Grill in Cartersville.


The VERY hungry caterpillar cake.






what can I say, you LOVE cake!  You were eating the table with the leftovers.

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Happy Birthday sweet baby!  I can’t believe you are 1!!!!  This year has flown by so fast.  Tomorrow will mark exactly one day since you were placed in our arms.  You are such an incredibly gift.  I cannot imagine my life without you.  I’m so proud God made me your mama.  You are the best baby in the world.  You are so happy all the time, you love all people, you never meet a stranger, and your laugh is contagious!  Every day I thank God for how blessed I am.  I love watching you grow into a sweet little boy, though I wish you would slow down just a bit!

You started taking steps last month.  I think you are up to 5 steps not holding on to anything.  You stand on your own for longer periods of time, and try to bounce and dance while standing up.

You still won’t say mama for me.  You repeat things like, “okay, yeah, hey, bye-bye, etc.” Of course you say Dada all the time.  You are still a daddy’s boy.

We got to spend time with your Aunt Morghan and your grandmother for your birthday.  It was a really good day.

Here’s hoping the next year goes by a little slower!

Love you, Ever-ready!


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Happy 4th Birthday Elijah!


I can’t believe you are four sweet boy!  You turned 4 on 4.14.14  How cool is that?  Today was YOUR day!  You got to choose what you wanted to eat for breakfast and you chose cereal over pancakes, eggs, or even cinnamon rolls!  We watched Jake and the Neverland Pirates (your favorite), we colored, and then we went to chickfila for lunch.  You ate 6 chicken nuggets, a fruit cup, and chocolate milk.  You played on the playground for a long time!  Nanny and PawPaw sent you a huge package of books and puzzles for Easter, and you also got to open some presents from some very special people.  You have very special friends that are in India and wanted you to have traditional Indian pajamas and a cool rocket blaster!  They love you so much, and miss you dearly.  We can’t wait for the day that ya’ll are all reunited.  We showed you pictures of a map and taught you where India is.  We learned cool facts about India and saw pictures of children in India.  We also looked at pictures of you when you were just a little baby and all the pictures we have of your first three years of life.  You’ve talked about the homes you have grown up in, and we explained that THIS will always be your home.  You said, “Yes, this is my FOREVER home!”  We are so happy that you have permanency and are well adjusted.

You’ve been sung Happy Birthday multiple times today!  Every time someone calls and sings to you you just smile so big.  You asked for, “just PB&J for supper,” so I’ll see what I can do about that. 🙂  I will do an updated post after we have your party, but I just wanted to write about your actual birthday today.

Thank you for being such an amazing, sweet, little boy.  You are so smart and so kind.  You have wonderful manners and we are so proud of the little boy you have become.

Happy Fourth Birthday Elijah!

Love, Mama and Dada

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standing on top of India, in your PJs from India!

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helping Daddy put the rocket together

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*Update: we totally all ate PB&J’s together and we also got a cookie cake:

You are soooo cute blowing out your candles!  I love you!


**Update on Indian Clothing:  the clothes are not pajamas, as many suppose. The term for shirt in India is “kurta”. The term for pants in India is “pajama”. When the British first came here, they found Indian clothing much more comfortable than their “woollens”. The British empire found out about it and demanded they get back into proper uniform. So, the soldiers would wear their uniform while in public and change into “pajamas” as soon as they got home. This carried over to the western world as “pajamas” being clothing you sleep in or lounge around your house in.