July 21st is a wonderful day in our family. Four years ago today our wonderful third child was born. As you know, the years go by quickly and admittedly the days are crazy busy, but I take great pride in the fact that Grace is thriving in our family. Grace is our spirited one and she is amazingly logical at the same time. I think being a third child must make a child act so much older than her age. We will celebrate with a party at Monkey Joe's on Saturday with cousins and friends. Here is a quick trip down memory lane...and a long loving post.
When you arrived four years ago we were anxious to bestow you with the name we had chosen, Grace Evon. Little did we know that your arrival would speak to the very definition of grace. You are truly a gift from God. Your middle name, Evon, was from your Grandma McDermitt and you share the same spirited personality she had even though she never got to see you join our family. The first picture is one from the NICU where you spent nine days. You were the biggest baby in there at ten pounds. Although you were hooked to wires and tubes and we had a difficult start after our emergency, we thought you were the most beautiful baby on earth. Your pure spirit and determination was evident from the beginning.
Taking you home that night was one of the happiest moments of my life. We had both been through so much and it felt good to finally arrive at home. Jordan and William had waited so very long to hold you and so on your 10th day of life your siblings finally got their hands on the baby they had anticipated so much.
Jordan and William spent many days looking at you in the moses basket. You were the center of our days.
I love this photo of you curled up peacefully. I think you were two months at this point.
And here you are during your first Christmas Eve with your cousin, Alana. You were born only five weeks apart so your Aunt Julie and I call you "cousin twins". It has been so much fun seeing the two of you be best friends together.
You went to Tybee Island on your first birthday. Here you are taking in the waves with Daddy. You were hilarious crawling around on the sand, finally becoming exhausted and napping under the cabana.
And on your second birthday you were at DisneyWorld. Amazingly you seem to remember so much about this trip, but just the other day you mentioned that you really needed to return to see everyone there again.
Here you are on your third birthday, laughing with Alana. We visited Build-A-Bear with everyone, but you and Alana were so much fun to watch. That cousin twin thing has really stuck.
And this year you are such a busy girl. You are upside down half of the time working out your core muscles.
You fell fast asleep after a big bike ride with Daddy.
And dressing up is a favorite pastime.
Happy 4th Birthday Grace! We love you!