Monday, June 01, 2009

What an amazing day!

Yesterday we celebrated Micah's first birthday, it was great. I got to see a very special friend I haven't seen in years Rachel and her son Dustin, a friend who lives down the street and should see more often The Files and Blaines and a new family who we already love the Strongs. We also had a few very special girls from Cottage Hospital come see Micah and brought us a very special card from all the PICU staff. Thank you Danielle, Rebecka and Grace. Micah was loving all the pretty girls!

We all got there and realized how we had lucked out the park was beautiful. We got all set up and everyone started showing up. I love Birthdays for the kids because its a fun excuse to have fun. All the kids got to play, play, play on the playground area and I got to visit with a bunch of my family who had never met Micah. Right before we were getting ready to do cake Bill, Victoria and Gwendolyn got there. I was just thrilled to meet them. We have been talking over the Internet for six months since we came home from the hospital and we feel like we already know them. The highlight of the day for me was getting to see Micah and Gwendolyn talking, flirting and just enjoying each other! It was so cool. Gwendolyn is such a beautiful little girl and has such a beautiful smile. At 20 months she knows how to get your attention and knows how to make you smile. She is awesome.
So we sang and Micah smiled at everyone singing and then we ate cake. I love cake. We also recognized that Gwendolyn will be 20 months soon and had the bakery put a "Happy 20 Month Birthday Gwendolyn" sign on the second cake we got.
After cake we got to just visit with everyone and started to say bye to all the guests. Once everyone left we gathered up all the balloons and decided to release them in remembrance of all the sweet children that have lost the fight with SMA and in celebration of all the ones still fighting. We love all these children because we know the daily struggle and how special they are.

Here are the names of a few of the sweet children here and in heaven who's stories have touched our lives in so many ways: Gwendolyn, Sophia, Haylee, Casey & Colin, Jonas, Dakin, Brynlee, Karson, Tabitha, Riley, Beau, Owen, Mollie, Georgia, Samantha, Lucia Ana and Taleah. And also MJ Who is an inspiration at 21 years old, You are amazing.

Oh and this is what tired looks like !!! The boys were beat after the party.


Anonymous said...

Looks like it was great fun. Great idea on letting the ballons go for the others. I also think it was very nice of you to put the 20 months on the other cake. Just keep taking it all one day at a time. You are doing a great job. Micah looks like he truly enjoyed himself. Happy Birthday to Micah.
Bobby and Lisa

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for allowing us to be part of Micah's 1'st birthday.
God showed His grace and gave Micah a beautiful day in which to celebrate.
Bless you all for thinking of those
who have lost the fight and those who are still fighting.
"Random Acts of Love".
We Love You All.
CoCo,MeeMee,& Heather

hestermom said...

We're so sad we couldn't make it... but we love you all, and Happy Birthday Micah-Man!!

Harrell said...

it was such a beatiful day to celebrate this amazing boys life:)thanks for letting us be a part of it!

Rebecca said...

I wish we lived closer so we didn't have to miss it! Everyone's been telling me what a good job you guys did with the whole shindig. Happy Birthday Micah!! :)

oneillboys said...

Thank you so much for thinking of Casey and Colin as you released Micah's balloons! I'm so proud of them and pleased that they are able to be inspirations for the 'new' SMA kids. Happy Birthday again!
PS. Jealous that you got to meet the Strong's, so awesome!

Victoria Strong said...

There you go again being so amazing with your balloon release!!! I am going to have to carry a box of Kleenex with me when we get together again :) Thank you for such a wonderful honor for our little many wonderful honors for her.

We had such a wonderful time and being with you to celebrate Micah's special 1st birthday created a very special memory for us, too. You are such a wonderful family.

The sleeping pictures of the boys are hilarious!

Tara & Mark said...

Happy Birthday Micah!! 1st Birthdays are awesome....2nd Birthdays are awesome.... Every single Birthday we get with our little ones are the greatest! Man Micah is getting so big to. Is he like 100% for height? He looks taller than my little midget! Give him Birthday hugs from Brynlee and I.

Darren and Jody said...

Happy Birthday Micah! We hope you had a wonderful day. Keep on fighting.

Love The Riggs

The Page Family said...

That looked amazing! Happy Birthday little guy!

Rachel Tenpenny Crawford said...

I miss you Chels. I think of you often and pray for you more. I will be in Ojai in just a few weeks for my girls' memorial. It was so wonderful to meet Micah. I will be in touch. I am here if you need me...always. -Rachel

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