|All the lovely birthday cards – E knows who sent each one!|
|Banana caramel cupcakes (a re-jig of the 1st birthday recipe!)|
We can’t quite believe it ourselves, but our little princeling is two today! Two years ago H wouldn’t have believed she could make it through another ‘Feed. Play. Sleep.’ cycle, let alone until the weekend, let alone getting to the big second birthday.
|Playing with his bulldozer in the garden – just where Daddy had planted our veg patch…|
|Don’t try to get between a little boy and his lamb…|
But here we are (and here he is!) and we are so proud and thankful for the blessing that E is in our lives. We are thankful that we’ve been privileged to hear his first words, Mum, Dad, Tractor; see him cut his first teeth; walk; run; jump; giggle; laugh; demonstrate independence (I can climb the fence and touch the electric wire – 3 times in one day) as well as a need to be protected (I will lie on my back 4 feet from the electric fence and sob bitterly until someone comes to reassure me that I’m ok – 3 times in one day); share family mealtimes; say grace together; read Bible stories on the couch; read any stories anywhere; talk about what God has made; sing songs in the car and watch him do the actions in the rearview mirror; have cuddles; teach him to walk instead of being carried everywhere; have him try to ‘fix Daddy’s bike’ or paint a wall or clean the toilet (and actually try to do it properly!); and all the myriad other things that have been a blessing; joy; headache and source of consternation. In short, we love having E as our son and couldn’t imagine ourselves without him.
|In Sydney & Nannie’s garden, looking at the cherry trees|
|Making new acquaintances with the stone animals|
Thank you Heavenly Father for the gift of life and blessing of children.
|Our blue-eyed boy|
Thank you E for teaching us so much about joy, patience and perseverance.
|Enjoying his birthday pudding of strawberries, caramel and greek yoghurt|
|Having been given a dinner-set, E proceeds to drink as much coffee as he can hold.|
|Putting his new workbench together with Daddy|
|Getting busy fixing things|
Thank you family and friends for leading by example; giving us life lessons and letting us get on with it – we love you too!
|Road-testing his new scuttlebug from Nan-Nan.|