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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thankful Thursday: My Son

Today is my son Eli's FIRST BIRTHDAY! And what a great year it has been! I am so incredibly blessed. He fills our lives (and everyone we ever run into) with SO MUCH JOY!
I am thankful for his smiles. He is such a happy little guy and always laughing and smiling and doing cute things that make him Eli.

I am thankful for his good health. He's only had one cold, and he's otherwise had no health problems at all. No fevers, no allergies, and he's always loved any food we've put in front of him.

I am thankful that he's always so very flexible when he needs to be. When we are in planes and airports all day and he can't nap, when we wake him up to move him at night, when his schedule gets thrown off for this reason or that.

I am thankful that he's a good sleeper. It took 6 long months to get to this point, but now he's very good at putting himself to sleep at naps and bedtime and staying asleep all through the night. And all you mommas you know how much that frees your life just to be able to get a good night's sleep.

I am thankful for his growth and development. He's always been right on track with where he should be, and that is really something to not take for granted. We are blessed.

I am thankful that I get to stay home with him and for my hubby that works to allow that for me. Being able to teach Eli about the things that mean most to us, i.e. God, is so very important, and I really cherish our little routines of reading a Proverb at breakfast, going for morning walks, running errands together, and everything else.

I am thankful for the wonderful family that we've become. I just can't imagine our lives without our sweet Eli!

And now for a little photo summary of his year...

Birth Announcement
3 weeks, holding head up
2 months
3 months, bathtime4 months, Bumbo
4 months
First Christmas
7 months, all smiles
wearing one of Daddy's old baby outfits
8 months
9 months
Mother's Day
10 months
Father's Day
11 months
Have a blessed week, everyone! For more thankful posts, head on over to Laurel Wreath who is guest hosting this week's Thankful Thursday.


Bren said...

What a sweet baby and blessed too. My grandson is 2 now and I miss that age under a year when they are not as mobile! The age where they start talking is fun though. Now he comes in and says GRAMMA! and runs to me. Happy Birthday Eli!!!

Laurel Wreath said...

Oh my sweet Lord, I just had my baby fix for the night....HE IS SOOO ADORABLE. The bath picture made me laugh out loud, the look on his face is classic. First birthdays are something special.

I am praising God with you.

devildogwife said...

Ahhhh, so precious. Happy birthday little one!!

Terri @ In His Hands said...

He is so ADORABLE!!! Happy Birthday Big Guy!

Susanne said...

Happy Birthday Eli!! (...and blessings to you Sarah! Thanks for sharing your thankful heart!)

Denise said...

Happy Birthday to your precious son.

Hopeful Spirit said...

Happy Birthday, Eli!

That is one happy-looking kid! :-)

maiylah's snippets said...

precious!! reminded me so much of my son when he turned one, too!
Happy Birthday, Eli!!

Pearls of Wisdom said...

How precious. Happy Birthday Eli! Thanks so much for sharing your list has really blessed me.

In his endless love,

Angel ():)

Kim said...

Wow. Children are a blessing from God aren't they? I adore the bathtime picture. It made me smile with joy. Thanks for making my day.

Mary said...

What a blessing of little Eli. Thanks for sharing the pics. They are awesome! Children are truly a gift from the Lord. Blessings on your day.

Changed by His Love said...

Happy Birthday Eli! The pictures are priceless. He is such a cutie pie. Enjoy celebrating and all that comes in the next year. Have a blessed day!

AmyD said...

Yeah! Happy birthday Eli! What a great list of things to be thankful for! I LOVE the photos you posted too. You've got a gift in photography!

Dana said...

He is too cute! I loved every one of those pictures. Happy Birthday ELI!!

Annabelle said...

Happy Birthday!! He's such a cutie!

Crystal said...

What a cute little guy you have! The pictures are adorable!

Angie said...

Oh, I love baby pictures...your brought tears! He is absolutely adorable!!!! Happy Birthday little Eli! You are blessed! I loved your thankful list!!! (A good sleeper is helpful for mommys)

Debbie said...

What a sweet little boy! Thanks for a wonderful post.

Blessings to you.

Anonymous said...

What a sweet Thankful Thursday list! Eli sure is special :)We love him! LT

Tarrah said...

What a great thankful list! It really is great when your kids are flexable and go along with what you are doing. I think it has a lot to do with the parenting :)

Have a beautiful weekend!

Sharon said...

Happy 1st b-day! (belated!)Wow. Doesn't that first year fly by?
Your son is just precious. Those are great pics, too. Did you take them all?

In Light of the Truth... said...

Yeah, I took all those pics. A cute boy makes for cute pictures. =)