Deacon is ONE!

Dearest Deacon,


You were born on a Thursday afternoon. The first thing I said when I saw you was “Wow, he is really big.” and at 9 pounds you were. Bringing  new baby home was both thrilling and scary at the same time. This was new territory for us. However, We have had more joy than we can ever describe seeing you and your brother build your relationship. We all have so much love for you. Hunter will never know of a time where you weren’t in his life. And If you aren’t in the room, he searches for you and asks where you are. He loves to play with his little brother and we know that you both have already taught each other so much. Having a sibling is the greatest gift. We look forward to seeing you both continue to grow and learn from one another as you experience life together as brothers and buddies.




You are a true joy. Your personality is happy, playful, adventurous, laid back and content. You are also smiley, cuddly and well, a hungry growing boy. Seeing you walk and talk give us pride yet we know we no longer have a baby. Hard to believe that we have known you for a whole year and yet the time has seemed to just fly by.

On your first birthday party in NJ you played with cousins, friends and had a ball. You took a nap for an hour and I woke you up for cake and presents. You enjoyed your cake and played some more.

We had your first birthday party at home and this time you walked and showed off how well you have progressed in the past week in taking steps. Everyone was so proud of you! It was adorable. However, all of those steps and your new schedule of just one nap caused you to fall asleep during dinner. We will save cake and ice cream for later! We all love you so much. Happy birthday!




Post Christmas blues

Their first Christmas together was just fantastic. Hunter asked Santa, and everyone who asked, for big big big trucks! And boy did he deliver. Deacon was getting over a terrible ear infection but was thoroughly amused with opening gifts and eating wrapping paper. We are so grateful to have spent time with many of our friends and family over the holidays. So after the Christmas parties, ugly sweater party, family get togethers in Indiana and New Jersey, flights, anniversary celebration and Deacon’s first birthday, here we are in the dead of winter. January. As I fly home from a conference in Vancouver and missing the boys like crazy, I can’t help but to think about what we are going to do all winter long! I am planning out activities in my 2016 planner. Help me with ideas. Xoxo