Friday, December 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Eliana!!!

I can't believe you are 4 years old!  It doesn't seem like you should be that old, but perhaps that is just because everything moves at a slower pace developmentally.  It seems like a long time ago though that I was at the hospital - in a room by myself - because my baby was in the NICU.  I thought of that tonight as I put my sweet girl to bed.  I loved that I was able to be with her, holding her and loving her.  Even though it was a tough start, Eliana has been a blessing from the beginning.

Today we awoke to snow - though a pretty light one.  (Or pitiful according to Christopher)  Eliana was treated to one of her favorite meals - pancakes.  And look at these pancakes her Daddy made for her!  (It was Rebecca's idea to spell out her name.)
As a treat, Rebecca painted Eliana's fingernails.

Next it was time to open a present.  Rebecca picked this out for her.
I know I'm biased, but isn't she beautiful?!!!
Next it was time to play with play dough.  Boy was she excited about doing this!  She made a cupcake with a candle and even "blew" it out. 
Eliana really enjoys opening gifts.  She tears off the paper bit by bit.  She was delighted with her gifts too!  I love that she finds joy in so many things. 

Rebecca made a beautiful cupcake birthday cake for Eliana.  (I love that my oldest daughter loves to bake!)  Didn't she do a great job!
Group photo
Time to sing - and Eliana joined in our singing to her.  (Too cute!)  She really did a great job blowing out her candles. 

Happy Birthday Eliana!!! 
We pray that this is the beginning of a wonderful year.  I thank God for you as you bring joy and laughter to our lives.

I love you


  1. I can't even process this idea of her turning four years old! Not possible!! ;o) What a precious blessing she is, Leslie. And how blessed all of your kids are to have you for a mother. xoxoxoxo


  2. Oh my!! So sweet...and so grown up!! So happy to see your girl had such a good day!! XOXO

  3. Happy Birthday Eliana! My favorite picture is the one where she's taking her deep breath to blow out the candles.

    I did the export all at once and then individually posted the entries into blogger. It wasn't difficult, just time consuming.

  4. She is so adorable! I can't believe she is 4 already! I wish we could get together sometime. I would love to "pick your brain" about somethings. Blessings on you and your beautiful family!

  5. She is incredibly beautiful, Leslie!

  6. hey,
    I love the cupcake cake! What a sweet dd.

  7. Leslie, you are not the only one who's biased. We think Eliana is beautiful! Her name is so appropriate. She brings joy to everyone.

    We enjoyed seeing Rebecca's birthday pictures too. Another beautiful daughter. She's a joy too!


  8. What a beautiful young girl! What a beautiful family! How blessed you all are! Loved all the pictures! Thank you for sending me your blog. It is priceless!

    Blessings to you!
    Jamie Howard


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