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