gracie was adorable. she looked exactly like one of her pink and white cupcakes with strawberries on top. and how i wanted to eat her up.
her new doll house was enjoyed by many little fingers.
on her birthday, i re-visited the amazing and overwhelming feelings i had one year before when gracie was born. the next morning when gracie woke me up at 5:45, rather than feeling somewhat grumpy as usual, i remembered holding & feeding her in the hospital the morning after she was born....feeling so tired, and so happy. and i felt so tired and so happy again. and i was grateful, realizing that although a full year has passed, she is still small enough to hold and feed, and cuddle, and cherish, and i will continue to do every one of those things as much and as long as possible. i love being a mommy, and i love my babies.
another reason this memorial day was a happy one is that many families in our small town were blessed by the return of their loved ones after a year of deployment in iraq. i unexpectedly saw my sister-in-law & her sisters with cute baby anabelle on the news that evening, welcoming their dad & grandpa home.
i snapped a quick photo of this scene of flags flying at the war memorial in town as i was running to the quilt show on memorial afternoon.