Friday, October 19, 2007

Happy Birthday Precious Ones!

We knew it would come. We knew it had to happen. We just didn't know that it would come this quickly.

When you struggle with fertility issues, time stands still. A year of trying seems like an eternity. Multiply that by 4 years and you've got our lifetime of pain and heartache. Then that silver lining comes. You hear those famous words from your Dr. to confirm your deepest desires, and if you are blessed beyond belief like we were, you hear the sweetest phrase of all..."It looks like twins"!

This year has been a whirlwind. Once those famous words are spoken, your life moves full speed ahead. Little did we know that once are precious ones arrived, our life would forever move at mock speed...and we wouldn't change it for the world!

For those of you who have not meet our sweet ones, they are our everything. They can make your day with their two tooth grins and melt you heart with their cuddles and wet kisses. And today, they are 1.

What happened to our year? Trying to savor every moment and yet it has still gone by too quickly. Hanging on to every sound, every milestone, every sip of every late night bottle and yet, time does not stop. It keeps on going, seeming to rob us of every precious moment that we long to drown in.

But we know it is for something better. To watch these wonderful children grow into toddlers. To begin to say "I love you momma & dada". To begin to walk. To go to school and grow into the young adults God has already designed them to be. This is what we have to long for and look forward to. And again...we can't wait!

Happy 1st birthday Keaton and Happy 1st birthday Elliot. You are our favorite two people in all of the world. We are so crazy about you that we can't stand it sometimes. (Even when you won't settle down and end up sneaking into our bed for some late night lovin!) You have grown so much in 1 year and we can not wait to see how your life stories begin to unfold as you grow into God special creations. You are and forever will be miracles and gifts to us from God. He is so good. Always, ALWAYS remember that! God is so good.

We LOVE you! Momma & Daddy

*Enjoy this look back at the 1st year:


Leslie said...

Seriously have tear filled eyes. The slide show is so sweet! Hope the next year is even better than the 1st.

Melissa said...

So sweet! I love love love the slideshow. Happy Birthday Halford twins! Watching the slideshow made me even more excited about having twins! Congratulations! Melissa, you and Ryan have obviously done a great job with these two happy, beautiful babies.

Sarah said...

Melissa, that is so precious. I'm so happy for you and your sweet family. The lyrics from Trading My Sorrows from Psalm 30:5 about how though the sorrow may last for the night, but joy comes in the morning came to mind as I read your post. I'm thankful your morning has arrived!

Barbara Manatee said...

So beautifully said...feeling the same things as my two approach a year in a little over a month!

Jody and Janell said...

This is incredible! One year... already?? I know, it goes WAY TOO FAST!! Especially when you wait for what seems like an ETERNITY to have these beautiful blessings! God is soooo faithful! We are all so blessed. Everyday brings new blessings!
This video was GREAT!!

Happy Birthday to Keaton and Elliot!

Kathy said...

I cannot believe a year has already passed! We have been blessed to share it with you all! I cannot wait to see what the next year will bring...hopefully most of the sickness will be behind us and we can spend more time visiting and watching our children form friendships like the one we have formed.

We love you all and look forward the the future!

Kathy, Todd, Emma Grace and Jake

Never A Dull Moment!! said...

Mel, I can't tell you how happy I am for you guys to have been blessed with this year. My bout with infertility "only" lasted 2 1/2 years before God gave us Claire, but there truly is no hurt deeper than wanting a baby and not having one. I can still (8 years later) barely read the account of Hannah. I am so amazed by her willingness to give her son literally over to God because I have desperately held on to every single minute of each of my babies! I know that during those 2 1/2 years that God was preparing me to be the mother that Claire needed me to be, and even though I can see that now that pain is still so fresh. God is so good, and his plan is so much greater than anything we could ever imagine. That lesson will stick with you forever and make you a better parent for those miracles. Cherish every minute you are given. However I will warn you to be very careful because sometimes your body doesn't forget how to get pregnant and you are very caught off guard. Love Ya!