My Baby is One

Today is my baby’s birthday.  My youngest and last baby is one this very day.

One year ago, this was me in the morning.

And this was me by late that evening.

The newest addition had to meet her best friends as soon as possible.   When we had #4, they were 3 years, 2 years, and one year old!

She was (and is!) so beautiful.  Due to her being a month early, she was our smallest baby.  Still can’t believe she could fit on that tiny chair!

Image by Kat Phillips

Image by Kat Phillips

She was our toughest newborn and has been our best-y-best-best baby.  God knew not to give her to me first – phew, it would have been a shocker to have these boys AFTER her!  Easygoing, content, happy as can be, and chubby in all the right places – that’s our bright blue-eyed baby girl.

She was quickly adored.

How is she one already?

I am frequently told I would be unrecognizable without her attached to me.  Got to keep those hands free for the other ones!

I have caught glimpses of why sisters are so special.  (I only have brothers!)

I have realized there is no such thing as the perfect picture with four children four years and under.

I have nearly mastered the art of estate sale-ing, grocery shopping, zoo-ing, museum-ing, and flea marketing with four children.

I have never felt more capable, more grateful, more aware of our huge responsibility, more fulfilled, and more humbled by all the areas in which I need to improve.

It’s been quite the party.

Image by Kat Phillips

I love design.  I love beautiful things.  I love transformations.

Most of all, I love my family.

See you back here next week for some to-die-for before and afters plus some Thanksgiving table ideas.  Have a happy weekend!

10 Responses to “My Baby is One”

  1. Robin O November 9, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    Hi Grace! This is Robin (Rankin) Ondrey. You and I met YEARS ago at Fielder Road. Your daddy was my Sunday School teacher one year. A couple of months ago a friend on FB ‘liked’ one of your blog posts and it showed up on my newsfeed. I’m a big design/DIY fan too and am always excited when I come across a blog on the subject. I was super surprised when I saw that I knew the owner!! :)

    I haven’t commented until now, but couldn’t NOT post on today’s. You have such a beautiful family!! Four angels – what a blessing! Congrats on surviving! ;) I have two kiddos, who are amazing, but I seriously don’t know how you raise four when they’re all so young!

    Another funny coincidence – after finding your blog and ‘liking’ it, my husband saw that on HIS newsfeed and just out of curiosity clicked on the blog. And he knows you too! You guys went to elementary/high school together. His name is Darren Ondrey. You may have known his older brothers too- Eric & Nate Anderson.

    Anyway, happy birthday to your precious little one! I hope you guys have a blessed day and enjoy your celebrations!! :)

    • Grace November 12, 2012 at 5:55 am #

      Robin! Of course, I remember you! And of course, I remember Darren and his family also! He was always a super nice guy, and my Dad always thought so highly of you. I am so happy you found my blog – thank you so much for reading! Congrats to you and Darren on your precious two. :) xoxo

  2. Sarah Wood November 9, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    What a beautiful family…congratulations!

    • Grace November 12, 2012 at 5:56 am #

      Thank you so much, Sarah!

  3. Cathy November 10, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Hope you had a great day with your
    “birthday girl”. She is precious. I love
    your blog. And I love to read “tales about 4
    under 4″. Enjoy every single day.
    They grow up too fast!
    My ” 3 under 3″ are now 31,32,33 and
    still best friends.
    Blessings to your bunch!

    • Grace November 12, 2012 at 5:57 am #

      Cathy, your comment made me smile, thank you so much! I’m happy to know that you survived, ha! :) Yes, they are quite the brood but they are the joys of our lives. It is definitely my hardest and best job! Thank you so much for reading. G

  4. Carrie November 28, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Congrats! What a beautiful family!!

    • Grace December 2, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      Thank you so much, Carrie!

  5. Arden November 28, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Wow, that brought me to tears, I can’t lie. Beautiful family, Grace! So happy to know you now : )

    • Grace December 2, 2012 at 6:52 pm #

      Oh, thank you, Arden! Me too. :) I definitely shed some tears writing that post!