How fast does a year go?! I’m way late on this post but better late than never!
June 7th was a pretty big day for Little Miss Paige Marie! Not only did it mark her first year birthday but it was also the day of her Baptism! Family members and friends from all over came to celebrate with us and it was such a memorable and special day. It was a CELEBRATION in every sense of the word and it’s a day that we’ll always remember and hold onto.
If you’re a regular reader, in Another Post from Daddy and Year in Review, you got a sense of our own reflection, experience, and feelings of the last year from Andrew and my perspective. These posts are from before her birthday and aren’t exactly rosy and they honestly portray how we were feeling at that current time. Our reflections showed our grief, bittersweet thoughts, and heavy hearts. It also showed our appreciation and the abundant love we have for our family. It’s clear that although we both process Paige’s diagnosis differently, one BIG thing is certain – together, as a family, we will always focus on hope, love, and progress and we will always CELEBRATE our children and lives together.
Luckily, the only feeling we felt on this day was complete joy! The day started with her Baptism at noon. I arranged with my church to have a guest priest to preform the ceremony. Father Paul has been in contact with me since we found out about Paige’s diagnosis and has been a great support system for me. I was honored that he agreed to do the Baptism and made the whole event that much more special and personal. I am an avid crocheter and I made Paige’s dress and I couldn’t be happier with this first-generation heirloom!
After the Baptism, family and friends convened our favorite local restaurant for a barbecue. I didn’t mention this, but Paige wasn’t feeling so hot and was up all the previous night with a fever. Right after lunch and an outfit change, she got sick in her high chair right before cake. After a short barroom bath in the sink and a shot of Tylenol,she was good to go with the rest of her party. Will had the time of his life because all of his closest buddies and playmates were there and they happily played with their gift bags.
It’s always nice to get all of our family together and we’re so excited everyone took time to come and celebrate with us. Those who couldn’t make it also made her birthday special with cards, Facebook messages, calls, and texts. Andrew and I can’t thank everyone enough. We know that Paige means so much to so many people and from the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for keeping Paige and our family in your thoughts and prayers this past year. We look forward to giving you more updates and we toast to this year being a good one with, you guessed it, progress and celebration!
Pictures are very random! I’ll edit these later!