Saturday, April 28, 2012

Happy Birthday, Deano!!!

Dean is 3!! I can't believe it. I was bursting with anticipation thinking about it last night and then woke up this morning so excited as well. Then it dawned on me this morning - for Dean's first birthday, this was such a bittersweet day. I was still grieving for the challenges that Dean faces and will continue to face, even alongside being so happy to celebrate his birthday. I thought about his birth and how absolutely terrifying that was as our world came crashing down and we didn't even know if he would make it or what his life would be like. This year, it was only joy. We love this little boy and although it has been a year of great triumphs (like learning to walk and run), medical issues (apnea, pneumonia), and educational endeavors (getting on the same page with his school about various issues), it is so worth it. Dean is truly an angel and a tremendous blessing. I am reminded often of the verse about to those whom much is given, much is expected. Dean is a great gift to us and I feel we have a significant responsibility to love him and let his light shine to the world. So thankful. Dean woke up to balloons in his room and then we went to Cole's t-ball this morning. My parents met us there and then we went with them to the zoo. We had a relaxing afternoon and we'll celebrate for real in a few weeks (long story about the delay in celebrating!). It was a great day. :) Happy Birthday, little boy. We love you more than you will ever know!!!


Andrea said...

Awesome post, Ali! Dean is a gift to the world, but you need to know that you, Bob, Cole, and Emmett are gifts to him, as well. He's so blessed to be in a family that loves him so much and advocates for him so strongly. God knew what he was doing (as always) when he sent Dean to you!! Happy Birthday, Deano!!!!

by K. Alvarado said...

Happiest of Birthdays to your sweet boy, Ali. I love, love, LOVE the pictures! I hope it was a perfect day for all of you! God bless!