Okay. Two years ago right now (8:34 p.m.) I was peacefully sleeping through an obnoxiously slow labor in my room at the hospital. My epidural had taken effect and I dozed right off, free from pain for the first time in 20 hours. At 9:45 I was rudely awakened by a burning sensation deep within my pelvis. I called the nurse and asked to be checked. At 10:25 p.m. Pepper made his grand entrance into the world and was placed directly into my waiting arms. I made the oath right then to savor every precious moment of his babyhood. Time is indeed fleeting. It seems like I have barely blinked and now he is two, or as he says, "I turn 2." I am so thankful for the amazing little boy God gave Matt and me 2 years ago. He is such a delight, so full of fun, and an overflowing fountain of contagious laughter. His expressive little face communicates his emotions as clearly as print. Each day I look at him and marvel at the workmanship of God. Pepper is a beautiful miracle. Oh, how I love my little man. Here are a few pictures from today.
The birthday portrait, taken on our front porch. Pepper is 2!
Balloons and birthday signs, traditions of both Matt's and my families.
A new sandbox, birthday gift from Mommy and Daddy.
This sweet face is so precious to me. I love the unposed pictues like this most of all.
A baseball centerpiece for a baseball themed party.
Sunglasses purchsed by Snapper for Pepper. A true gift of love.
Blowing out the candles on the baseball cap cake made by Mommy.
No doubt about it, the boy loved his cake!
Jackson love the S family: Brian, Carol, V, S, and A.
Grandma Lia and Auntie Deb-Deb were here to share the fun, too!
W is Pepper's boy buddy. His mommy and daddy (Lauren and Jonathan) are pretty cool, too.
We had a wonderful day of celebrating Pepper--a special expression of God's goodness and creativity. Happy Birthday, Little Buddy!