Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Happy Birthday To You

The time now is 1:33pm on August 8, 2007. At 12:57pm August 8, 2006 Isabelle Agnes Michael made her appearance. One year ago, this very minute, I was still in the delivery room, and just got to hold my darling baby for the first time. She was sooo small, at only 4 ½ pounds, that they quickly put her in a warmer and brought in a panel of neonatal “experts” to check her out. This delayed my holding her for a bit.

For the last couple of days Conrad and I have been reminiscing about what we were doing this time last year. Packing our bags, wrapping up things at home, our last meal the night before with just us. And how wonderfully our lives have changed since Isabelle was born!

There truly is no way to prepare enough for the birth of a child, and I still laugh when I think about people giving me advice before hand: “Your lives are going to change.” Really? Well THAT I didn’t expect (or I should so, No duh!!) I guess we decided to have kids because we wanted change. I, personally, like change.
And change it did. It has been a lot of work. I used to have hobbies. Now I have a child  I used to have free time. Now I’m a mom. I used to have friends (who I got to see every once in a while) Now I have a baby. Small sacrifices in the face of such great investment and reward. We love you Baby Girl! You are truly God’s greatest gift to us!

(This picture is Isabelle this morning enjoying her birthday blueberry muffin!)


Tara said...

Happy 1st Birthday Isabelle! It has been a joy to watch you grow!

Wendy said...

Happy Birthday Isabelle!!

Jona said...

Happy Birthday little one!! We can't wait until your birthday party this weekend!! We love you!!!
Love, Aunt Jona and Uncle Eric

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, little Isabelle! So it looks like the smeared cake photos will follow this weekend... can't wait!
We've landed back in Dallas. I'm a little overwhealmed with jumping into a busy schedule here, with the nesting hormones working in full force. (43 days to due date!) Hope to chat soon! RM
p.s., on volunteers, I think TM did a great job of making sure we owned the min... creating the family atmosphere and remembering that it was OUR changing the world (not some outside leader or institution). That's key.

Beth said...

She is so cute! She should be selling Pampers or something. : )

I can't hardly believe a whole year has gone by. Nicholas turns 1 on Wednesday—wow!

Anonymous said...

Happy, Happy Birthday - Baby doll. Your Oma and Opa's life has changed as well. You have given us such great joy this past year.
You are such a delight to us. Your Opa and I have such strong convictions on inheritance and we bless you with Godly inheritance and know you are going to make a difference in the world.

I can't wait to see you this weekend. Love you, Oma