Leland – a year in snapshots

Happy Birthday, Leland! - I took this picture of Leland the morning of his first birthday!
Happy Birthday, Leland! – I took this picture of Leland the morning of his first birthday!

Tomorrow, we will celebrate Leland’s second birthday – and truly we respond, Praise God from whom all blessings flow! Leland is the child we prayed for – and the Lord heard us and answered our prayers. He is the child we have learned about how to do life with a child. He is the child over whom I prayed each night for the first year, Lord, preserve his life, a nervous new mom who knew the Lord is best to trust, even if I didn’t know anything else.

For second year of his life, this year shared in a few, captured snapshots, we have prayed that he would learn Jesus’ sweet, wonderful, full love through Tyler and me, so that Leland would love Jesus. Even as we teach Leland to pray, we teach him, Jesus, thank you for loving me. And we pray that as we learn how to discipline, cultivate, correct, play with, and guide our son, that we do it all in love, through the lens of love, led by, undergirded with, and followed through in love.

My heart is full as I look through these moments captured – and I am so so so so excited to enjoy the following year and years to come.

Happy birthday, buddy!

Birthday Breakfast at Jubala... look at that baby face.... love
Birthday Breakfast at Jubala… look at that baby face…. love
Soon after his birthday, we celebrate halloween in a really fun way with a party including our family and closest friends, complete, of course, with a cow costume!
Soon after his birthday, we celebrate halloween in a really fun way with a party including our family and closest friends, complete, of course, with a cow costume!
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Tyler took a quick picture of us in front of the Christmas tree before bedtime, and it quickly became a favorite photo
This is a family photograph taken the December after his birthday, for his one year old pictures. I was newly pregnant with Grafton and we surprised our family Christmas Eve with the good news!
This is a family photograph taken the December after his birthday, for his one year old pictures. I was newly pregnant with Grafton and we surprised our family Christmas Eve with the good news! (AAS)
Leland loves music - piano, guitar (daddy's favorite!), and drums (which is perhaps his favorite)
Leland loves music – piano, guitar (daddy’s favorite!), and drums (which is perhaps his favorite)
Summertime fun - We went to the 4th of July parade in the small town where my grandparents have a house on the river, so those two people behind Leland are two of his five living great-grandparents.
Summertime fun – We went to the 4th of July parade in the small town where my grandparents have a house on the river, so those two people behind Leland are two of his five living great-grandparents.
Our big boy got to drive the fire truck!
Our big boy got to drive the fire truck!
Sweet cuddle time with my boys - Just look at Leland's precious expression
Sweet cuddle time with my boys – Just look at Leland’s precious expression / Leland loves his brother and it’s sweet to see Leland grow up through having his little brother, baby G, as we fondly call him
Leland, almost two years old
Leland, almost two years old (AAS)

One thought on “Leland – a year in snapshots

  1. I have been so slack reading blogs, but I enjoyed catching up some tonight. Fun to stroll down memory lane with you! I’m glad you said yes to cake pops and I’m glad you got the last picture above because it is awesome! He is such a stud!! Happy 2nd birthday buddy!

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