Saturday, February 20, 2010

Happy 3rd birthday, Elijah!

Today is our beautiful, steadfast little boy's third birthday. The past three years have been such an incredible journey for us, thanks to our amazing firstborn son.

I will always remember the day he was born as clear as can be. It was scary, exciting and reassuring. My very first thought upon seeing him was that he could not possibly be more perfect. My second thought was, "Everything is going to be ok."



On his first birthday we were on the front end of a very scary two-month journey, which thankfully ended with a successful heart surgery. I will forever think of this time as one of the scariest of my life, but God had amazing things in store.



His second birthday was a good season for our family. It marked the beginning of an unbelievable growth spurt in every area of Elijah's development. I will always remember the time between his second and third birthdays as being the year of great progress.



And here we are! Now Elijah is three years old and we continue to love him beyond words. He is the first child of ours to steal our hearts and he has changed us in ways that we never thought possible.



We love you, Elijah! HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY birthday!!


Now, EVERYONE READING, we would love it if you would leave Elijah a happy birthday wish in the comments section! I plan to print all of the comments out for his baby book, so the more, the better!

(And yes, we are up this early!)

32 comments:

Heather Gallagher said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah! I hope your day is as special as you are. Make sure to dig into that cake with both hands...you can't exactly do that as an adult! :)

Tina:0) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. ELIJAH!!!

Isn't it amazing how you've grown in the past 3 years?! What a handsome little man you are! We pray your birthday is a wonderful day & that you remain healthy :0)

Here's to many more birthday's to come!

Bud & Joanne said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah!!! We check in on you every day but hope this will be a very special day for you. You are indeed a handsome boy. With much love. Great Granpa Bud and Great Grandma Jo.

Amber said...

Happy Birthday Sweetest Boy!
I am so very honored to be able to watch you grow and share in the joy of seeing you reach each new milestone. You are such an amazing miracle...I know that God has something very special for you to do in this life!
Much love to you today....amber

Katie S said...

Happy Birthday Elijah! I am amazed about all the things you have taught us in three years. Can't wait to learn more! Hug your momma for me.

Chad said...

Happy 3rd birthday, Elijah! I have only met you once, but thanks to your mom and dad, I feel like I know you through your blog. You are one amazing little boy and I believe you were born to do great things! I wish you the best on your first week of preschool - although it may seem scary at first, I know you will soon look forward to it and make lots of friends. Have a fun day and enjoy being 3:)

Love,
Deb Nichols

fdperfectiii said...

Happy Birthday cousin Elijah!!! You are such a miracle! We love you!

Duke, Jayne, Cate, & Chloe Perfect

Cecilia said...

Happy Birthday to the sweetest and cutest Elijah!

Blow out the candles and make a wish for a very special third Birthday. Enjoy every minute with your parents and family!!!

Love and hugs to you guys xoxo

mina said...

Happy Birthday Elijah! Such a big boy!

Now let your mommy get some sleep ;)

aPortaMan said...

Happy Birthday my Boy! You continue to be a blessing and we are so thankful to have you.

Dad

ps. you're getting pretty good at wrestling these days :)

Kendis & Chris said...

Elijah, you are an inspiration to us all. Keep smiling, keep learning and keep having fun! Have a wonderful 3rd Birthday! luv, Kendis & Chris

Anonymous said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Elijah! hope you have a wonderful day celebrating with your Mom and Dad. I'm glad i've been able to see you as you grow and change and learn throughout the years and am excited for you to be 3 and starting school soon!
BIG hug to you!
Debra

Judy - Scottsdale,AZ said...

Happy Birthday ELIJAH!!!!! Love looking at your sweet little face everyday. You are one special boy. Hope you have a great birthday!!!

Amy, Mitch and Wilson said...

Happy Birthday, Elijah! Being 3 is great. Welcome to the club! Preschool is great too, I know you will like it! Did you get any trucks or trains for your birthday? Be sure to eat lots of cake and ice cream for me!

Love,
Wilson
(and Amy and Mitch)

Lee Family said...

HAPPY 3rd BIRTHDAY ELIJAH. You have come so far these past 3 years and have been through so much. You are such a sweet little boy. You are going to break many Hearts when you get older. Good luck on starting school Monday you will do great things.

We love you Lee Family

Anonymous said...

Grammie and Gramps say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ELIJAH! We loved you at ONE, we loved you at TWO and we LOVE you at THREE!! Wish we could be there to give you hugs and kisses on your neck.

MarenJustinKade said...

Happy happy birthday to YOU Elijah! You are an amazing little guy and so tough!!! I can't believe how big you are getting, I'm so thankful to know such a sweetheart!!! You are one cool dude!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Elijah! I can't wait to meet you someday. You are such a little miracle and an inspiration. Eat lots of cake today :)

Ashley Bielke

The Smith's said...

Happy Birthday Elijah! Your story and your life are such blessings to so many people. I feel lucky to be such a small part of your story! My little man, Luke, just turned three in January and he would like me to pass on that being "free" is the best!

Have a great day!

Jesse, Roger & Luke (your heart buddy)

Ehlan said...

Happy Birthday Elijah!

We are so blessed to know you and hope to see you again soon! May this year bring you lots of toys!

Love, Olivia & Aidan (& Ehlan!)

Lauren said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Elijah!

Hope you have a wonderful day... enjoy that birthday cake!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday E! You Are AMAZING!
Sue from your Mom's work! :)

Michael, Patty and Sophia Reynolds said...

Happy Birthday to Elijah from Michael, Patty and especially Sophia.

Kathy said...

Elijah...
Happy Birthday super star! I wake up each and every morning and think about you and what new and exciting adventure you're about to embark on.
YOU amaze me each and everyday...
and...although we have yet to meet you in person...
I can honestly say that I love you and think of all of you as part of our family.
I hope that you ate some cake today, rubbed Zooter, and walked around all day long...
we love you,
Kathy and boys

Ellen, Eric and Leo said...

Dear Elijah,
This is your mom and dad's friends Ellen, Eric and Leo. We wanted to wish you a happy Birthday and look forward to seeing more of you this summer.
All smiles for you,
Ellen, Eric & Leo

TimnKatienElinSam said...

Happy Birthday big guy!!! I cannot believe you are 3! I cannot wait to see you and my boys play together soon. I will always remember your pregnancy and birth as it was the same time as my twins. We have loved watching you grow and cannot wait to see all the amazing things that you do. Always remember how many people care about you and pray for you. You are one special little man!!

Love,
the Yoders

jennifer said...

Happy 3rd Birthday, Elijah! Through your Mommy's stories, we continue to be inspired by you and your strong will and determination in life. We love your smile and your humor. Have a wonderful year! We love you!

The Tran Family

Andrea said...

Happy 3rd Birthday Elijah! You are one of the happiest little guys I know! You bring so much joy to your family and it is a pleasure to watch you grow and develop. May you experience many more of God's blessings this year!
~Andrea

Kerry Tylenda-Emmons said...

Happy birthday kiddo!!! Hope you had an amazing day and got spoiled rotten...just because that's what birthdays are for.

jencooper said...

Happy birthday, handsome! I am so happy that we found you. Thank you for letting us walk this walk with you!!

ThePicks said...

Wow, time flies. We remember when you were a little tiny newbie! Hooray for third birthdays!! How wonderful!! We're soo proud of the little man you've become. It is soo great to see you cruising around your house and even using utensils to eat your birthday cake =) We're glad you had a fun birthday!!

Lots of Love =)

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Elijah! I'm so happy to have come across your blog and through it became friends with your Mommy. You heart kids are so amazing. God has amazing plans for you and I'm happy to hear of them on your blog. You have done so many new exciting things just lately. Way to go! Now your 3 and starting preschool! Happy 3rd Birthday from Sarah and your fellow heart buddy Evan.