This year has been incredible!
Grateful for that unexpected call on your birthday Aug. 12, 2010 that started our forever family journey.
|The first time I held you in my arms|
|First time in Daddy's arms|
You spent 10 days in the NICU and then....it was time to go home with Mommy and Daddy!
|this is the face you made when we asked u if u were ready to go home|
|Our "tiny miracle" weighed 4.10|
|riding out of the hospital in your big car seat|
|Bringing you into our home was an answer to many prayers.|
He added a beautiful arrow to our quiver:
"...Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warriors hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them..." Psalm 127:4-5
We kept the nursery ready for your arrival...we were "preparing for rain." Look what God did!
|The Lord filled our hearts and our nursery. This pic was taken in your crib.|
Our prayer has always been that you'd have a heart like Caleb.
"He has a different spirit; he follows me passionately. I'll bring him into the land he scouted and his children will inherit it." Numbers 14:24 (the Message)
We pray this verse for you often, that you'd be a mighty warrior, a Christ follower, from an early age with an endless passion for the Lord. That His love, grace, and mercy will draw you near to His heart, compel you, and drive you to share the gospel in a dark world. That you'd love Truth and that you'd desire to obey His Word. Praying that you make wise choices based on the Truth. That you would fear God alone and not seek to please people. That you will look beyond impossible and allow God to do great things in and through you as you yield to Him. Praying you'll be strong in Him and very, very bold for Him. Praying you'll always know of our love for you. How grateful we are to be your parents.
And look at your in your nursery now, at one year old, standing up!
So... a quick recap of your first year by picture....I wish I could add them all...but here are a few of our favs, Caleb:
|This is how you spent your one month birthday.|
|What a joy to watch you sleep...especially like Daddy...with one foot out of the covers.|
|At 3 months, this was your favorite pose.|
|1st CandyFest....your Nana made your costume...you were a handsome lil lion|
|Your 1st Thanksgiving!|
|Our first Christmas together. You loved the Christmas Tree.|
|Your favorite Christmas present was your wagon! You love to ride in the wagon!|
|In February, you wore your 1st sports coat|
|We committed before the church to raise you as unto the Lord...acknowledging you are His|
Parent/child dedication was such an emotional day...because we were able to celebrate with our Sherwood family God's faithfulness to bring you into our lives. Your Sherwood family loves you, Caleb. They have prayed for you before you were born; they continue to pray for you. We are blessed with a praying church family. (I loved that while you were being introduced to the family, your feet were going 90 miles an hour).
You have learned soooo much this year! From opening your eyes to cruising around the furniture...I have loved being with you every step of the way.
I thank God for your life and how He brought you into our lives. Celebrating God's gift of your life to us while we walk this earth. What a special boy you are. Jesus loves you dearly. He has a wonderful plan for your life. Seek Him, son.
Caleb Elliot Grubbs,
We love you!
Happy 1st birthday!