Thursday, July 16, 2009

happy one year

My baby boy is one today. An entire year old. To say time has flown is an understatement. To say it seems like an eternity since the boys were born is also true. To say we miss Bentley more with each day that goes by is not an exaggeration.

Today is bittersweet for us given that we should be celebrating two birthdays. We cannot forget that we are without our second son. But we also cannot forget that exactly twelve months ago we were unsure how long either of our boys would live. We are beyond blessed and eternally grateful our firstborn is with us. Not only that, he is happy and thriving. We just wish his brother was here to share it with him.

So, what to say to the birthday boy? There is so much to say. What a year you've had.

You and your baby brother were oh so tiny the day you came into the world.



You were this tiny.

But what a fighter.

And the first time I held you, I will never forget. What a sweet day for a mom.

You've had more blood draws, needle sticks and IVs than most people do in a lifetime.

And so many tests performed I can't even remember them all.

But day by day you improved.

Until you were well enough for us to take you home.

And then back you went for your surgery.

Oh sweet boy, what a joy you are.

The Piano Man - happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday dear one! Mom and dad love you so very much.
Please join us in wishing our little man a very happy birthday, with many more to come!

Today I am: ONE YEAR OLD!
Adjusted I am: 8 months, 1 week and 1 day old.


Jill (& Bob) said...

Happy Birthday Rhys! We can't wait to watch and see what you accomplish in the next year!

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Chris & AnnMarie said...

Happy Birthday Rhys! You are such a big boy now!

Mountain Girl said...

Happy Birthday Rhys! And Happy Birthday to Bentley in heaven.

Lesa Veitch said...

Congratulations, Candice & Cody! One year ago today you became parents to 2 precious little boys. Now you get to share cake with Rhys and help him celebrate & enjoy life. Baby Bentley is celebrating his precious life, ever so brief, with the biggest party up with the highest almighty. Happy 1st Birthday, Rhys! Enjoy your cake. (Can't wait for THOSE PICTURES!!) C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E

Pachar Family said...

Happy Birthday Baby Boy!!! Glad I could help you celebrate. You are loved so very much!!!

Chris and Machel said...

Happy Birthday little man! Bella sent you a message, check out our blog...

amyoutlaw said...

Love the montage. Makes me very emotional. Happy bday RHYS!

Mary Anne Whiteley said...

Happy Birthday to Rhys, and special well wishes to his angel brother as well

Alicia said...

Today is a fantastic day! We have joined prayers and hopes with your family throughout this long year, and are overwhelmed at the miracle and gift of Rhys's life. Though we've yet to meet you, sweet boy, our hearts are full of love for you today! Happy, happy, happy birthday.

All our love,
Alicia, Levi, Mattie Joy, & John...the Oregonian contingent of your sprawling family. ;)

meredith said...

Happy Birthday Rhys!

mack said...

That was the sweetest blog update ever. Happy Birthday Rhys! I'm so proud of you for making it to one year and hope one day I can meet you!!!

Jodi said...

Rhys, We've seen how much you've grown this past year and how amazing you are! We'll never forget your dear brother, Bentley. I'm sure my sweet Logan is helping him celebrate and I hear they have the best chocolate cake ever in heaven. Happy Birthday, Rhys! Can't wait to see what amazing things you'll do in the years to come.