Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Happy 2nd Birthday, Olivia!

Happy Birthday, sweet girl!
You've had another big year. You started your second year off well, enjoying all the beautiful colors of fall. Once winter hit, you just didn't feel so well. Since then, you have spent many, many, many days in your home away from home - the PICU at St. Francis. Now that you have your heart fixed, you are doing amazingly well! In just the last few weeks you have started babbling so much more, trying to blow kisses, doing the "Itsy, Bitsy Spider" with your precious little fingers, and giggling out loud. This morning when Brooklyn was tickling you; I'd never heard you laugh so loud!
You are spending most of your days playing with your toys and eating. You also enjoy playing with all your therapists, who love you and are helping you so much. You love doing puzzles (thanks, Cheryl!) and stacking your cups and blocks. You are trying really hard to get used to the outside, but you are still a little unsure about that pokey green grass! Your mannerisms are definitely showing off the fact that you are now 2! You even sit in a way that makes you look so big.
Of course, your all-time favorite thing is still watching your brother and sister. They can always make you smile! They love you so much. Jack prays every night a prayer of thanksgiving that you are home from the hospital. Brooklyn prays that "your cold goes away" (even though you don't have a cold?!?) and that she loves you and is glad you are out of the hospital, too. You've touched many hearts in your short, yet amazing life.
We are praying for a strong, healthy, and happy year! Happy Birthday, Livvy! We love you!
Love,
Mommy

6 comments:

threekidchaos said...

Happy Birthday! It's been an eventful second year but you made it through & now it's time to Celebrate! I hope you have a wonderful day & many blessings for year 3!

The Beech's

Cheryl Baker said...

Happy Birthday Girly Girl!!! I am so honored to have spent your birthday morning with you! I am very glad that you love your puzzles. You are going to be a natural at them. Now, if you could just fall in love with the fuzzy, orange purse, I would be even more ecstatic!!

Do me a favor and stay healthy. We are way behind on our therapy sessions, and I expect your attendance to be better this year.

Love Ya!

Cheryl B.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Miss Olivia!!!! What an eventful 2 years you have had. Hopefully your biggest events for this year will only be developemental ones! Have a wonderful Birthday Party. Kay

Anonymous said...

Happy 2nd birthday, Olivia. You are an amazing little girl. You have taught us so much in the past two years. Thank you for helping us all be strong in our faith, and for reminding us that things are not what is important. We are so proud of you. To see you happy and healthy warms our heart. We love you. Love, Grandma and Grandpa C.

The Hawkinson Gang said...

Happy Birthday Sweet Girl! Tears are rolling down my face.....I am so happy that you are home with your family that LOVE YOU SO MUCH and who's amazing sacrificial love and faithfulness has inspired so many. I have tears b/c I miss you so much and I can't wait to see you this weekend. Most of all I have tears rolling down my face b/c your amazing Mommy and Daddy are getting the best gift of all for your birthday....your smiles! I can't wait to see you!

Judy said...

Dear Olivia,
What a ride you have been on these last two years. I think we're all ready for you to get off!! And so we're praying that this next year of life will be your best yet. Romans 5:3 says "suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, HOPE!" I think you've taught us all a lot about perseverance and about HOPE and we have such HOPE for you and this next year. We're praying that you stay healthy and that you'll continue to get great reports from the doctors! We're praying that your heart stays strong and works with precision. We're praying that the winter sniffles and colds stay away from your house. We're praying that you'll get to pick pumpkins and roll around in the leaves and even start to like grass this fall! We're praying that you grow into a woman of strong FAITH and character because God has an incredible purpose for your life, just look how far He's brought you already!
Happy Birthday Sweet Olivia!
Love, Ryan, Judy, Christian and McKenna
"I thank my God every time I remember you." Phillipians 1:3