Friday, July 01, 2011

Happy Birthday


Some one is 1 year old today.
Can you believe it?



An entire year.

One year ago today emotions and adrenaline were running high as we welcomed this beautiful baby girl into the world. I remember that day with piercing clarity. It was a great day...one of the best. The last 12 months have been amazing. We love our little baby. Despite my post last week about how hard things are sometimes, there is of course the flip side of the coin, the side of the coin we see and feel 90% of the time that tells us there is much more joy than frustration. Our lives are shinier, happier, more open and aware and more complete than they were a year ago. We are forever changed.

Here's a look back.
















We love you baby girl.
Our hearts are full.

I invite you to leave a birthday message for the birthday girl.  Even if you've never left a comment before it would warm our hearts to no end to hear from all of Lamp's fans out there.  

99 comments:

  1. Linda P.8:10 AM

    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday to you!
    Happy birthday, precious Lamp-y,
    Happy birthday, to youuuuuuuu! : )

    Thanks for sharing all the pics, Miggy! They are the sweetest.

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  2. Happy, Happy, Birthday to your sweet and beautiful Lampstres. I loved all of the pictures.

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  3. Hi. I am a lurked. Have been reading since Lamp was born and love seeing how she has transformed your lives. Happy happy birthday from Vicky in Australia.

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  4. Happy Birthday baby Lamp!! I love seeing your sweet face on your mommy's blog.

    (Delurking from Cincinnati and looking forward to following your next adventure in Texas.)

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  5. happy birthday sweet baby girl. You are so precious and I've loved stalking this blog to watch you grow. You are just beautiful and I pray that you always face life challenges with that sweet smile on your face.

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  6. Thanks Linda. You're comments are always so kind and welcomed!

    Lauren--Thank you!

    Vicky--Australia! Wow...thanks for saying hi.

    Heather--Another Cincinnatian! Thanks.

    Brent and Abigail--Thanks for the love!

    I probably won't get to comment on each and every message but thank you! It's fun reading them already.

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  7. I love you Baby Lamp. You don't know me, and I don't know you, but your amazing mother has opened the door for so many people with limb differences, and opened the eyes of so many people. You are a beautiful baby and you must be incredibly strong to have agreed to such a unique challenge. Happy Biirthday. You are lovely and special and in one year made such a huge difference to so many people. I can't imagine what amazing things the rest of your life has to offer.

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  8. Happy Birthday Lamp! You are a beautiful baby girl with a beautiful family. It warmed my heart looking at pictures of your first year. May your second year be even better and sweeter!

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  9. SUCH cute photos!!

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  10. Claire9:54 AM

    Happy birthday, cute Lamp!!

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  11. Greetings from an old roomie. I've been silently stalking your blog for a long time, and I think if there is ever a good day to leave a comment, it's today! Happy birthday to little Lamp!! She's such a beautiful girl. Best wishes for year #2.

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  12. Wow a year already! Happy Happy Birthday to Lamp!

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  13. Happy, happy day to such a lovely little girl. How many one-year-olds have their own world-wide fan club? We are rooting for your whole family in Kansas! With love from Angela (PS: Your big sister - kind of a nut, huh? :> )

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  14. Happy happy birthday, Miss Lamp! Your smiling face makes me grin each and every time I see it. I hope you and Princess Sparkled have a wonderful, fun-filled day!

    De-lurking to say happy birthday and welcome to Texas! I just moved to Dallas a few months ago and I look forward to reading about your adventures in San Antonio.

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  15. Happy Birthday, Sweet Girl! I know you are and will continue to be a blessing to your family. And how lucky are you to be in a family with the perfect mommy, daddy and sister?

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  16. i've been a fan of your blog for years, but seldom comment (sorry!) i found you from your tents on etsy ages ago.
    but i have to wish sweet lamp a happy birthday! what a special girl.
    i was pregnant at the same time as you, and my little guy will turn one in a few weeks. he screams, too. a lot, and it is so peircing that it makes my ears ring. but that is about as far as i can relate. however, i really appreciate your honesty and openness and hope to learn more empathy and acceptance despite my ignorance. thank you.

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  17. You know I'm a fan! Actually I'm a fan of Lamp's and the whole family. Happy Birthday sweet girl.

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  18. Happy ONE to sweet Lamp!

    Love, Bree from UT

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  19. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LITTLE LAMP! You are extremely cute, just like your big sister.
    Hugs from the U.P. of Michigan!

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  20. Happy Birthday Lamp! :) You have a beautiful life ahead of you and you are loved!

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  21. Anonymous11:41 AM

    Happy, happy birthday Lamp from a smitten lurker! The next year will bring wonderful things for you, I am sure. Thank your mother for writing such lovely posts on this blog - they (and you) have quickly drawn me in.

    Suzanne

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  22. happy birthday little lamp! you are so special. your purpose in life is one we may not fully understand yet, but is incredible and beautiful and deep. thank you for lighting up everyone's life with your smile and your soul. i hope you always know that you are a special daughter of heavenly father.

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  23. Happy Birthday little Lampy! I have learned much from you and your Momma over this past year. You are the cutest of the cute!! (not to exclude your big sister....she's pretty off the charts too!)

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  24. Happy birthday sweet little one! Her smile is perfect and your photos overlooking her first year made me tear up. She is lovely and obviously thriving in her own little way. The possibilities are endless for her, coming from such an obviously loving family.

    I started reading just before you had her, and I am so happy you are sharing her amazing story.

    Hey - I have a possible book suggestion for you mama, The Boy in The Moon by Ian Brown. Its a beautifully written book about the challenges of parenting a child with a significant disability. Though very different from Lamp, the challenges he writes about are common to many parents, and life in general. If you are interested, email me your mailing address and I will send the book to you when I am done. :-) Shannon

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  25. Happy Birthday, Lamp! Thanks for sharing your cuteness with us!

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  26. Happy Birthday, Lovely Lamp! I've been a fan of your family since waaay before you were born! I've prayed a lot for you--and your family. I am SO happy to see you smile so much! You are absolutely ADORABLE!!! If I could, I would give you loves and squenches all day long! =)

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  27. happy birthday beautiful girl!

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  28. Happy birthday sweet girl! We're strangers, but love reading your blog. Thanks for sharing!
    P.S. My 3-year old loves seeing Lamp & Sparkle Pants - she says they are her friends. :)

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  29. Happy Birthday, sweet Lamp! You are blessed beyond measure, created in the image of God. I hope you love Texas!!
    Love, Julia from Denton, TX

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  30. Happy happy birthday baby Lamp! Cute pictures.

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  31. I've been reading since you found out you were pregnant with Lamp. What a joy and blessing she must be for your family! Happy birthday cute girl!

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  32. Anonymous2:15 PM

    Happy birthday sweet niece! We love and cheer for you every day!
    Love,
    Jill & Buzz

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  33. A beautiful baby girl - I believe she has an IMPORTANT mission to fulfill here upon this earth. I look forward to following her journey. Love Gwen

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  34. Been following little Lamp for a while. I have 4 brother with severe disabilities and I want to tell you that I am beyond impressed with you. I know what it can be like some days to think about the future of your little one, and your strength and hope are inspiring. What a sweet family, and what a sweet Lamp!

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  35. I have been following Lamp's story for a while now. I have 4 brothers with severe disabilities and I want you to know how impressed I am with you. I know how disheartening it can be some days to think about the future of your little one and I want you to know that your hope and faith are inspiring. A sweet family and a sweet Lamp! Happy birthday!

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  36. happy birthday lampy!! love and big hugs to you and to your amazing mom, pops and sis. hope to see the whole family this summer. please say it's going to be so! love ya miggs.

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  37. She is a such a beautiful little girl. My son will be one in a month, its amazing how fast they grow and change. Happy Birthday little Lamp!

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  38. Happy birthday from Chicago!

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  39. Happy, Happy Birthday, Lampy!

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  40. Happy Birthday Lamp!
    You are beautiful. Enjoy your day!

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  41. Happy birthday sweet, lovely Lamp!

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  42. Happy birthday to adorable Lamp!

    -Kristen the Lurker from Houston

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  43. Happy birthday big girl!! It has been a pleasure to watch you grow!

    Hugs and kisses from Indiana :)

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  44. Happy Happy Birthday, you are an inspiration!

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  45. Happy, happy birthday, little Lampy! Hope your special day was terrific, and the next year even better. Sending you lots of love from Richmond, Virginia!

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  46. happy birthday, sweet baby! We love everything about you, and are so happy that you are out there, warming all of our hearts with your beautiful smile! Many happy returns, and see you soon, I hope!
    XOXO, the Gunns

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  47. What great pics! Happy Birthday to little miss Lamp! Thanks so much for sharing her with us :) She is definitely a bright spot in my day! You have a really neat little family. Good luck with the transition to TX. Happy Day!

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  48. Happy birthday, Lamp! We love you in MI. And we're bummed you're moving to TX. We'll just have to work a little harder to say hi in person. One year. Can't believe it.

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  49. Happy Birthday Lamp! You don't know me and I don't know you but your cute pictures make me smile every time. And I laugh and cry at your mom's posts and sometimes try to secretly be as funny and amazing as she is. Glad that I stalked this blog :) Happy Birthday baby girl!

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  50. Happy Birthday, sweet little Lamp! Found you through Reagan's blog and me and my 22-month-old little boy have been big fans ever since. All the best to you from Delaware. :-)

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  51. Happy Birthday Lamp :)
    One day, you'll look back on all of these stories that your mother has recorded for herself, your daddy, and you and your sister, and you'll see how apt the nick name 'Lamp' is.. you really are one of the lights in the darkness for many people.
    Keep shining brightly!!

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  52. Happy Birthday to Lamp and good luck to you all in Texas! It was so good to meet you!

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  53. Hey Beautiful Lamp!

    I didn't want to go to bed yet so I was surfing and stopped on mommy's blog. I had forgotten today was your birthday!

    I love your gift to me... your lovely photo with your sister that is my bulletin board at work. You are such a beautiful baby, inside and out!

    Thank you for letting me be part of your first year of life!

    Your favorite OT, Amy K.

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  54. Happy birthday baby girl!! We love you. Can't wait until the next time we see you.

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  55. Anonymous12:53 AM

    Dearest Lamp,

    Happy, Happy Birthday! There are angels masquerading on this earth as people, and you are one!( I suspect your Mom is too!)

    We LOVE you and you inspire us every day!

    We are thankful you belong to us... how lucky are we! Love, hugs and prayers to you!

    "Happy to you!"

    All our love,
    PaPa & G.G.

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  56. happy birthday sweet baby.

    you are beautiful and oh so special.

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  57. I'm a fan! Happy Birthday sweet Lampy! May your upcoming year be bright!


    P.S. You almost killed me with those photos.

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  58. Happy Birthday to a girl with wise eyes. Happy Day to her family, who brings a little sunshine into my life through this blog.

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  59. Happy Birthday to Lamp! She is soooo beautiful. Love all the pictures in this post!

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  60. Happy Birthday sweet baby!

    What beautiful pictures, Migs.

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  61. Happy birthday gorgeous girl!!!
    Loved all the pics!

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  62. Happy birthday sweet Lamp! You are a gorgeous girl and I am happy to "know" you and see your amazing progression. :)

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  63. Anonymous3:39 PM

    Happy Birthday Lamp!

    I love seeing pictures of your smiling face.

    Miggy - thanks for sharing her life and yours with us.

    Kristin in Utah

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  64. I'm a fan of the lampster! Happy Birthday Lamp-y girl! You are amazing and extraordinarily cute. :)

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  65. Anonymous5:48 PM

    Happy happy birthday Lamp

    LOVE your blog, you are an amazing Mum and I enjoy each new post more than the last

    from New Zealand XX

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  66. Happy Birthday to sweet, sweet Lamp. I'm a huge fan of her and her family.

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  67. Happy Birthday Miss Lampy! I just found out I'm moving to San Antonio, from DC, in the spring, so maybe I'll see you there? Thanks for sharing your beautiful life (I found you from Reagan)

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  68. Happy Birthday Lamp! You're a lucky girl to have such a fabulous mom and dad and sister!

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  69. Happy Birthday Lamp! Long time reader, first-time commenter - thought it would be appropriate for your first birthday.

    I think you're all just awesome! May your next year be as shiny and beautiful as the first. :)

    - Sarah, usually in Michigan but now in Wisconsin

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  70. Oh she is such a lovely baby!! Happy birthday sweet baby girl!

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  71. Happy bday Cutie McCute Pants!

    Miss you guys.

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  72. happy birthday beautiful girl!

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  73. Celeste1:37 AM

    Happy happy birthday! She is such a doll!


    Celeste

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  74. Happy Birthday to Lamp from Los Angeles! We are cheering for you all the way from the West coast.

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  75. Happy Birthday gorgeous Lamp! May all your days be wonderful!

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  76. Katie Blomer3:52 PM

    I love that baby!!!! I'm going to miss her, and Princess Sparkle Pants, and of course you and B!

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  77. I don't think I have ever left a comment before. but somehow I love little Lamp. And I love your sweet family. Looking at all the pictures in this post brought tears to my eyes.

    Happy, Happy Birthday little Lamp. You are loved...even by those who have never met you!

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  78. Happy Birthday Lamp! You are beautiful!

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  79. Happy birthday to our sweet friend Lamp! We sure love you little one!

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  80. Happy birthday you gorgeous girl, you. You sweet smile and tenacious spirit have so warmed my heart. I know you will be great (and already are).

    Much love,

    Adoring fan on the internet mj

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  81. Anonymous9:18 PM

    Happy Birthday Sweet Lamp!!!Stay Strong,Cool,Beautiful and Happy girl forever!!!And all the best your mommy,daddy and cute big sister!!!

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  82. Happy birthday baby lamp! You are a beautiful baby girl and loved all across the country!

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  83. I can't get enough of your little Lamp! She warms my heart and reminds me of the daily miracles we are all blessed with! I have 2 babies who are just two days older than Lamp and I feel extremely empathetic about your story and situation. You are all amazing and beautiful examples. Much love and happy birthday to sweet Lamp!

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  84. Happy Birthday Lamp girl!! It's been amazing watching you and your family grow this last year.
    Cheryl-Lynn (from Miggy's ward growing up)

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  85. Happy birthday little girl! Your big fans and best friends Bethany, Isaac, Jared and Debi love, love, love you!

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  86. Anonymous8:42 AM

    Many birthday wishes for Lamp!

    Enjoy reading your blog - thanks for your honesty.

    reader in Ohio

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  87. Happy Birthday little lampy! Your smile is so contagious! Stay beautiful.

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  88. I'm a little belated but Happy Birthday to your sweet girl. I definitely love hearing about all your wonderful Lampy moments!

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  89. Oh she is a beauty!!!!! Hugs to all of you and HAPPY BIRTHDAY LAMP!

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  90. Christine9:29 PM

    I have been reading your blog the last year and I think Lamp is the cutest, sweetest little baby I have ever seen. Happy happy Birthday!!!

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  91. Happy Belated Birthday little Angel Girl!
    ~from a fan in Boise, Idaho!

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  92. HapHappy Birthday Lamp!!!!
    You are so cute. So precious.
    Happy Birthday Big One Year Old Girl!!

    --Mari

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  93. happy happy birthday sweet sweet girl!

    (and what a beautiful tribute to her first year.)

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  94. Anonymous12:15 PM

    Happy Birthday, sweet, Lamp! You and your family are such an inspiration.

    Cindy

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  95. Happy birthday! I'm so glad your family is doing well. It sounds like you bring a lot of love and joy to them, Little Lamp. :)

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  96. Happy Birthday Lamp! For one so small, you are so powerful. You are loved by so many strangers who will never even meet you.

    Melanie

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  97. I will add to the hundred comments... literally! Check this girl, LOVED by so many who don't even know her! I am FINALLY catching up on your blog! I can't believe all that is going on in your life! So even though I am late, Happy Birthday to sweet Lamp, happy travels to you guys, I hope all is well! Sure love you and admire you woman!

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  98. i know i'm a little late to this party. but i just discovered your blog! my extra awesome baby girl was born a year ago on sunday. she went without oxygen at birth and thus has a brain injury. it's been a rough first year. and the 1st bday wasn't much better as we spent it back in the same hospital where she was born. we are still here actually, she's battling RSV and the flu. but she is doing better. anyone, i'm going to continue to catch up on your blog. i'm completely captivated by your story, your gorgeous girls, your outlook and writing style. just wanted to stop by and say hello.

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  99. Anonymous11:07 PM

    I'm also late the party. Just wanted to say that little Lamp is one of the cutest little babies I've ever seen. I love the one of her profile in that sweet hat.

    Beautiful family!

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