28 November 2010

Thanksgiving & birthday blessings

Liam was the show at our Thanksgiving dinner this year. He started laughing and couldn't stop.

We still aren't sure what was so very funny.

But it doesn't matter. We love hearing him laugh.


Two days after Thanksgiving we celebrated Liam's 3rd birthday. After three years, it's still very bittersweet. While I am so very thankful for Liam and the day we get to celebrate his life, I am always saddened by memories of his early birth and his twin brother, Brady. I have to fight off the melancholy that tries to overtake me. Even though we get to celebrate Liam, there's just a lot of baggage to overcome. Maybe if Liam wasn't facing so many challenges it would be easier to move on. I don't know.

 Liam, though, did have a wonderful day. We would break out into birthday songs for him throughout the day and he would smile. But by far, his favorite was a little Disneyland song we heard years ago on Rylie's 10th birthday.

"This is your birthday song! It isn't very long.
Ok. That's it!"

And that's really all there is to it! But he thought it was hilarious.

Unwrapping his first present.


Trying to eat the paper.

He loves this drum!

Getting serious about his skills.

A big #3 for the birthday boy and a single candle in honor of Brady.

Waiting to blow out the candles...


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