happy 2nd birthday, baby girl!

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Our little Lena turned two yesterday.  Where have these two years gone?!  She isn’t a baby anymore; instead she’s a chatting, giggling, darling little girl.  Although watching any of your children (particularly your firstborn, I assume) grow up is bittersweet, it is true that somehow I come to love her more every day. I never knew my heart had such a capacity for love until I met Elliott and then Lena and then Gil.

Last year around this time I followed Lena around with a camera one morning while she played.  The pictures I captured of her are some of my favorites of her.  I decided to do the same thing on her birthday this year.  Here she is, our little two-year-old!

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She loves her new tea set from Grammie and Poppy!  We probably had 10 different tea parties yesterday.

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When Gil gets his diaper changed, Lena likes to use a little of the Vaseline on her face.  Hmm… before I know it she’ll be asking for blush and lipstick!

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Above: “Mama…. Gil… arm… eating!”  Make that the first time Gil tickled his sister.  The first of many times, I imagine.

Below: Lena enjoys a birthday video message from her Aunt Eden.  Thanks to all the family members who sent them yesterday!  Lena looked up at me with this huge grin on her face at least once during every one of them.  becca-garber-birthday-videos becca-garber-birthday-sicily

Above: Lena points and says, “Cows… dere!”  Often there are cows in the valley below our house; one of her favorite things in the world is to walk down with her daddy to see them up close.

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Above right: Lena gives one of the teddy bears in her puzzle a kiss because he has a sad face.  “Kiss… butter.”  I’m sure he feels better after a kiss from you, Lena!

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I love you, my precious little Lena, and I am so thankful that I am your mama.  Your daddy and I pray every day that God would give us courage, patience, and wisdom as we raise you, that you might never know a day apart from Him.

xoxo,

Mama

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27 Responses to happy 2nd birthday, baby girl!

  1. Carrie April 4, 2013 at 2:36 pm #

    Happy birthday to your sweet little girl!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you, Carrie!

  2. David April 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm #

    This is so precious — I want to snuggle hug both of them. :-/ Happy birthday, Laney lane!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thank you, Uncle David!

  3. Autumn April 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm #

    oh my goodness I am overwhelmed these pictures are amazing

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Thanks, sister!

  4. Alica April 4, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    These are precious pictures…especially the ones of Lena and Gil laughing. Look how much fun they seem to be having together! Do I see a little boy who is getting happier as he gets older? :) I don’t know either of your families, so I could not decide who I thought Lena looked like, until I saw the picture here of her with your glasses on. I think she must favor you!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Gil’s getting a leeeeetle happier, maybe, especially first thing in the morning (when these photos were taken). And I hope Lena does look a bit like me, but I’m glad if she’s a good combo of both of us! I really want Gil to look like my husband. :-)

  5. Emily April 4, 2013 at 4:50 pm #

    What beautiful photos. I can’t decide which one I like better. Happy Birthday little Lena!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Thanks, Emily, and thanks for coming to celebrate on Saturday!

  6. Steph @ meet.make.laugh. April 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Happy Birthday Lena! I love how you take a full day of pictures on her birthday…. great idea! :)

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      I think I’ll make it a tradition. Definitely helps me keep a good record of them every year… since goodness knows that month-by-month pictures have not worked for me!

  7. Shelby April 4, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    She’s is such a precious, happy little girl! Happy Birthday Lena!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Thank you, Shelby!

  8. Lucy April 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    So so sweet. Hugs and kisses from across the miles to those dear little children!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

      Thank you, Mom! Wish you could have been here to celebrate with us.

  9. Marmee April 5, 2013 at 1:06 am #

    Lovely pictures and so nice to be able to imagine just how it was :)

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

      We missed you so much! Wish you could have stayed a few more days…!

  10. katie April 5, 2013 at 8:39 am #

    Happy birthday, Lena! I love her sweet half-braid and mary jane tights. And what a great big sister she seems to be, too.

    You might like to know that on a recent visit with my family, your blog came up briefly and I realized one of my aunts has been following you since I linked to you on FB. She raved for a few minutes about how precious Lena is, “just the cutest little girl” she’s ever seen. : ) “That hair! Those cheeks! Those blue eyes!”

    I thought this far-away appreciation might be appreciated by you guys, so there you go.

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

      Read this aloud to Elliott… felt our hearts swell with parental pride. Thanks for passing this along, Katie!

  11. Sarah Boschung April 6, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    She is becoming quite a beautiful young lady! I cannot believe that she is already two–it seems like yesterday that we were having her baby shower. XOXO

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:32 pm #

      Thank you, Sarah, for everything… starting with the shower over two years ago! So many happy memories from that day.

  12. jess April 7, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Love the hair!

    • Becca April 8, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      You would… parted on the side AND French-braided. :-) Elliott’s a big fan too.

  13. esther. April 8, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    The Vaseline photo is my fav! My parents have an old photo of me when they were having dinner at a friend’s house and I got into the lipstick somehow – a bright red Z across my face!

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