The Sweetest Year

Birthday plate for baby girl with giraffe and pink elephant on

Noelle. 24 lbs, 30 inches, 7 teeth, and taking your first steps.

You’re the happiest part of my life, the purest love, the hardest job, and mothering you is the highest privilege I’ve ever known. I am so many things besides a mom, but I will always proudly accept my title as your mama 1st and foremost. Thank you so much for bringing us unconditional love, the brightest smile, the most beautiful eyes, and endless giggles. Time has never passed more quickly until you were born!!!

All of this, and so much more, has made it the sweetest year.

I cannot believe my baby is 1! Happy 1st birthday to our Noelle. ♥

Birthday plate from Etsy 🙂 Some photos by Megan Brodie Photography


  1. Happy birthday to your sweet darling. May this next year be filled with excellent health and lots of joy.

  2. A very happy birthday to your gorgeous honey!!!!! Congratulations on one year with your precious girl…it seems as though the year has flown by!!! And a happy slightly belated anniversary to you too – I hope you had a wonderful celebration and congrats to you and Kevin on 4 years!

    1. Thank you for the well-wishes, Gemma!! 🙂

  3. Happiest first birthday, sweet little Noelle! And congratulations to you and Kevin, Sally 🙂 thank you for making us a part of this lovely experience! Hope the safari themed party is a super hit!

  4. Brittany Audra @ Audra’s Appetite says:

    Happy birthday Noelle! Have fun celebrating today 🙂

  5. Sheenam | says:

    Happy birthday sweet girl!! Congratulations Sally.

  6. Happy Birthday to your precious Noelle!! Children are a blessing ❤️ No matter what I’ve done in life I feel my greatness accomplishment are my two children. I found out I will be a grandma in February so the blessing doubles! Can’t wait ❤️

    1. Congratulations to you! What exciting news 🙂

  7. Happy Birthday to your precious little girl. She is so cute! Wishing her a beautiful year ahead x You are doing a great job Sally as her Mama 🙂

  8. Happy 1st Birthday Noelle!!! Have fun celebrating your precious girl! Time flies so enjoy every second of it!

  9. Happy Birthday beautiful girl! Being a Mom is the most difficult but reagarding experience you’ll ever have. Enjoy ever minute because it goes by way too fast. My daughters are 27 and 29 and I can’t believe it! Take care of yourself along the way and Noelle will see what a truly wonderful mom she has!!

    1. Thank you Julie!

  10. Happy birthday Little Lady. Great pictures!

  11. Happy First birthday, Noelle. Happy anniversary to you guys too. It is very cliche, but I am going to say it….being a mother to my 2 children has been my greatest accomplishment and they are 30 and 26. I would not trade it for anything. Keep doing what you’re doing….it’s awesome on all counts!

    1. Thank you so much Karen!

  12. Happy Birthday, Noelle! I hope your year is filled with lots of love and lots of sprinkles!!

  13. Happy Birthday Sweet Noelle I hope your day is filled with fun, family and lots of “Sprinkles”!!! Congrats Sally to a great 1st year.

  14. Simfrosa Manley says:

    Happy Blessed Birthday Noelle May your day be extra sweet as YOU… Many Blessings

    Simmie and family

  15. She’s precious! God bless her and your beautiful family.

  16. Happy Birthday, Noelle! Sally, thanks for the pictures. Congratulations to you and Kevin. She is adorable!

    1. Thank you so much!

  17. She is super cute! 🙂 Happy birthday Noelle!

    1. Thank you Abby!

  18. She’s just the sweetest!! Like you! Happy Birthday Noelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

  19. Happy Birthday Noelle!

  20. Happy birthday Noelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

  21. Happy Birthday to her she is so precious

  22. Charlotte Moore says:

    What precious pictures! She is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!

  23. Happy Birthday Noelle!

  24. Thanks for sharing this wonderful day. Happy Birthday sweet girl!

    1. Thank you Karen!

  25. What a sweet little love bug! Happy birthday, Noelle!

  26. Happy 1st birthday to your daughter! My son is 3 1/2 and it was only within the last couple of months that I finished his 1st year Shutterfly book‍♀️; it’s a joy to relive so many sweet moments. Have a wonderful day! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with your readers!

    1. Ooops! Special characters got all mixed up! :-p

    2. Thank you so much Susan!

  27. i just shed i tear reading this! happy birthday Noelle!! your momma brings so much sweetness in to peoples homes and i’m glad you give her all the sweetness back!

    1. So sweet Sandra! Thank you!!

  28. Where did you get the adorable plate? I would love to purchase one for my granddaughter who is just 6 months old.

    Your comment about it being a privilege to be a mom is so true, these years and times are so precious and go by faster than you can imagine. People tell me that being a grandparent is the best, but I thought being a mom was the best!

    Thank you,


    1. Hi Hedy! I shared a link to the plate at the bottom of the post!

  29. Happy birthday sweet Noëlle and congratulations, Sally and Kévin !

    1. Thank you so much!

  30. God’s blessings on your big first. Stay as sweet as you look.

    1. Thank you Carol!

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