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 happy birthday sweet baby Noelle! Such a beautiful girl!!! Thanks for sharing the pics. I love the pic with Kevin holding her and her chubby little arm. Hope you all enjoy this special day. God bless.

  2. Oh sweet baby Noelle,,,,you MELT ME!!!!! I don’t and couldn’t have children,,,so for me to see her….well lets just say it really, really touches my heart. Thank you for sharing her with us,,Gosh you HAVE A BEAUTIFUL family. I LOVE your site too!! debra

  3. Happy Birthday Noelle!! She is gorgeous! I remember when you first bought her that doggie beanie, seems like yestetday and now she’s here wearing it! My baby boy is 7 weeks and I cannot believe how fast that has gone! Time really does move quicker than ever before when you have a baby! Much love to you all. xxx

  4. Happy 1st Birthday Noelle!
    Thank you for sharing the beautiful pictures of her and you and Kevin. So sweet. Love the 1st birthday plate.

  5. Dear Sally,
    Happy Happy Birthday to your beautiful Noelle. It’s such a blessing to have a baby and she’s 1. Enjoy everything. Love, Anat

  6. She is precious! Your photos are wonderful, especially the one of her daddy holding her in his huge hands! Thanks for sharing with all of us. How do her furry siblings like her?

  7. She is absolutely precious!! The happiest of birthdays to your little one Sally & blessings to her & her family!! These pics or so beautiful. Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  8. Happy birthday Noelle! Sally, you will see, it only gets sweeter! And harder, in a way, but also easier. This mummy thing is so complicated and so, so beautiful. I recently started receiving first “I love you Mummy!” and it’s the best thing ever.

  9. Happy Birthday to your sweet baby girl! That first year is magical…Thank you for sharing photos and for all your amazing recipes that bring joy to so many families. You are always the first place I look for a recipe when I’m ready to bake!!

  10. Oh, shes gorgeous, and has your beautiful eyes, Sally! She’s tall too, 30 inches at a year old, wow! I’m only 60 inches tall, so she’s half my height already, lol. Happy birthday, Noelle!

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