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. What a gorgeous little girl! Here’s hoping you have a year 2 as sweet as year 1 🙂

    1. Patti Hernandez says:

      Happy birthday

    2. Thank you so much!

  2. Happy Birthday beautiful Noelle! Wishing you and your family a lifetime of health and happiness!

    1. Thank you Wendy!

  3. Simply beautiful. A very happy birthday to little Noelle.

  4. 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.

    1. One of my faves, too! Thank you!

  5. 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

    1. Thank you, Debra!

  6. 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

    1. Congratulations to you! Thank you for your kind words!

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

  8. Happy early Birthday Noelle!

    Sally, are you making her cake or having it made? Just curious and hope to see the pictures of it!

    1. Thank you! I made her cake – I’ll be sure to share it soon 🙂

  9. What a beauty! Happy birthday and thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you Rosemary!

  10. 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

  11. Happy Birthday Noelle
    Such a beautiful little girl.

  12. Well isn’t she just the cutest thing!! Happy birthday Noelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

  13. What a little love bug! Happy birthday Noelle

  14. Happy Birthday Noelle!! What a sweet girl and amazing mama!! Enjoy your special day

    1. Thank you so much!

  15. Thank you for sharing your pictures of your beautiful baby Noelle. Can’t believe it’s already a year. Happy Birthday Noelle.

  16. 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?

    1. Thank you! The dogs LOVE her!!

  17. Austria Azaceta says:

    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! 🙂

  18. 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.

    1. So sweet!! Thank you!

  19. Happy 1st birthday Noelle!

    1. Thank you Amy!

  20. What a cutie pie. Many happy birthdays to come.

  21. It really is the best and hardest job! Happy birthday, Noelle! Can’t wait to see how this year’s trip around the sun goes!

  22. Happy Birthday sweet Noelle❣️Thanks for sharing photos of you and your beautiful family!

  23. Noelle is adorable Sally. Happy Birthday Noelle and thank you for sharing pictures of her first year!

    1. Thank you Jane!

  24. 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!!

    1. Thank you so much Suzanne! 🙂

  25. Happy birthday Noelle! You are a beauty and it has been a pleasure seeing your pictures over the last year!!

    1. Thank you so much Cheri!

  26. RedHairedLady (Laura) says:

    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!

    1. Ha!! Yes, she’s very tall. Gets her height from her dad!

  27. Happy first Birthday beautiful girl !!
    She’s adorable !
    I bet her birthday cake is going to be great ! What flavor ??

    1. Thank you so much Debra! It was zebra cake— so chocolate and vanilla 🙂

  28. Happy “1st” Birthday, beautiful little girl! What a lovely family and wonderful pictures!

    1. Thanks so much, Barbara!

  29. She’s precious!!

    1. Thank you!

  30. Such a beautiful girl . Happy Birthday Noelle!

    1. Thank you so much!

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