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 Noelle! She is truly beautiful 🙂
    Cheers to you and your hubby, Sally! I think the first birthday is a bigger achievement for the parents 😉

  2. Your post brought tears to my eyes. Being a mom is the greatest job I will ever have. Enjoy every minute of Noelle growing up…. because time goes by so fast. Hoppy First Birthday Princess. Congratulations Sally- you’re a great mom and role model

  3. beautiful…. love everything about your family and your website. Thank you for sharing so much with us. Would really love to know where to purchase plate with baby name and birthdate

    1. Hi Gail! Thank you so much for the kind message. I got the birthday plate from this adorable Etsy shop:

  4. First birthday blessings to your sweet little doll for the happiest day and year ahead. Congrats Mama…nice job! Thank you for sharing your beautiful family.

  5. Happy 1st birthday Noelle!! You have grown so much and you are a lucky girl to have such wonderful parents. Thank you for sharing such a cutie

  6. That last picture shes so cute and I love the pic with the winter hat you took. You guys keep giving her all the love she deserves . You are great parenting her and it shows from the family pics .Keep comforting her with joy and love Sally

  7. Happy belated birthday Noelle. I can’t believe she is 1 already. I hope her birthday party went smooth this weekend. We all know her birthday cake was top notch. 🙂

  8. Happy Birthday Noelle! Wow! How did a year go by so fast?!? She is just adorable! Look forward to watching her grow up and be Mommy’s helper in the kitchen! 🙂

  9. Oh my I teared up with your post!! Happy Birthday to your beautiful Noelle, she is perfect and those eyes!!! they are everything!! Congrats!!!

  10. Happy Birthday (sorry I’m late) to your beautiful baby, and you, have loads of fun this year as she slowly learns how to push all your buttons (Dad’s, too) and still charm you beyond all belief!!

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