Carson: one year

I blinked and now have a one year old little girl! Carson brings a lot of joy to those around her -- all of the obvious suspects are obsessed with her (parents, grandparents), but even those who interact with her more sparingly have been won over by her. She is very loving towards others and has a sweet disposition.

We celebrated her birthday at our house with family and friends -- it is so humbling to see how others love Carson and are generous with both their time and resources. Sean and I feel very happy here in Fayetteville, surrounded by wonderful, thoughtful friends and family.

Here's a video I made with some of our favorite pictures and videos from Carson's first year!
Here are a few pictures from the party! I tried to keep things pretty simple and made most of the decorations and food.

To my one-year-old daughter, Carson --

This year you have grown physically, while I have grown more emotionally and spiritually than I thought possible. Your dad and I are incredibly proud and honored to be your parents and don't take our roles lightly. One of my favorite things about you right now is your friendliness with others -- you do no discriminate who you share smiles or waves with and it's a wonderful picture of loving others well. Thanks for taking it easy on us and introducing us to parenthood as gently as possible. While there is a small part of me sad to see this baby stage leave, I am pretty darn excited to see you continue to learn and help decipher your talents and interests. You are loved by so many, but none greater than Jesus himself.