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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Happy Birthday Abe!!!


Our little man is ONE today! I love that we have now officially spent more of his life with him than without him. We can't imagine our lives without Abey. So many people say how blessed Abe is to have been placed in our family, what a gift that was from the Lord, but the truth is that Team Alexander needed Abe so much more than he needed us.  

He has changed us in every way! From the trip to Ethiopia to the knowledge of his incredible special needs- he teaches us so much. He is happy and can change a bad mood instantly with that big gummy smile (his two top teeth are about to break through though).  He is so determined and we all marvel at his strength and fight to work hard in therapy.  I wish each of you could see what he has done for the other 4 kids- it simply makes me cry.  They delight in this child like nothing I have ever seen.  I praise the Lord for this precious bond He has created between each of them.  

We also think about beautiful Denkanesh today and her incredible love for Abe. Meeting her in Addis was a treasure and a memory that will live with all of us forever.  I'm so thankful that Kristin was there to capture priceless images of the two of them.  We are praying for her today.
Avery made this cake all by herself yesterday in preparation for today's celebration!! She wants you to know that part of it broke - I think it is beautiful. 

We are celebrating Abe's birthday on Saturday!  Come join us at 3:00 if you can. :)

52 comments:

Lori S said...

Happy Birthday precious Abe!! The picture of him with Denkanesh is a beautiful one! Those wonderful people who loved and cared for our children before we could will always hold a special place in our hearts!

Kendra said...

Love to hear about your progress and what you are doing in the lives of your family, sweet Abe. Blessings on your Birthday!

Friends from afar in Rapid City, SD :0)

Bethany said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG BOY!!!!!! What a celebration for your family! The cake is just amazing!!!! Thank you for sharing this with all of us!

John and Heather said...

Avery's cake is another wonderful example that what seems "broke" is really just perfect! A wonderful parallel to your beautiful Abe! Not to mention all of our lives...we are all broken but with Christ we are made whole! That is an awesome birthday cake! Blessings to your family....thanks for sharing your journey!

Abby said...

Happy Birthday Abey Baby!!! You have blest more people than you will EVER know!

whittakerwoman said...

Oh Happy birthday sweet boy! I love, love, love that you were able to meet his mama! H

Jennifer said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Abe!

Jess said...

That Avery could put any cook to shame! I need her to come stay with me for a week. :)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEET, PRECIOUS ABEY!!!!
You are right, how truly blessed we all are to know him and get to see him bless you guys in ways we never imagined. We have Brandon's stepsister's wedding on Saturday...still trying to make a drop in visit happen, you know me! :0) Love!

Natalie Fournet said...

Happy Birthday Abe! Tell Avery I love the cake....it is beautiful!

Lori said...

Happy Birthday special prince! Big hugs and love from NH, and maybe one day we'll be close enough to watch you sprinting down that football field! xoxox Lor

Henley on the Horn said...

Happy Birthday, big boy!!! We are so happy for you & all of the progress you are making. Emily, that Avery is one special little girl too! They all are! I love that she made the cake. Have fun celebrating!

Sarah said...

Happy Birthday Abe! He is just the cutest thing. I love that smile! Cake is awesome!! Wish I could come celebrate with you all! What a pleasure it would be to meet such an incredible family!!

The Albertsons said...

I so wish I could come see you :).
Beautiful cake!
Beautiful Abe :).
Happy birthday sweet boy!

Drew Carey Show said...

Happy Birthday you beautiful boy! You have not only been a blessing to your family but to us too. You are magnificent and inspiring, and we can't wait to see the beautiful things in store for you and your family!

Avery, your cake is divine! What a lovely gift from the world's best big sis!

Roxanne Kristina said...

Blessings on this special day.

R

Misty said...

yay happy birthday Abey!!! that cake is wonderful!! Ave you are so talented!!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday Abe! Sweet sweet post... and really great cake Avery!!!

A Team said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABE!!!!!!!!

You are a precious baby boy! WE LOVE YOU OVER HERE IN KNOXVILLE TN!
Wish I could be at the party! If it were only closer!

Love u guys!

Danae said...

Happy Birthday Abe!!!! We cant wait to meet you! Have a great day little man!

Sarah said...

happy birthday sweet abe! i am so proud of you!!!

Jen said...

What a beautiful smile he has! Happy birthday Little Man. Avery, nice cake! Enjoy the special day.

Cheryl said...

Happy Birthday Abe!! We love you!!

Avery, it's a beautiful cake! And sooo special because of ALL the love you poured into it!!

Ellen said...

Happy Birthday, Abe!

Heidi K. said...

Happy Birthday sweet, darling, precious, Abe!!

Love the cake!

Erica said...

Happy Birthday Abey baby!! What a precious gift from the Lord. Rejoicing with you. Amazing how much sweet Abe looks like his bio mama. Incredible. Praying for her today.

Holli said...

Count us in! haha! We will be celebrating from afar! Abe you are one loved boy! all of blog land has been so blessed by you and your family!
We love you Abe HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Candy said...

Happy Birthday Little Abey!

We love you so much and are so very, very grateful that God has given you to our family. Your mommy is so right when she says you are teaching us all about the goodness of God, the blessedness of life, determination and joy!

Your sister, Avery, has made you one very special birthday cake. Enjoy it, little guy.

Love,
Nanny & Bunt

nancy said...

Tears. in my eyes. as i read this. i hope he loves his cake--you must post pics!

Tymm said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABE!!!!

We wish we could be there to celebrate with you!!!

Love - Meron and her mommy and daddy

Tracy Howard said...

Avery - what a great cake!!

Happy Birthday, Abe!

Enjoy the day, Team Alexander...

Coneymama said...

Happy Birthday sweet baby, Abe. Love to Team Alexander from the Coney's.

Rebecca said...

Happy Birthday Abe!! Wish we could have been at the birthday party :)

By the way, we love the cake Avery made! I showed it to Ben and he said "that's awesome!"

Ellen said...

The cake looks awesome, Ave!
Happy birthday, Abe!

Amber said...

Happy Birthday Abe!

Christy said...

Happy Birthday, Abe!!!

Kim said...

Oh how I wish we could stop in to celebrate! What a beautiful post and sweet ABE you will never know how many lives you have touched! I LOVE the birthday cake your big sister made and cannot wait to see the photos of you enjoying a piece! Love & Blessings Birthday Boy! Kim

Anonymous said...

Dear Abe,

Happy Happy Birthday,
We wish we could come and celebrate...

Love,
Brett, Shannon, Abby, Hudson, Mary Grace and Zane

Melissa said...

Happy Happy Birthday sweet buddy! Can't wait to see you Saturday!!! Save us a piece of that beautiful cake!

Shawn and Jami said...

Emily...can't wait to see you on Saturday:) I can squeeze him right? Thinking about you:)

Tracy said...

what a beautiful cake!!!.....happy birthday precious boy!! :)))

Diane said...

Happy, Happy Birthday, sweet Abe. Thanking Jesus you are with your family and that your family is with you:)

The cake is absolutely beautiful. I hope you all enjoy the party!!!

coffeemom said...

Happy bday Abe!!!! Such a beautiful big boy! Happy Bday mom and dad too! And the cake: it's fantastic! Well done!

Jen said...

i will never forget Abe's bday! On one of my favorite boy's bday we got a referral for our little one :)

Oatsvall Team said...

What an amazing spirit and smile from Abey ... He is one special guy and we are all blessed to have him in our life ...

Love Ya Sister .. Tell Avery she rocks in the caking making department ...

Hugging you BIG today !!!

matt, janna, blair & leighton said...

Happy 1st Birthday Sweet ABE!
...rest really well for your mommy, and remember to tell her what an amazing, inspirational woman she is to many! Happy, loving, warm wishes for a GREAT NEW YEAR of big milestones!!
YOU are fearfully & wonderfully made. Psalms 139:14
Love you!! the Tolands

Stacy Ann said...

Wish we could be there!!! Miss y'all! Abe is gonna be all grown up before we get to meet him!

Farmboy and Buttercup said...

LOVE the gummy smile (for just a short while longer).

LOVE how God has such perfect, unpredictable plans. From your posts, it is clear that your famiy is all becoming more like Jesus. I just know that God is smiling down on you and blessing you as you cling to him through each part of the journey. You are ALL blessed to have each other.

Guard Wife said...

Awww!!! Happy Birthday, Abe! What a blessing it has been to watch you via your family's blog & to be inspired by your sweet little self! What a gorgeous cake your sister made for you! Enjoy!

Jess said...

Happy Birthday Abe!!! I wish I lived 6 hours south of here so we could come to your party!!

Kristi (Boyd) Goldenberg said...

What an encouragement your family is! Happy Birthday Abe. Have a wonderful time celebrating.

Kelley said...

Happy Birthday Abey!!!! I wish I could be there!

Annie

Shawnstribe said...

Happy Birthday Gorgeous lil man
we are sending you big kisses from the UK from our Xiang Xiang
xxx
s

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