Can you believe it!! We're here! One whole glorious, miraculous, blessing filled year old! We serve one awesome God!
And not only is Killian alive, he is well! When the doctors told us he had a 5% chance of survival, they made sure we knew that even on the slight chance he did pull through, he'd most certainly be extremely handicapped at best.
Well Glory to God, he is no vegetable! He is a capable little boy who did all of the following while I was in Nashville this weekend:
- Sat up for a bit on his own
- Laughed out loud! (a lot)
- Played peek a boo with his blanket
- Passed objects between his hands and explored textures
- Babbled and cooed when he got excited
- Cuddled like it was his job!
- And much more!!
This won't be a super long blog post because I want to get to the good stuff...pictures from his party! But I do want to take a quick moment to reflect on how far we've come. I skimmed all of the previous blog posts and realized that nearly every single one of our prayers were answered. God listens! He loves us and He loves you!
In my devotional today the perfect scripture came up. It applies to Killian, praise the Lord, but it also applies to you! Whatever the new year may bring for you, just remember...
11 "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
And now for the party pics!! We decided long ago that Killian's first birthday party would be superhero themed because, well, he's obviously a superhero with mad superhero skills!
|We had lots of friends and family travel very far to celebrate with us.|
|There were lots of fun snacks!|
|And even more candy!|
|Fun candy bars!|
|AWESOME cookies our friend Rebecca in Wichita made and sent overnight for the party!|
|Grandma Val made cupcakes with HOMEMADE icing!|
|Aunt Layna was pretty stoked about "Sucker City"|
|Super Killian (cape and all!) with Super Momma Lindsey|
|My Grandma Val worked so hard on my party! And she takes such good care of me and my mommy! She's the best!|
|Grandpa Barry always makes me smile!|
|There's Crazy Aunt Layna!|
|PawPaw Garry, Me and Kerr-Bear. We're all superheros!|
|Cuddle time with paw paw Garry.|
|It's Head Nurse Erin! She's still really involved in my life and photo credits for these awesome pics go to her!|
|So much attention! I don't know what to do with myself|
|Before the cake, mama told everyone my stats: 224 days in the hospital, 17 surgeries, 3 trips to the ER, 1447 fans on Facebook, 98,000 views to a blog about me!|
|Then it was cake time!|
|I did some good damage!|
|Love my mommy!|
|I got some sweet presents too! Lots of toys and clothes and diapers!|
|Silly Aunt Layna!|
|All tuckered out from partying too hard.|
I'll post more pictures from the weekend later, but wanted to share these with you on this wonderful day. I know we say it a lot but we can't thank you all enough for the love, cards, emails, calls, flowers, toys, cash, food, PRAYERS, POSITIVE THOUGHTS and so much more that you all have given us over the past year.
We are so blessed to know you and to have our sweet Killian with us today. Please say a special prayer today for those sweet cherubs we lost this year and who are currently fighting for their little precious lives.
We love you all!
xoxoxo Aunt Layna
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