I can't believe my baby girl is ONE!!
One of my favorite stories is the one we celebrated this week: of our sweet Jada being born and the surprise of finding out she would be ours. It was one of the most exciting, life-changing, in-every-way-amazing experiences I can imagine.
Today, I am still amazed by this little girl. When we brought Jada home, we had less than a day to prepare. Somehow, though, I believe the Lord had been preparing us for this sweet girl all along. She is a perfect fit for our family, and I love the fierce bond that she and I share.
We decided to give our girl a ladybug party for her first birthday bash. I had so much fun planning all of the red and black and polkadot decorations! I have to say, though, I think her tutu was my favorite ladybug accessory of the day!
We decided to do bag lunches for everybody. We had polkadot bags for the adults and ladybug buckets for the kids - everyone went through and chose what they wanted to put in their "bug lunches" (see the silverware wraps? Jada's face holding them together was one of my favorite things!)
We had ladybug antenna, which were a hit with the adults and kids alike!
Lots of my family (who live in town) were here for the celebration. Ryan's parents even flew down to join the fun.
Jada did a great job with her cake!
For a lot of her party, Jada was very serious - she didn't smile a whole lot (even though I am positive she was happy)! She looked around and cautiously studied all of the people and activity going on around her. Her cake eating experience started the same way. As we all stood around her and sang "Happy Birthday," she looked around, eyeing us cautiously, taking it all in.
She looked at her cake suspiciously, not sure what to do at first . . .
Then she kept eating . . .