In which our Evelynn Joan marks one trip around the sun

One year ago, this happened in my living room.

How have we gone from this:

to this:

in just one short, too-fast year? She’s so little to me, how can she be a year old?


We had a little family party for her over at my mum and dad’s house yesterday. I made the traditional carrot cake and painstakingly iced little stars all over it. She promptly licked all the icing off her piece in about 2.3 seconds.

She is the loveliest girl. So happy, so content, so gentle. She is my wise one, this girl. She loves so deeply. She is in on our jokes, makes little kissy-noises to beg for kisses. She worships Anne and Joe, took her first steps this week, and has never, not once, slept through the night. (I don’t mind….much….)

(The song we chose for Evelynn’s video was suggested by Ashley on my Facebook page. It’s called “I Get To Be The One” by JJ Heller. Loooooved it. Also, RSS subscribers, you may need to click through to watch the video. It’s totally worth it.)

So thankful for Evelynn’s first trip around the sun. She is our radiant life, everything good and beautiful.

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  • Addie Zierman

    Great idea to make a first year video. I cried at yours…possibly because Liam turns one too this Saturday (how??) And also because, strangely, I feel like I know that little girl. Give her kisses from all the internet quasi-strangers who love her!

  • C.C. @ I’m On My Way

    Oh my gosh Sarah! I’m over here crying my eyes out. That song and those pics of Evelynn and her gorgeous eyes and babies grow up too fast and my baby girl is almost 13 and how can than be. <3 <3 <3

  • Bree

    She is so completely sweet! As are all three of your little ones. Beautiful video. :)

  • Cynthia

    A year?? Wow! I can hardly believe it. Happy birthday to sweet little Evelynn.

  • Jenn

    Awww I love it. Those eyes….I haven’t been able to stop listening to that song since she suggested it on your fb page! Happy Birthday Miss Evelynn

  • Kelly @ Love Well

    Oh my goodness, THAT VIDEO. I am sniffing and the tears are welling and I can just feel ever beat of your heart, heavy with love and that bittersweet mama knowledge that we cannot stop time. 

    Happy birthday, Evelynn! You are so beautiful. May God’s richest grace cause you to grow deeper in love and in Him each year. 

  • Laura_InTheBackyard

     Just beautiful.  Happy Birthday, Evelynn! 

  • Emily Wierenga

    aw friend :) this is so tender and beautiful. and i love that song by jj heller… i got to hear her sing it live last year.

  • Heather

    wow, sarah: she’s just gorgeous. love the video. happy birthday, evelynn!

  • Canita

    Lovely :)

  • Stephanie Precourt

    Oh my goodness so beautiful.


  • Louise

    That cake is awesome!

  • Corrie Aw.

    What a lovely baby and a lovely song. My nine-months-old Sarah danced on my lap while we were watching the video. Too soon will be her first birthday.

  • Sarah R

    Happy Birthday Evelynn! You are a joy to watch!

    PS – My son (now 3) didn’t sleep through the night until he was over a year old!  Now that he does, I kind of miss that special quiet time we shared.  I’m due any day with Baby #2 (a girl) so I’m trying to get all the sleep I possibly can now!

  • Kamille Scellick

    definitely worth it, and lovely pick of a song. misty eyes as I think of the little one bouncing around in my womb right now.  Sarah–it’s that hope fulfilled isn’t it? When after losing a baby one had hoped for is taken, but then God in his goodness gives a gift unlike our wildest dreams.  Each child we get to hold and hear those precious words, “mama, mum…daddy!,” priceless.  Your little Evelynn is a gift indeed.  

    P.S. Your Brian and my Ben both have that little nose crease on their bridge and I noticed it in Evelynn’s early pics.  I kind of hope for this baby to have his eyes & bridge:)

  • Jenn

    Happy Birthday to your beautiful Evelynn!

  • Annie

    Your daughter is beautiful =] I also really love that you called her birthday her first trip around the sun! I turn 22 tomorrow and am going to tell people I’ve now taken my 22nd trip around the sun hehe.

  • Jessica

     I share your awe and wonder at how quickly those babies grow! My sweet baby girl turned one this weekend as well :) 

  • eek565

    what a precious girl.  that video just melted my heart.

  • SortaCrunchy

    The video turned out GREAT! (Sob) Happy, Happy (belated) to gorgeous Evelynn.

    (And can I say you are looking HOTT, mama? Sorry to detract from the Evelynn sweetness, but my gosh.)