Best Days

Sweater (J.Crew, no longer available but similar here: 12 | White Denim (size up) | Sandals (Sole Society, no longer available but similar here: 1234 | Tote | Sunglasses | Silver Bracelets | Pave' Bracelet (Tiffany & Co., no longer available but similar here: 123 | Aya's Outfit | Judah's Outfit

Before anything else....HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Today we are spending ours brunching at The Brown Palace with family and relaxing. I would love to do some gardening but this gross weather has officially made that impossible. I can't complain, I'll be with the one's I love most. 
Speaking of, yesterday we celebrated Ayelet's 1st birthday. Her actual birthday is on May 2nd but we decided to push the party back a week as we had some family traveling who didn't want to miss it. These pictures are from when we took her to a birthday breakfast on her actual birthday. We went to one of our favorite breakfast/brunch spots, Jelly (best mochas ever). We ordered Aya a delicious pancake and she enjoyed every bite, even though it seemed at first that she might sleep through the entire breakfast! 
We snapped these pictures right after breakfast, hence Judah's dirty face and rag-a-muffin clothing. He's a bit of a messy eater. Afterwards we took Sam and Judah to get a new haircut. I love getting Judah's haircut, he always looks like such a little dude afterward.
I cherish that Aya's birthday is so close to Mother's Day. It's such a sweet reminder of just how blessed I am. My husband and my children are by far the greatest blessing that God has given me. I used to struggle with depression quite a bit before I had Judah. I rarely felt joyful. There were a lot of reasons for that, including not knowing my identity in The Lord but God really started healing me from it when I had Judah. Judah was a light in my life unlike anything else I have experienced. I have always called him "my joy" as he is God-given joy. I have struggled with depression at times after having him, healing from it has been a process, but God has walked me through it and my children have been instrumental to that process. It amazes me how God uses various things, circumstance and people to grow us. Almost two years ago this month I miscarried with my second pregnancy. I know that she was a girl. To say I was devastated is a vast understatement. Aya was born just shy of one year later. I have always called her "my hope". It is one of the reasons we named her Ayelet. Ayelet is a term that is used for the morning star in Israel. I have always associated mornings, and specifically the first light of the morning and the morning stars with hope from The Lord so when I found out that I was pregnant with another girl...I knew what her name would be. Having a newborn baby girl to hold that first Mother's Day after my loss was incredible. God's timing in giving us Aya could not have been more perfect. I can't imagine going through the anniversary of losing my first daughter without having Aya. My sorrow was truly turned into gladness. I was reminded that there is always hope and even in the midst of loss and suffering, there is
So, Happy Birthday to my sweet Ayelet. Thank your for your sweet spirit and your love. 
Thank you Lord for making me a mother and blessing me with the sweet gifts that are my children...reminders of your love for me. 
Happy Mother's Day to all of you mothers reading this. Cherish your children and enjoy the unique people they are. God will use them to do incredible things in your life and in the lives of others. Don't miss it. Nourish those things. Help grow and develop them. After all, we are stewards of our children meant to care for them as they develop into the people God created them to be. 
Wow are we blessed.