Wednesday, November 19, 2008

One Year

November 19, 2007

Jason holding Zach for the first time.

This pic is when I first really laid eyes on Zach. Indescribable!

It's amazing what can happen in one year. Wow! A few things I've learned...

*When I have a bad day, it hits me that I have a healthy beautiful son, and my day turns completely around.

*I love that Zach looks exactly like Jason...even though I will continue to point out features I think are from me.

*Zach has taught me in a refreshing way that family comes first.

*I never thought I could live on sleeping six hours again at night and get used to it.

*I am more in love with Jason than I have ever been. However, this did not come without a price. Having Zach was one of the most wonderful and hardest things for us. We have grown so much closer because of him.

*Cuddling with Zach is one of my favorite things to do.

*I have more compassion and understanding for new moms. All we need is encouragement!

*I love to hear Zach laugh. It's music to my ears!

*I've learned more about GOD's abundant grace.

*Recently I told Jason that I'm still trying to find the "me in motherhood" meaning that I desire to be all GOD wants me to be as a mama to Zach without losing myself or my personality in the process. Just like when I married Jason, I was suddenly "Jason's wife" but I was still Katie. I want my identity to be in Christ alone, not who I am married to or who my kids are. Make sense!? Anyway, Jason laughed and said, "Katie, there is no ME in motherhood." I had to laugh because of the way it sounded. I couldn't agree with him more!

November 19, 2008

HAPPY FIRST BIRTHDAY, my little man!! I am so glad GOD gave you to us!


ashley said...

Happy Birthday Zach!!! I cannot believe how quickly this year has gone by. You are such a blessing to your family and all those who have gotten to know you. Miss you stud muffin!

the osbornes said...

Happy Birthday Zach!! This is a great post Katie. Love it!

walkers said...

so precious-all three of you. and great sentiments. my heart aches because I so wish we could raise our boys together- I know they would be besties. love you sweet friend.

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The Bunch Fam! said...

Happy Birthday Zach! Katie, he looks more like Jason in that picture than in any I have seen. Ben needs those shoes!

Robyn said...

this is such a sweet post! thanks for sharing things from your heart about this first year of your boy's life. it is clear you are a great mama and really delight in it all. i rejoice with you as you celebrate God's goodness in your family. Love,

Mer said...

Happy happy happy birthday ZACH!!!!!!!! Wowsers... I know mommy and daddy are glad it's a year later! It just gets so much easier!
I can't wait to see you next week!

Jennifer said...

Such a sweet post, Katie! Happy Birthday Zach!

Andrew said...

The party was fun last night.

Angie said...

Happy Birthday to Zach!! He is such a cutie!!

Kelly said...

I am so sorry that I missed this post on Zach's actual birthday. :(
Happy belated FIRST Birthday Zach. And congrats to you and Jason for making it through your first year of parenthood. :)
It is crazy how fast the time flies by us once we have little ones.
I can relate so much to you in trying to find the "me" in Motherhood. It is so hard to become "so & so's wife" and "so & so's Mom" instead of just YOU. Though to be truthful there are times being "so & so's wife and or Mom" is music to the ears.

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

Ah, what a sweet post! I love what you said about what you have learned as a mom, and COMPLETELY relate to what you wrote last. (About wanting to be a great mom, but still keep who you are.) This is still something I am working on, even after eleven years of being a mom! I love how you compared it to being a wife, but still being you, as well as remembering our identity is found in Christ! I love it, and it is so encouraging! :)

Congratulations on your first year of motherhood, and happy birthday to Zach! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now I'm off to bake that pumpkin pie...

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