Wow, what a great post from my hubby a couple weeks ago! What can I say, he’s an amazing husband who is dedicated and faithful to our kids and I. Matt is a man of great character and he loves God with all of his heart. I feel blessed to watch the Lord use him and shape him through this journey we’re on together. And by the way, I should mention that he turned 32 on Wednesday. Happy Birthday Matthew!

Speaking of birthday celebrations, you may have read the invitation in the photo at the top of this post. Our immediate family had a small celebration in honor of Bowen’s first birthday at the beginning of September, but we’ve decided to throw another party for extended family and friends. As part of our “Bowen’s heart” family, you’re invited! I guess we could call it a birthday party, but as you know, it’s so much more than that. It’s a celebration of the miracle that our little boy is still here with us. We hoped deeply and prayed fervently for him to make it this far, and so did you. If possible, we’d love for you to join us for Bowen’s first birthday celebration open house. You can find the details at the bottom of this post.

I also wanted to let you know that Bowen has been doing so well lately. He’s been standing up on his own, trying to talk more, and loving to dance with his big sisters. He especially loves to play DJ and turn the radio up loud. He is such a joy. Sometimes I think I kiss him so much that I’m chapping his cheeks! And his tiny teeth keep coming in…he’s looking like such a little man. I just adore him. I hope that some of you will get to meet him on November 6th!

Here’s the details for those of you who are able to join us for coffee and desserts in celebration of Bowen’s first birthday!

Date: Sunday, November 6th, 2011

Time: 12:00- 5:00pm


W.W. Knight Preserve

29530 White Road

Perrysburg, OH 43551


Gifts are not necessary.