My Baby Is 1!

How can it be? One year already? No one ever says that motherhood is the hardest thing in the world. It is. Way harder than being only a wife. But the rewards of motherhood are exponentially greater than the challenges, trials, lost sleep, tears and feelings of failure.

God has shown me so much about myself in the last year. How similar I am to my baby. How much I need Him. How much my soul cries for Him. How much I trust Him. How little I do. How stubborn I am. How my heart tends toward rebellion. Yet He loves me. Even more than I love my child. That is incomprehensible love.


Our little miracle – Ridley McCheyne – born January 13, 2009

“…I (God) said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’” Ezekiel 16:6

How thankful I am that God said to me, “Live.”

He grows me.  He matures me. In His time. Not mine.


It’s unbelievable how much Ridley has changed over the course of one year.  He’s so mobile and inquisitive.  I call him “Curious George.”

How much have I grown spiritually in this last year?  Is my growth unbelievable or is it just so-so?


This little man brightens my day every day.  His smile is contagious.  SO contagious.

He pushes me to know God more.

Because without Him, I can’t do anything.

Now, onto another year of growth, challenges, blessings and trials.

And many, many more smiles!

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  1. Happy Bithday, Little Man! He is so precious! I loved looking at him month by month. 🙂 Gracie will be turning two in just a few months, but I can still remember the day she turned one…There were a few tears, as I wondered where the last year could have gone, but there were also lots and lots of smiles as I looked back on the most beautiful year of my life! I know you’ll have a wonderful day with him today!
    .-= Christina´s last blog ..Day 165… =-.

  2. Love the month pictures! What a great idea! You will look back in 18 years and be so happy you did that. Speaking from experience, I wish I would have done a little more.
    Happy Birthday Ridley!
    .-= Liz@HoosierHomemade´s last blog ..Power of 3 =-.

  3. Happy Birthday sweet little man! I can’t believe he’s already a year old!! I know this year is going to pass so fast and Lily will be 1 before we know it. Thanks for sharing this. It meant a lot to me today! 🙂
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..WW: Meeting Memaw =-.

  4. Happy Birthday to Ridley!!! He’s sooo adorable, and in practically every picture I see of him he’s grinning! what a happy little boy 🙂

  5. Awww my baby is turning one in just a few weeks. I loved your comparisons from being a mother to our Father in heaven. Of all I’ve learned that has also been my biggest thing to come away with.
    He looks ADORABLE in that knit cap!

  6. How precious you and Ridley are to me! Joshua and I enjoyed seeing the month-by-month collage! What a special birthday post–I’m with Kelly–it means a lot to me today! Love you.

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