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It’s hard to believe it’s been a full year since we met our sweet Baby James and also said goodbye to him. So much has happened and so much has changed. I gave birth to our third baby just 8 days ago and life is very full. Full of diapers, full of emotions and full of gratefulness. If you had told me on this day last year that I would be holding an 8 day old, healthy baby boy one year later, I wouldn’t have been able to believe it. But here we are, celebrating our sweet baby in heaven while holding a new baby boy in our arms.

It was easy to fall into thinking that we didn’t do enough today… like we should have had a party for James… we should have started more traditions… we should have acknowledged him more. It’s easy to feel like we’re forgetting him because we have a new baby in our lives who needs me every 2-3 hours… but I know in my heart that that isn’t true.

Today may be Baby James’ birthday, but this is not the only day that we celebrate his life and talk about him. We share about him constantly.  Sometimes I tell strangers about him even though I know that it’s a lot for them to hear… but I don’t care. When people asked me if I was pregnant with my first, I never say our second…. even though that would be the easiest thing to say. James’ life is still a part of our lives and will forever be a part of our story that we will share without hesitating.

Today, the four of us went down to visit James’ willow tree on the other side of our property with one balloon for his first birthday. I’m praying this tree lives for decades and I have told Michael we’re never leaving this house because of this tree!!!! :)  It was a sweet day full of the kindest messages from so many friends and family who wanted us to know that they still love and remember our baby.

Baby James…. Happy Birthday sweet boy. You would have been one today and even though our heart ache to have you here… doing all the things little one year olds do…. we rejoice that you are in the place we all ultimately long to be. We love you and we’ll never stop sharing your story.

Read more about Baby James’ story HERE, HERE & HERE!

Thank you Aunt Emy for taking these!!!!

xoxo, Katelyn
12 Comments Baby James, Personal
  1. Angela Harrison reply

    Happy birthday James. I am so glad you celebrated today, for him, for you, for each other and so your other children always have that connection. God Bless

  2. Laurie Haarer reply

    Your love is an inspiration for all of us. Happy Birthday Baby James. You are a beautiful angel looking down on your family spreading God’s love to them. You will always be loved.

  3. Jenna Michelle reply

    Happy First Birthday James! How special you are that thousands of people who’ve never met you love you so much. Thank you for all of the little reminders you’ve given me about what matters most- love! Katelyn, Michael, Evy and Graham, thank you for sharing your sweet James with us!

  4. Nicole Amanda reply

    Happy birthday James! Prayers for all of you, always. The biggest hearts in faith I’ll ever know.

  5. Samantha Crawford reply

    Happy Birthday Sweet Baby James! Prayers to you; Katelyn, Michael, Evy, Graham and Bokeh. Love, peace and contentment for all of you <3

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