We recently had some friends who miscarried, and that brought back a lot of memories for me, not only of when we lost our first baby, but also of how Ethan had a pretty difficult road in getting here. We found out Kara was pregnant when we took her to the hospital in Guatemala because she had pneumonia. Then, lots of medications for that, a couple of months of bedrest and lots of days and nights wondering if he would make it.
Ethan, you don't understand how big of a deal your first birthday is, but your Mom and I are celebrating with very thankful hearts. You mean the world to us.
(Thanks to Christy Swaringen for the picture above, and for taking great 1-year pictures of him.)