Friday, January 14, 2011

Jayden's First Year ~ An Enormous Blessing For Me

Jayden's Birthday is the end of this month so you're going to have to bear with me and indulge me here. Over the next few weeks I am going to do a few posts on each year of his life. Here is our first year of enjoying him.

Oh, this boy! We are so Blessed!

Visiting with my Mom in the nursing home:

Growing fast:

Jayden's first Summer enjoying the pool!

Getting some loving from Mommy!

Aunt Ellie and Jayden

Jayden loved crawling through his tunnel!

First Halloween costume:

He loved playing in the wash basket!

Umma can't get enough of this boy!

Something's not right here!

He was such a good baby!

Jayden got to visit Santa twice his first Christmas!

We all got such a kick out of Jayden's antics all the time!


Getting ready to ring in his first New Year!

Jayden was sick for his First Birthday (January 31) and there was so much going on in our family at the time so we put off celebrating for a few weeks. We ended up having a party for him on February 11. My sister Diane and I left the party a little early to be with our Mom who was on hospice care. I slept at the foot of Mom's bed and Diane sat vigil beside her. I am so grateful we were with Mom when she went to Heaven the next day.
I am so grateful for the year that I was able to spend with my Mom and Jayden together. I am so grateful to have been Blessed with this boy at a time in my life when I needed a lifeline.

In the midst of so much sadness, this little boy brought a lot of joy into our lives!

Thank You, God!


  1. Very poignant, Eileen. A year with a new grandson during the same year your mother was leaving this earth. I know death is part of life but I know it was a bitter sweet year for you, my friend.

  2. I have tears in my eyes. What a sweet and loving post, Eileen. And I'm sure that Jayden is thanking God for YOU! What a wonderful grandmother you are to that precious boy. You are both blessed to have each other. I loved each and every picture and each and every word.


    Sheila :-)

  3. Eileen....I will look at these photos again and again. I see the love and absolute joy in each one!! What a beautiful little baby and little boy he is! He is indeed a blessing.....

  4. OH EILEEN- this is ALL so beautiful and heartfelt. I am moved to tears of every emotion.
    Love Gail'

    With Much Love, Diane

  6. This is one special child, Eileen - but I don't have to tell you that! Happy Birthday, J!

  7. Hey you go for it. Indulge all you want because I love it. It was fun seeing pictures of this CUTE baby and feel the love you all have for him. I'm sure you will treasure especially that one of your Mom and him together.

    Fun seeing all his cute outfits too. Looking forward to year #2.

  8. He really is a lovely boy. he looks so happy.

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  9. I tried to pick a favorite was impossible, Eileen...he's just too cute and very photogenic.

  10. Oh Eileen, it is easy to see how Jayden could steal your heart! Those eyes of his are amazing. So beautiful. I love the photo where he has the snowman sweatshirt on but they were all so cute.
    I'll bet his great-grandma was thrilled to meet him! Love Di ♥

  11. What memories to be cherished~ He is indeed a charmer...Have enjoyed his pictures!!! Wishing you a grand day! Cathy

  12. How precious is this little boy. Love every picture and I am happy he helped you though what had to be a rough year, so much love in your home my dear friend and it shows....:-)Hugs