Now at age 13...
(recent photos courtesy of Mariano Friginal)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Austin! We love our sweet, hard-working, inventive, humerous, strong, and sometimes wild and crazy first-born son! We pray that you would continue to grow into a young man after God's own heart and would live passionately for Him.
~I cannot believe that 13 years have gone by since Randy and I first became parents. We were so young and scared and had absolutely no idea what lay ahead of us. But what a gift God gave to us that day as we held our Austin William for the first time. The Lord has taught us many things through all of our children but most of all through our first-born son. And we are slow learners- as we still have SO much more to learn. Praise Him that His mercies are new EVERY morning!
A few pictures from the weekend...
Austin chose to have a friend-party this year, so he invited a few friends to come climbing with him over at Yosemite fitness. He loves climbing and this seemed like the perfect idea for a party!
Afterwards I and the rest of our crew met them for pizza across the street. Yum!
You don't have to have a ton of people to have fun- Austin chose his 3 best friends and of course the brothers were there.
We didn't plan a big family party this year because we already had the other plans, but on Saturday when we celebrated cousin Noah's birthday, Auntie was sweet enough to put 13 candles on the cake and let Austin join in on the celebration.
Noah wasn't quite sure about it.
Seriously though, these two are quite the pair. They seem a lot alike to me. Austin loves his little cousin Noah and is usually a good helper and friend to him. And Noah is always wanting Austin to play with him as well. Most of the time when we get together with the cousins these two end up together. They are hillarious. They crack me up...
A few more just for fun
Cousin Lauren is super good with Elliana. She was giggling-not crying- in this picture.
We are thankful for family to celebrate fun memories with!