His First Trip Around the Sun

February 23, 2012

He is 1. My son, my babe, my love has made his first trip around the sun.

Landon, you will never know how much I love you. Putting into words how much joy you have brought to us is not possible, but hopefully you will one day hold a child of your own and know the sweetness that they bring. 

You have grown oh so much, and as you prepare to take that first step I want you to know that I never imagined just what kind of an independent, sweet, determined child you would be. Your life is full, even at just 12 months of age. You dive head first into everything you do, and your attention never wavers from what you want. 

You have the love, attention and devotion of two of the kindest souls in your brothers. They would do anything for you, and if there is one thing I am glad that I got a chance to see and experience, it is how much being big brothers has meant to them. They would guard you with their lives, and they would (and have) give you everything.

The losses that came before you were painful, but I am grateful to be holding you in my arms every night as you drift to sleep. I was one of the lucky ones, for my prayers were answered when you came into this world. I called you my healer, and you have lived up to the name. You have healed the wounds of sadness and grief in such a powerful way, and your smile reminds me that I have been more blessed than I am sure that I ever deserved.

I have so many hopes for you, many of which I will never reveal for your life is your own to make. As your mother, all that I will say is that I pray your life is filled with as much joy as you have already given. Never lose sight of who you are, never give in to fit in, but make strides in this world to stand out. Life is short my sweet boy, that you can be sure of. Live it, dream it, embrace it and hang on with all of your strength. Whatever you do, enjoy it. Whoever you love, show it, and whatever you dream, live it. 

I love you, forever.

To all of you, my dear friends, you helped bring Landon into this world with your prayers for him when times were rough. I will never forget that, you can be sure. Every comment, email, phone call I wrote down or printed out for him to see. What an amazing gift to have been lifted up in love by so many. Thank you.

{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

Kate February 23, 2012 at 6:20 am

Heather-such beautiful thoughts on a special day. i hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating.


Heather February 24, 2012 at 9:01 am

Thank you Kate, we really did. It was quiet and perfect.


Francesca B. February 23, 2012 at 7:07 am

Happy 1st birthday, dear Landon!
May your life be always filled with love as it is right now…


Gerri February 23, 2012 at 7:08 am

Heather, Thank you for sharing love through this blog…

Happy BIRTHday to you both… 😉


Nina - tabiboo February 23, 2012 at 7:17 am

My word – a whole year……I love that saying – around the sun.

Happy birthday young man – may all your wishes come true.

Nina xxxxx


kyndale February 23, 2012 at 8:33 am

happy, happy birthday both of you!!! ♥


Anna February 23, 2012 at 8:45 am

Hard to believe it’s been a year already. Congratulations on a beautiful first year and wishing you all many many more years of joy and love.


Jules February 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

YAY! So very happy for you little Landon. You have the kindest, sweetest Mama in the world and you are one lucky lad. Here is to many more years of happiness for you all.

Love you.


a little crafty nest February 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

Oh sweet mama, This is truly beautiful. Your littlest love will be comforted by these words many, many times in his life. A lucky boy, indeed. Oh, and what a sweetheart ~ boy, he IS lovely!!! I found you afer all your heartache, I think, though I appreciate you sharing that here today. Yes, what a wonderful day it is today. Many hugs:)
xo Jules


Meryl February 23, 2012 at 11:05 am

Beautiful baby, beautiful post–happy birthday Landon!


Stephinie February 23, 2012 at 1:38 pm

a very happy {birth}day to you both….. xo


Melinda Taylor Kelly February 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm

WOW! Already it has been a year! What an amazing journey I know it has been! What a year! I hope Landon’s next year is filled with many more amazing first’s! Happy Birthday Landon!
And hugs to his Mama, who I am sure is asking how did all go so fast!


Michele February 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Happy Birthday Landon! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! Love,light,& blessings to you and your wonderful family.


Noell February 23, 2012 at 8:11 pm

1 already?! Happy Birthday to Landon and his sweet mama! What a beautiful letter!


sherene February 23, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Happy Birthday to you and your beautiful boy!
As I feel this little one pouncing and tickling inside me, I know he is a gift from his sister. A sacrifice she and I made, on behalf of his precious little soul. I cannot wait to see his face.


Emmalina February 24, 2012 at 11:51 am

This brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful and wonderful xxx


geek+nerd February 24, 2012 at 9:32 pm

Happy birthday, dear, sweet Landon! Who wouldn’t be healed – with a smile like that?


Adrie February 25, 2012 at 12:26 am

Oh happy birthday to Langdon, and to you, Heather! Holding my own healer in my lap as I type. Little L is so beautiful. 🙂


Margaret Bloom February 25, 2012 at 8:03 am

A beautiful post full of such love… thank you for sharing your words. Happy (slightly belated) birthday to both you and Landon…


Nicola February 29, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I cannot believe he is 1 already. Oh my goodness, what a cutie and what an incredible post for him. You made me cry.


Brooke Gustafson March 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm

oh, the time flies so fast! I myself am amazed at my own kids growing older.
Happy birthday little guy! You are one lucky boy to have a mama who is so perfect for you!


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