Friday, September 19, 2008

One Year Old

Wow! We can hardly believe Julianne has been with us for one whole year! In some ways it seems like we've only had her for a few months and in other ways it seems like she's always been here. We've said it before and we'll say it a million more times, God has blessed us in so many ways through Julianne. We are so truly thankful that she's here with us. She amazes us everyday as she brings joy not only to her family, but to strangers we meet out and about. Its hard to believe that this is the same little girl who was given such a bleak prognosis when she was first diagnosed by the Perinatologist. This year we've had moments of great fear and heartache, but we've had many more moments of joy and celebration. We cherish everyday and try our hardest not to take any of them for granted. We have a daily reminder of the fragility of life. We know she's a miracle and we thank God everyday for how far He's brought her. It's with great joy that we wished our amazing little girl a very happy first birthday today. :)

At one year old some of Julianne's newest tricks and talents include:

Saying dada, mama, hi, dog, no no noooooo and doctor (You might not believe that she says doctor, but she really does! She has a stuffed surgeon that she plays with and we say, "Where's your doctor?" and she grabs him and says "Doctoh!")

She also says a variety of words in Julianne language and tries to repeat almost anything we say

She rolls a ball back and forth to us

Waves as soon as you say "hi" or "bye"

Plays peek-a-boo (with her hands backwards)

Grabs and tries to eat clothes off of the rack at the mall (this one is not allowed :)


She can show you how old she is by holding out one finger

We are so excited to see her progressing!!! Thank you all so very, very much, from the bottom of our hearts for all of your continued prayers, support, love, encouragement and everything else that you've done for us. We are surrounded by wonderful, caring people.

Here are some pictures from today AND a video! Hope you enjoy!

"I'm one? I can't believe it!"

Sweet as sugar in her special birthday dress

6 teeth on the bottom (2 of those are molars)

1 tooth on the top and another one on its way!

Opening her birthday gift (a big sheep)! Ok, is it just me, or does it look like Julianne suddenly grew a lot of hair in this picture? :)


Liz McKowen said...

Dear Jessica,
I can't believe she's already a year old! She looks adorable in her birthday dress, if I do say so myself. But then she's always gorgeous,so how could she look any other way? As soon as I saw that dress, I knew it would be perfect for precious Julianne. I know she has overcome many hurdles, but if it's OK with y'all and God we'll still continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers.:)
On our end, no grandchildren on the horizon yet. We wait in hope while Bonnie and Aaron work, travel, and do young married things. I told Tom by the time they do get here, we'll probably be too old to look at them! (joke)
Please let us know if you need anything, but y'all seem to be doing just fine. God sure knows how to pick 'em when it comes to parents!

Happy 1st, Julianne and Godspeed to many more!

All our love,

Liz & Tom McKowen
Bonnie & Aaron Rader



What an amazing video being being pregnant and all it brought tears to my eyes. She's such an amazing little girl and a amazing blessing from God. Isn't it crazy how quick the first year went. I'm still sitting here and wondering where the first two years of Christian's life went. Well i hope that all is well and that Julianne gets to have her party. It has been such a blessing to share your journey with you. Thanks for including us. Desi

Anonymous said...

Oh my Goodness! What a beautiful girl! I LOVED the opening video. Jessica, you are SO talented. It's great to see how far Julianne had come. Happy 1st Birthday, Julianne...God Bless You!

Cousin Sally Terril

Jessica said...

Yes, Ms. Liz, it is quite ok with us if you continue to keep Julianne in your prayers. :) She is doing great but has more hurdles that she'll need to overcome in the coming years. We ALWAYS welcome prayers whether she's doing awesome or not so awesome. :)

Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Julianne!!!!
Jess, she sooo adorable in her birthday dress!!
I know this has been a year full of emotions for u guys, and I'm so inspired by all 3 of u!! You guys have made amazing parents, and Julianne is very blessed!!!
She is a beautiful baby girl, and I can't wait to see all of her performances in person!!! Miss u guys bunches!!!
Love y'all!!!

The Mason Family said...

Happy 1st Birthday Julianne! Best wishes...

Shannon Mason

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday julianne ! Our hearts overflow with joy as we celebrate you and God's amazing work in and through you! God Bless you, Daddy, and Mommy today, and always! love you little darling! Grandpa and Grammie

Anonymous said...

What a blessed first year you all have had. She is beautiful and really camera friendly!! I love the pictures and videos. We continue to pray for you all and to thank God for the ways that you have ministered to us during this year. God is SO good!


The Butcher Family said...

Happy First Birthday, Julianne!!! You are absolutely adorable in your birthday dress and bow!!! Tell your mommy "thank you" for sharing this special day and your blessed life with us. We love you so much and pray for you every day, pretty girl!
Love and heart hugs~ Rebecca & Scott Butcher

Anonymous said...

I can't believe it's been a year already. She is truly a blessing from above. All the pictures are sooo adorable. But my favorite, I think, is the one with her sunglasses on... : )

Our prayers continue to be that she gets stronger and stronger every day!! We'll look back on this video and compare when she gets married. How awesome will that be!!!

We love you all!!

A. Stac

Anonymous said...

Amazing doesn't even begin to describe the awesome work God has done! Happy Birthday, Julianne! We are so thankful that God has brought you into all of our lives. We LOVE watching your grow!

Love, Judy & Neal Haynes

Anonymous said...

Precious Capertons!

Happy Birthday Little One - What a joy and blessing you are to all who know you and know of you. Jessica and Kent your strength, love and courage encourages all of us.

We love you dearly
Aunt Sarah, Kyle and Frank

Jr, Suzie, Cole, Cruz, and Lindsay Dean said...

Well, I am certainly proud, as are the two of you, of sweet Julianne. She is so strong and happy as can be. Love the video. These girls of ours are sure an inspiration to even us mothers. I only hope that they stay this way as the head towards a happy and glorious life. Love to you all!

Anonymous said...

Amazing... she is such a joy to be around. We love her dearly. Happy 1st Julianne! God bless you all!
Aunt Naomi

Laje Kahr said...

So good that she's progressing well.
My wife and I decided to do clothe diapering, too. Good stuff.

She loves buying all the cute diapers.