Our sweet little two year old. (yes we realize that her pj's are backwards, needed measures.)

Her eyes are incredibly alive with life as she gazes out of their blue, blue depths. A slight change in their shape have a way of telling us what is coming next before she moves or speak; a slight upward slant indicates that she is up to mischief in her little mind  or perfect roundness glimmering with tears showing hurt feelings.

She has fully developed in her ability to tease, especially the older sister, and loves to grab and run. But, with heart is too gentle to carry on for long so most often, the next response is to stop and return whatever was taken.She completely knows that others find her funny and so makes sure not to disappoint by saying funny things or clowning around.

Speaking of gentle, Cecily already shows such concern for others. She will do what she can to sooth away any tears that she sees, whether from Aneliese, her little friend Gretta, or even her mama. If given anything, she always wants to share it with “An-Yease” or make certain that she has hers as well. She is also so eager to help and to please. Yet, she seems to be developing a strong sense of justice early on in life in that she holds her ground. Cecily will give up almost anything if asked well but will not allow things to be taken from her. She clearly expects to be treated kindly.

These past two years have flown by with our little Cecily Jane…she lives up to her name by bring music to our lives! We are incredibly blessed by her little presence and I am excited to watch and encourage her as she walks through life; or perhaps rather as she dances.

Some pictures from Cecily’s day:

What is it?


So happy!

seeing how they work.

and then dropping the dust pan on her toe...

Birthday pancake man.

Getting the cake ready...mostly I think it hilarious how serious all three of us look.

Unsure of being sung happy birthday to but joined by a very excited big sister.

Blowing out her candles!

Honey sweetened blueberry lemon cheesecake...mmm.

It was a low key birthday, starting with our tradition of birthday gift at breakfast and a special birthday crown. We had planned an evening of games and music together but then an unexpected needed trip to the “city” (I don’t know if it can really be called a city but that is what Aneliese calls it) saw us getting home in time to have a quick (and free:) pizza at our favorite little Bistro which was Cecily’s request of the day and then home to enjoy blueberry birthday cake in pj’s just before bed. Low key, but fun for all of us.

Carrying on in giving a gift on our birthday, being that Cecily is still a little young, I chose for her one last time by making a donation to Reece’s Rainbow. If you haven’t heard of them; “The mission of Reece’s Rainbow is to rescue orphans with Down syndrome through the gift of adoption, to raise awareness for all of the children who are waiting in 25 countries around the world, and to raise funds as adoption grants that help adoptive families afford the high cost of adopting these beautiful children.My friend Krista is raising money for a specific little boy, Jakob, and so we were able to give a little towards her goal of $1000 by Christmas for him. She is also doing a give-away towards this.