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July 5th | david, events, family



david turned {8} on the fourth of july!

my little sweetheart is eight.years.old. whaaat?!

i can hardly believe it was eight years ago

when steve and i was held each other on my hospital bed,

crying, feeling hopeless.

believing our lives were over.

little did we know, our lives had just BEGUN!




when david came to us, he brought more smiles than tears.

more laughter than heartache.

more togetherness than loneliness.

far more joy than pain.




we had cousins, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas and a few friends

help us celebrate.

we ate pizza, opened presents,

colored pictures, sang and ate cupcakes.




there was lots of snuggling and hugs and kissing.

and just being thankful.

thankful that God has given us such a sweet boy.

with a determined and silly spirit.




david, every day you teach me how to love

and what makes a person valuable.

we love you, david!

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  1. Chrissie says:

    happy birthday, kiddo! We adore our Yankee Doodle David

  2. Amy says:

    It looks like it was a wonderful day! Happy Birthday David!

  3. Cardoso says:

    Happy Birthday, David!!!
    Lisa, your last words (David who teach, how to love) are very, very important…
    Your blog is like a sunny day everyday, I’m so happy, that I find it….
    And photos… wonderful!

  4. angelina says:

    lisa you guys are incredible. happy birthday david!! xxx

  5. Kathryn says:

    Sounds like it was a wonderful day, beautiful post.

  6. amy says:

    Happy Birthday to David!
    And how ironic that you say you felt like your life was over but it was just beginning and he was born on Independence Day! Love that! And looks like a great party!

  7. Desiree says:

    sounds like you guys had a wonderful birthday celebration! Happy Birthday David, may God continue to bless you and your family for many years :)

  8. tara says:

    how sweet! happy 8th birthday david!!!

  9. to the sweetest boy, HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAVID!!!!

  10. Tiffany Day says:

    Hi Lisa!!

    Happy Birthday to your big boy – such a sweet face!! Hey, any cupcakes left? :)

    hope you have a great week!


  11. Margie Brown says:

    That is so sweet Lisa! Brought tears to my eyes! :)

  12. Awww Happy Times! What a great day for him to have a birthday!!!

  13. christine says:

    What a joyful celebration… loved the paper plates – where did you get them? isn’t it amazing when we learn difficult situations can bring us joy?
    I had a very hard time when my daughter was diagnosed with Stargardt’s (juvenile macular degeneration) at 15 years old. She will be turning 33 this Saturday – leads a very active life – with limited vision… she’ll be taking the Calif Bar Exam at the end of this month – and will work on advocating for special needs clients at a law firm in Berkeley…
    Enjoy your boys! did you get more packing done?

  14. Southern Gal says:

    Looks like a great time was had by all. What a wonderful way to celebrate his life!

  15. Jennifer Fast says:

    Time flies when your having fun hey? Happy Belated Birthday David! Hope you guys had a great day…..looks like you did! When is David’s surgery??

    Take care,

  16. happy birthday, david!

  17. Joanie says:

    Oh, precious. Lisa, you have the beautiful touch. In your writing, in your jewelry creations, in your photography and in your (new!!!!) home. That was so lovely about Sweet David. Happy Birthday, David!!!

  18. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday David! Thank you Lisa for sharing his story and your family! You are an amazing woman and family!

  19. Destiny D says:

    Happy Birthday David. Thank you for being born!

  20. rhea says:

    happy birthday david!!!!! you are one loved 8 year old!!!

  21. julie says:

    Beautiful… Happy 8 David!

  22. Philippa says:

    Hi Lisa, it looks like you had a wonderful time. How precious to be celebrating your lovely David’s birthday with all that family! Bless your hearts, may David have a wonderful birthday year!! Love and smiles

  23. Lisa McGriff says:

    Happy Birthday to a very special 8 year old!! Also, a great big THANK YOU for my new necklace… My puppies names with two little paw prints, it is perfect!!! My second Lisa Leonard necklace and I love it love it love it!

  24. Nancy Lefko says:

    Beautiful post…wonderful pictures…Happy Birthday David!!

  25. Cheryl says:

    So happy for you!

  26. happy birthday big boy! i miss you and need to get a good snuggle form you soon!

    lisa – we’re doing a monkey party for si – did you get your plates from target? love them!

  27. Kelly H-Y says:

    Happy 8th, David (my son is about to turn 8 in a couple days too!). This post positively warmed my heart.

  28. Noelle White says:

    It is so strange how I have never met you…..yet here I sit with tears of joy streaming down my face. Happy Birthday David, if you only knew how many people love you! Your mommy has an built an army of love with her blog.

  29. Robbin says:

    Was thinking about you all on the 4th, remembering it was David’s birthday and trying to fathom the fact that he is 8 years old. So glad you had such a nice time with family and friends. Loving the pictures you post, especially of your family. Thanks for sharing. love and hugs

  30. Patty S says:

    happy birthday! god bless! he is an angel.
    xo, patty

  31. Christi says:

    oh they grow up so fast! you blink and they are 8! Or 9 and 4 in my case!
    Happy Birthday David!!

  32. Deni says:

    Happy Birthday David – 8 WOW! Time just flies by – I pop by the blog as often as i can, its such an inspiration. Haven’t blogged on my personal blog for some time now, been busy with the business blog, and tend to put a lot of our family stuff there too. Hope you are all doing well :) all the best, Deni P.S. I’m wearing my chain daily, love it! Thanks again soooo much

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