Monday, October 24, 2011

Isabelle Rose

Time goes, you say?  Ah no! Alas, Time stays, we go.
~Henry Austin Dobson

I can hardly believe it has been ten years since I brought my first child home from the hospital. TEN years!?

Dale and I had been married for a little over two years when God began to grow our family. I recall we were young and had just bought our first home. Dale owned a very successful business and life was full of joy and expectation. I can boldly say that nothing equals the joy of becoming a parent. It's indescribable. The anticipation, excitement, and preparation of God's most wondrous gift is incomparable.

"Every good and perfect gift comes from above." James 1:17

This year was a milestone birthday year for Belle, she turned double digits. A milestone year means a  milestone party. The decorations, games, and guest list are quite a bit more elaborate than the typical birthday. Come take a peak at her Cowgirl theme party...

The Invitation

The Decorations
My "Bandana Banner" idea I had at 3am the night before...;-)

The "Chuck Wagon" just waiting for the chuck...

Raspberry, Peach Iced Tea, Lemon Iced Tea, and Fruit Punch powders were ready to add a little flavor to the water at the "Waterin' Hole"

WANTED posters, specific to each party guest, were posted on the trees. Richard's was my favorite. He was wanted for "public urination". The boy can't seem to help himself.

You're not much of a cowboy/girl if you don't have your hat!
The Games
Treasure Hunt: find the snakes, frogs and gems in the grass....

My lil' cowboy

Galloping Horse Sack Race...
LOVE Juliette's wild and crazy hair in this pic! LOL
Galloping Gracie takes the lead and wins by a horse!
Cute little buddies

Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Horse Shoes, Pinata...
Lauren gets a few spins before she makes her way to the poster
The boys cheer on Lauren and Molly as they compete in a game of horse shoes.
Take him down, Belle!

Silly String Shoot Out...

The Farmer in the Dell Is-a-Belle...

Giddy-Up Cowpoke!!

It's time for presents!!

Fire Roasted Chili Dogs
Baked Beans
Corn Bread

Evening hayride through the fields and woods...

 A special thanks to Nana for making the beautiful peanut butter birthday cake...
Make a wish!

My 10 year old girl, always my baby

A Mother's Prayer

I pray you'll be my eyes
And watch her where she goes
And help her to be wise
Help me to let go

Every mother's prayer
Every child knows
Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she'll be safe

I pray she finds your light
And holds it in her heart
As darkness falls each night
Remind her where you are

Every mother's prayer
Every child knows
Need to find a place
Guide her with your grace
Give her faith so she'll be safe

Lead her to a place
Guide her with your grace
To a place where she'll be safe

Celine Dion


clambert11 said...

Absolutely wonderful! Love everything about the party. I will definitely be borrowing those ideas someday!
And yes, Isabelle was in your belly at our wedding, so this 10-year mark is a special year for us, too. Can't believe it's been 10 years! Happy Birthday to Belle - and great job to Mom and Dad!

simple-minded mom said...

This is beautiful!!! Great job Amanda! The song definitely is moving and brings thoughts of my own girls.