Friday, January 07, 2011

Happy Birthday, Three Year Olds!

Three years ago at this moment, I was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit with Katie and Emma, who were 1 hour and 5 minutes and one hour and 6 minutes old. They were hooked up to every imaginable machine. The nurses and doctors were rushing around ministering to all of their needs. They weighed 2 pounds 15 ounces and 3 pounds 5 ounces. They put oxygen on Emma, the smaller one, which she ripped out the next morning - they never put it back in.

The miracle of their births has been well chornicled here, but I never tire of telling the story of all of our blogging friends around the world who prayed them into healthy life - truly. Many of you have watched their progress for the past three years. It has been so much fun watching them develop and grow.

We are not celebrating today - they are not really aware of their birthday, and it's so close to Christmas (plus a couple other reasons) that we decided to wait a couple more weeks to celebrate. They need NOTHING. They were showered with toys and clothes the past two weeks. We're running out of room in both houses.

For your enjoyment and refreshing of your memories, or if you're a new reader, for your information, I am posting these chosen pictures.

This is the first picture the nurses took of them together out of their little incubators. I love it so much.

I loved holding them and feeding them together --

Best buddies, consolation

First birthday portraits

Second birthday party - Noah's Ark theme - 2 turning 2

Reading their new books

Current adventures

Have a great week-end!


Needled Mom said...

Happy, happy birthday to the girls. Those three years have really gone by in a hurry. It seems like only yesterday they were little. It has been a remarkable story.

I am sure it will be a WONDERFUL celebration in a few weeks.

Glenda said...

Beautiful little miracles!! I love those first pics, too! A picture IS worth a thousand words!

Beth said...

Happy Birthday!!

nancygrayce said...

I do well remember praying for those two before they were even born. That is has been three years is so incredible! I know they will have a very happy birthday!!! They are blessed with wonderful grandparents!

Linda said...

Happy Birthday precious girls!!
I can't tell you what an encouragement watching them grow strong and healthy has been to me. They are darling miracles and a testimony of answered prayer.

Thank you for all the pictures Dawn. Praying His blessing on all of you.

Laurie in Ca. said...

They are growing up beautifully Dawn and I know they make your heart overflow with pride. I love the pictures you posted and they are just adorable. We love our little girls don't we? Hope all is going well in your family and we will have to catch up in email. Love you.

Love and Hugs, Laurie

nannykim said...

Wow, It really does seem impossible that it has been 3 years!! UNBELIEVable!!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday to the twins. I remember when the twins were born. They are such miracles!

God bless you and your family!

Diane said...

They continue to bless! What a miracle they truly are! It is a REMARKABLE story of God's power! I remember praying for them when they were still in the womb...remember how desperate it seemed...and will never forget the miracle God performed! Your photo journal is a beautiful reminder of how God touched their lives IN THE WOMB!!!!!

Happy Birthday to two little MIRACLES!

:) Diane

Susan said...

Enjoyed the walk down memory lane. SOOOO precious!!!

Sammy said...

They are becoming such beautiful girls. Happy Birthday Emma and Kate! I absolutely remember when they were born. I can't believe it's been 3 years.

Hope you're all doing well.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Awwwwwwwwwww, Dawn, this was such a warming to the soul kinda post. It seems so unimaginable that they turned three already!!! They're both miracle babies!! Now miracle toddlers. You're all so very blessed.

And, a belated Happy Birthday to the sweet girlies!!!!!! I missed the special day because of the week in H E L....well, courtroom crapola.

Tiffany said...

What wonderful little miracles! Happy Birthday beautiful little ladies!

grammy said...

Happy BD to the sweet girls (o:
I love the pictures and especially how they do so much alike (o: Sliding (or trying to) down the drain is so cute.
Are they all still at your house? Stay well and have a great week. It is suppose to get colder again tomorrow. Like 0... yikes

Linds said...

They are so grown up now! And waiting a little while to celebrate is an excellent idea. They look perfectly content right now!

Izzy, Emmy 'N Alexander said...

WOW!! Happy, Happy, HAPPY, Birthday to the sweeties! I can't believe they are THREE! Amazing how the time is flying. Love to all!

PEA said...

Good gosh, they're 3 years old already?!! It seems like only last week they were born:-) I so enjoyed seeing pictures from their birth until now once again, they've grown so much and truly are little miracles. I can understand waiting to celebrate their birthdays this time. Please know my prayers are with all of you during this stressful time.

They look so sweet playing outside in the snow:-) Had to laugh at the picture of them sitting on the drain pipe, Shawn used to do the same thing when he was that age!

Now that the older girls are back in school and all the holiday rush is over, I hope you're able to find some time to relax:-) xoxo

Christa said...

What a Blessing!!!!

Maine Mom said...

I hope Katie and Emma have fun celebrating their birthday! I am so happy that you have kept in touch through your blog, so we can watch these cute girls grow. :-)