Posted (jooosh) in All Posts on July-24-2008

Wow…365 366 days….52 weeks…12 months…1 year.

What a year it’s been. I am in absolute awe of what God has done and what He continues to do through this sweet amazing girl. We have witnessed so many miracles along the way and so many lives impacted by Ella’s testimony.

Yes, today is Ella’s official birthday, but we’re planning to celebrate it this Sunday. My mom is coming into town tomorrow, and Tina’s dad will be around to enjoy it with us.

Ella has come a long way, but she has a very long road ahead. There are many foundational milestones that she still needs to achieve, and quite honestly, some days it is very difficult to look at how far she needs to go to catch up.

We spotted a rainbow outside of our window today. Just another gentle reminder to continue to trust in Him, rest in Him, and rely on Him.

Thank you Jesus for Ella Renae!

Heavenly Father, thank you for bringing us to this place. This place of celebrating Ella’s life…which was absolutely no accident. You knew about her before the beginning of time. You ordained everything she has experienced, and we trust in your perfect will for her life. Lord, continue to make her strong. Guide her life so that she would be glorifying to you. You are an awesome God, worthy of our praise. Thank you Lord…Amen.

Chambers Family on July 24th, 2008 at 11:38 pm #

HaPPy BiRthDAy! One year of precious life and many more to follow. You are a sweet miracle Ella and bless us with your smiles every day! Thanks – Looking forward to celebrating the milestones ahead. I promise!!! Kindergarten will be a measure of growth. She will be doing all the things a normal five year old will be doing!

Adrienne (Melissa's sister) on July 25th, 2008 at 12:46 am #

I have been thinking of Ella all day and when I checked the site – I was so touched because since we’re in Denver right now, WE SAW THE SAME RAINBOW. So cool that although we couldn’t celebrate the day with you in person – still cool to get to share that. Love the picture of Josh and Ella —- the resemblance is uncanny!

Jennifer on July 25th, 2008 at 4:00 am #

Happy Birthday Ella! What a superstar you are! I send lots of love from Texas. I feel honored to “know” you and your family!

tamara tessmer on July 25th, 2008 at 4:53 am #

Hi Miss Ella. We have been thinking about you all day and we just wanted to wish you a very Happy Birthday. God is so good isn’t he. Tina and Josh, thank you again for sharing this journey. Your family continues to minister to us daily. Miss you all and hopefully one day, we will all get together again.

The Lee Family on July 25th, 2008 at 5:30 am #

Our entire family just finished singing Happy Birthday to baby Ella’s picture. It is probably a good thing we can’t send sound through e-mail. =)

We are celebrating this milestone with you!

Many blessings in year two!

Zandra on July 25th, 2008 at 6:13 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!! You and your parents are such an inspiration to so many!! You are truly a miracle!!

Zandra and Emaline Morris

Cindy Maneely on July 25th, 2008 at 6:21 am #


I’ve never met you, but through God’s amazing ways I stumbled across your parent’s website! The first time I read about you, I realized we share a birthday – I hope yours was wonderful. Your parents have been amazing witnesses for God. Thank you for keeping me focused on our Amazing God and all that He does in our lives daily.
God Bless You,


LoriAnn & The Gang on July 25th, 2008 at 7:04 am #

Hey, you missed one day; it was leap year this year, so it’s been 366 days of wonderfulness with the Bun. Your posts come from the night before, so I got confused on which day to say happy birthday, sooooo
Enjoy your party of grandparents and your parents. Hope your receive lots of love and attention, not to mention some great gifts!
From your fans in Washington,
The Kuhn Family

The Roberts Family on July 25th, 2008 at 7:36 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!! Our family has made it a daily ritual to check in and see how you are doing! Our children pray for you and your parents often. We look forward to seeing what you accomplish next, with the Lord’s help and grace! Have a wonderful day, Ella!!

Mollie Rosing on July 25th, 2008 at 7:41 am #

Happy 1st Birthday Ella Bun! What a blessing and gift you truly are. Have a great celebration on Sunday with your family. All our love,
The Rosings

DEANNA on July 25th, 2008 at 7:53 am #


Rainey Family on July 25th, 2008 at 9:12 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!! You are an amazing little girl. We check in every night to see how you are doing, and we continue to pray for you and your Mom and Dad. We hope you have a wonderful birthday celebration this weekend with your Grandma and Grandpa!

Kara on July 25th, 2008 at 9:14 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!!!!!

Cliff, Diane and Sonic Blue on July 25th, 2008 at 9:24 am #

Uncle Cliff, Aunt Diane, and Cuz Sonic

Grandma on July 25th, 2008 at 9:52 am #

Happy birthday my sweet bunalishous
I can hardly wait to see you tomarrow I am so excited. I am bringing pictuers of your Daddy when he was your age you are clones of each other
Looking forward to celabrating your birthday with you and your Grandpa and Mom and Dad. Lots of love Grand ma West

Your friends at Dr Richard Wallace's office on July 25th, 2008 at 10:20 am #

Happy Birthday, Ella!!!!
We are so very happy that you have blessed us all with your first year!!!
Keep up the great work, mom and dad!!!
We are thinking of you all often!

Michelle Herman on July 25th, 2008 at 10:26 am #

Happy Birthday Ella!!! So thrilled to see you hit this milestone looking so happy! … and beautifully dressed as well!

Kim & Brian Brennan on July 25th, 2008 at 1:15 pm #

Happy Birthday Little Ella! We haved watched you navigate life with a smile on your face and a twinkle in your eyes. You are such an inspiration to all who have been touched by your short presence on the earth. Stay strong and keep your Mommy and Daddy in line. Hugs to you all. Love Kim and Brian

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on July 25th, 2008 at 2:10 pm #

Happy Birthday!!!! (on your Birthday this time) from all of us.

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. “And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.
Matthew 18: 1-5

Joel Snyder on July 25th, 2008 at 3:36 pm #

Ella, I hope you had fun on your Birthday and I know you will be having fun with your Grandma. I am going to work for a little while tonight and I am planning on seeing you on Sunday. Have a great day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Love,Grandpa!!!

Melanie & Tim Hennessy on July 25th, 2008 at 6:53 pm #

Happy Birthday, Ella! We have followed your story for some time and we are so proud of how far you have come. May God’s blessings continue to shower you and your parents. God bless!

Laura Marold on July 25th, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

I can’t believe it! Please eat an extra piece of birthday cake and give Ella a big snuggle for me. A kiss and a hug to you too, Tina and Josh. Love, Laura M.

Jim and Char Jordan on July 25th, 2008 at 8:55 pm #

Best Birthday Wishes. We love you and that dress is the most beautiful dress you have birthday girl! LOVE, Aunt Char and Jim

Brian and Angela Rowe on July 25th, 2008 at 9:05 pm #


What a blessing your first year has been for all of us. The ups were ups and the downs were down but through it all we got to see our great God at work and see the print of His hand daily in your little life!! You are a picture of His grace and His breath taking handi work…So heres to you on your great day. Happy celebration to your amazing life!!
Love the Rowe Family(brian angela andrew emily and morgan)

Pat & Bob Hadden on July 25th, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

Happy Birthday Ella. Of course you’re a miracle girl. Just look at your parents. They are each a miracle too. Much love, Pat & Bob

Kevin & Sara Allen on July 25th, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

Happy Birthday to you, Ella. You are simply adorable! What a year and this is just the beginning. We rejoice with you on how far Ella has come and pray with you for the many miles you will cover this next year. God is good. Love, K & S

Jang on July 26th, 2008 at 7:48 am #

God bless you. Mama Mary loves you. HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY ELLA!

the Lizotte family on July 26th, 2008 at 11:16 am #

Happy birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you. You love little monkeys and your dad is one too!
xoxo… I’m just kidding… Your daddy is gret!

Aida on July 26th, 2008 at 1:42 pm #


Nancy Mitchell on July 26th, 2008 at 6:51 pm #

Happy Birthday to a miracle child. May you always know that you are a daughter of the King and be in His loving arms all the days of your life.

Tracy Schultz on July 26th, 2008 at 10:26 pm #

Many happy returns on her birthday! I hope the day was just wonderful!
The Schultz family

Alicia on July 28th, 2008 at 9:15 pm #

Happy 1st Birthday Ella!!!!

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