Posted (Tina) in All Posts on July-26-2008

Grandma West went a bit crazy today and bought party favors, so that we can celebrate in style tomorrow. It should be fun. Hopefully, Ella will be in a good mood.

The highlight of the day was having visitors from the south. Yes, Barb & Pat Dirrim visited us today. They live in Atlanta, but were visiting family in Denver this weekend. They have been following Ella’s progress since she was born. Although we had never met in person before, they emailed and asked if they could come and meet Ella. Well, of course!

It sure is fun to meet people face-to-face that have been following our journey. We had a nice visit and they showered us with birthday gifts for the Bun. One gift was an outfit that I think Ella might need to wear tomorrow. Barb took a simple pant and t-shirt combination, but embroidered the shirt with “the bun is one”. Too cute!

We simply added their gifts to our ever-growing pile of cards and gifts for the birthday celebration tomorrow (thank you everyone for your love for Ella on her first birthday!). Before the Dirrims left, we ended in prayer which was awesome. It is so nice to have an instant connection with people based on your shared faith in Christ.

We’re looking forward to tomorrow and seeing what the Bun does when she is crowned princess and has a lick of cake and ice cream! Although this celebration has to be small and simple, it can be Ella’s first introduction to many future parties that will occur once she gets older and healthier: Ellabrations!

Ella is getting her beauty sleep right now, so that she is ready to party!

Joel Snyder on July 26th, 2008 at 11:26 pm #

Ella, What a treat to have visitors that have been following you since the beginning. It sounds like Grandma is ready to party and I know I am. I will see you around 2P.M. Sleep tight so that we can have a bunch of fun with the “BUN”. Love,Grandpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Laura Blackwell on July 27th, 2008 at 12:26 am #

Happy Birthday Princess Ella! Can’t wait to see those pictures. Expect something from us for your time capsule.

Johnny and Mary Lou Brantley on July 27th, 2008 at 3:45 am #

Josh, Tina, and Ella,

We are so excited that Ella has had her 1st birthday. She is so precious and looks very healthy. We check on her every morning when we get up.
Jordan is having her 1st on Friday and the celebration on Saturday. We are very excited and so very thankful and grateful.
We will miss seeing you all in Gainesville when we go for her check-up but are so happy you are back at home.
We are so amazed every day seeing what God has done in the lives of all of these CDH babies. We are praying for Ella to grow stronger each day.
We hope you have a great birthday celebration!!!!
Love, Johnny and Mary Lou

loren on July 27th, 2008 at 7:49 am #

Happy bday Ella. Do i still have time to send something?

Jennifer Harris on July 28th, 2008 at 8:02 am #

Happy birthday beautiful Ella. The angels are watching over you and our prayers are with you. GOD will continue bless you as you grow stronger every day.

Tracy Schultz on July 28th, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

Yeah! I’m so glad the Dirrims got to visit with you. They were so excited to get to see the Bun in person!
My husband and I are heading to Denver in October so maybe we can stop by also!

Happy Birthday Ella!! You are a beautiful, strong, little girl! Use those qualities to further the Kingdom!! :0)
The Schultz Family

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