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Happy Birthday

May 9, 2008

Our dear friend Yvonne is a true Jill-of-all-trades: a self-taught artist, manager of many businesses, and tradesperson of many stripes. A couple of months ago, she painted the above canvas, inspired by a photo from the blog (thanks, Yvonne, for leaving out the ubiquitous pacifier). It is technically stunning, and personally precious, especially as she’s represented Will as a dove (“sitting by Ella’s shoulder, whispering in her ear to cause Daddy trouble”). It makes me smile every time I see it.

So on this, the day of their birth, I’m looking at it with thankfulness, deeply grateful for their lives and their love and their spirit. Nearly overwhelmed by the presence of the one, and holding tightly to the memory of the other.

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6 Responses to “Happy Birthday”

  1. Mrs. says:

    Happy birthday to these sweet children!

  2. Mike Croghan says:

    Yeah, what she said. :-) And love to all the Stavs.

  3. pamela says:

    Filled with love and memories of two of my favorite little peeps!

    Ella, I’m sending a little love, love song to you! Wish I could be there!

  4. I’ve been out of the loop for a few days…

    I hope it was a wonderful birthday filled with joy!

  5. maria says:

    Ditto — wow. Thanks for sharing this. And blessings to you and yours!

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