Sunday, October 15, 2006

Happy 2nd Birthday to our Amazing Trips!

October 14, 2006 ... our babies are now two.

Where has the time gone?

These past two years have been an amazing adventure. William, Elizabeth & Carolyn have brought us more joy than imaginable. We never knew that we could feel such love and exhaustion. Simultaneously.

To our beautiful children: Thank you for coming in to our world. We cannot, and would not want to, imagine our lives without you. Good things come to those who wait. Great things come to those who wait longer. We have seen firsthand, the blessings that come to those who wait the longest. My only complaint is that you are growing up much too fast.

I am so excited to see what new experiences this coming year holds. My birthday wish is that you remain healthy, happy and safe. And also, that you remain in your cribs for at least the next 12-months.

As of today, we have three 2-year olds in the house.

Now, for a moment of prayer...

(This slide show is a small sampling of the more than 5,000 photos we have taken over the past 730 days. Over the next couple of weeks, I will be creating separate slide shows to document the babies birth, NICU experience and an introduction to each of our incredible children. But for now, these are some of my favorite pictures of our amazing trio in their first two years of life. Make sure your volume is up & enjoy!)


  1. Yep! Definately "our" Miracle Babies! You are very lucky.
    Happy Birthday! Carolyn, Elizabeth, William, Jen and Charlie.
    PS Add Uncle Bill to your prayer list. He needs his angels again.
    Love, Marg.

  2. That slide show brought tears to my eyes. I can imagine it brings tears to yours as well.
    I love the cakes.
    Happy Birthday!


  3. HAppy birthday- amazing how your life can fill up so much in such a short time--I loved seeing that- It took me 3 yrs and 7 m/cs and daily shots and meds to get my smart baby- and for all the torture that it was- it has brought me such joy- those celebrations are even sweeter!

  4. Oh my goodness...that was SO sweet! I can't believe you now officially have 3-2 year olds in your house. Is there ever going to be an age when you say you have 3 of a certain age and it DOESN't sound crazy? You know, like 3 newborns or 3 teenagers, or better yet 3 - 16 year olds or 3 - 21 year olds......followed by 3 GROWN children. It's too much to take in, you just have to live it day to day.

    Congratulations to you and your husband for making it another year. Happy birthday to little William, Carolyn and Elizabeth!!!!

  5. Awww.. Great kids will always have each other.

  6. Happy Birthday sweet babies! It's way toooooo fast isn't it! Congrats of your beautiful family!

  7. Oh Jenna & Charlie,
    I am so happy for you guys! Happy 2nd Birthday to you both!
    Love, Lorie
    ps- thanks for making me cry...again!

  8. Pics made me beautiful!!
    You are a lucky lady.
    Linda (Chicago)

  9. Tears are streaming down my face. Your children are beautiful. You are a lucky mommy

  10. I am weping as I watch - what beautiful, loving children born to sensational parents. Two years - WOW - more adventure and love to come. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Happy Birthday, William, Carolyn & Elizabeth! Congratulations on 2 years, Mom & Dad!
    The slideshow was awesome. I am crying over my coffee cup!!!

  12. Oh, that made me cry! What an amazing adventure your life has been. It's all so worth it, isn't it?

    Happy Birthday!

  13. That was very beautiful. Can't wait to see more pictures. Happy birthday to them.

  14. Dad and Kathleen10/16/06, 11:53 AM

    Dear Charlie and Jen:
    Joy to the world!

    Happy Birthday precious ones. Tears of gratitude and joy flow in our home today as we watch your video.

    Much love,
    Poppa and Kathleen

  15. What a beautiful family. How nice that you took the time to put the pictures together. We all should take note of that as we often put things like this last on our lists when they are the most important. I really enjoyed it! Happy Birthday to your amazing three!

  16. The slide show was great! Happy Birthday Carolyn, Elizabeth, and William! 2 is a big year!

  17. Cloe (Carolyn's bbs)10/17/06, 12:32 AM

    Happy, Happy, Happy Birthday to your amazing trips!
    They are gorgeous! You have a beautiful family!

  18. Beautiful. Thank you for the slideshow. IT was absolutely beautiful.

    p.s. i love how they have the SAME reaction to santa as they did their 1st birthday party photo! I love it :)

    Don't worry C.E.W.--I cry when I see Santa too :) :) :)

  19. Yes, so I blubbered too. :) It was especially touching since my little Monkey just turned 2 as well. It just happens to fast!!

  20. Thanks for sharing that sweet slide show! I love the santa picture, and the one that looked like you were trying to read all three of them a book.

    Best wishes to all fuve of you for another amzing year together!