Tuesday, September 27, 2011

an answer to a prayer.

i had such a fun-filled weekend in Phoenix with my brother and his family including the birthday girl, my now 9 year old niece Brianna. 

here she is with one of her birthday surprises (isn't their new house gorgeous?)

we had an alice in wonderland tea party, complete with the croquet and pin the smile on the cheshire cat {since i was helping with the games, i'm sad to say i only took photos of some of the decorations}.

my brother had some of his friends surprise bri with a fly over, right over the house (seriously!? awesome).

and the next day, brianna had her first horse riding lesson.

as many of you know, my brother is in the national guard and has gone to Iraq on three separate year long deployments. On this last deployment is where he met Christina, the love of both of our lives. :) me and marianne have prayed for my brother's happiness for so long. She is the answer to our prayers... they both are. Brianna was the extra blessing. I was so lucky to be part of her birthday weekend!

and this, i just had to show you! last december bri's class had an art assignment where they had to answer when "a christmas stocking isn't a stocking" and this was her answer: 

i am blessed with an amazing family. beyond blessed.


Itchin' Stitchin' said...

That birthday looks amazing! So glad you all had fun.
Love how happy she is with that horse :)

Erin {pughs' news} said...

I'm so happy you got to have that time together. What a wonderful weekend! (and those decorations? amazing!)

I remember sending Marco a Christmas card in Iraq, speaking of Christmas stockings. Isn't it wonderful that this year, he'll be safe and sound, stateside?


Erin {pughs' news} said...

I use "wonderful" far too often. Must get a thesaurus.

But still, both of those things really are wonderful... ;~)

Claire Kiefer said...

Oh my goodness, my heart is tingling looking at this! There is nothing sweeter than kids' art. And how wonderful that Marco finally found his happiness in Christina (and Brianna). So glad you got to celebrate her birthday with them! And what an incredible party--I'm so impressed. It's true; you are lucky to have such an incredible, close, loving family. xoxoxo.

Rhianne said...

I can imagine that Christina and Brianna feel incredibly blessed to be welcomed into your family Micaela :)

That party does look wonderful though, Erin's right!

Claudia said...

It looks like a great time and those birthday decorations...just awesome! I am so happy for your brother's happiness! xoxo

Faiza said...

i love what little bit i know of marco and christina's story. i am so happy that brianna has this gorgeous daily example of love in her life!

Stephanie said...

How awesome!
And that house is beautiful!!!

Phoenix Peacock said...

too stinking cute.
Another niece! How fabulous!

kimbirdy said...

aw, so sweet! and that birthday party looks beyond adorable, way cuter than i was imagining!

Anonymous said...

I don't even know where to begin... just a big ole AWESOME!!! Great post.

Jo said...

You do have an amazing family! I love when you post about them...your connection to them and your love for them really shows.

And by the way, I want a birthday party just like Brianna's next year!! :)

April said...

This is so great. I'm so glad your brother has found such happiness!

missy. said...

their house is gorgeous. i'm glad you had a good time! xoxo

ashleyTIA said...

Family time is the best. :) The party looks adorable. :)

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