Baby Braden Petska

Friday, August 17, 2007

Birthday Blessings!

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Today is the day....the celebration of Braden's first birthday. Today, we not only celebrate life, but so much more. We celebrate a year of miracles, the devotion of life-saving doctors and nurses we proudly name our heroes, the advancement of medicine, the beauty of family and friends who surround us with love and support, and of course the little boy who wears his badge of courage each and everyday expressing true happiness with his big, bright, tooth-filled smile!

Although Braden will never remember the courageous battles he fought, he will always be reminded of the devoted army of supporters who cheered his way to victory. Although the war is not over, we feel peace in knowing God has special plans for Braden. He has already given Braden the determination and tenacity to fight so hard during his first year of his life. As we enjoy the present (a precious gift), we anxiously embrace the future God has planned for him.

Thanks again for allowing us to share this first year of parenthood and all of the bumps and blessings along the way.

Steph, Rich, and Braden
PS...these are pics of today - a good morning Happy Birthday; special dinner with mom & dad; mmmmm chocolate cupcake; all cleaned up & ready for bed!! We're having a family party on Sunday to continue the celebration!


Blogger Erika Slager said...

Happy Birthday Braden!
We have been thinking about you all day today and what a special day of celebration! Have a wonderful weekend continuing the festivities! Can't wait for another play date!
Erika, Kevin and SuperSam
PS- We had so much fun last weekend, the positive vibes all around us were amazing!

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday dear Braden, Happy Birthday to you" :)

We also have been thinking about the three of you all day. Thanks for sharing the pictures -- love the cupcake mess!

Love, Uncle Mark, Aunt Barb and Cousins Natalie, Andrew and Trevor

9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Braden!

Looks like you really enjoyed your cupcake! Have a wonderful weekend celebrating this milestone!

Love & Blessings,
Lisa and Dennis

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Braden! I don't know why, but suddenly I have a craving for chocolate cupcakes! I hope you enjoyed your special day. (It sure looks like you did.)

Tell your Mommy and Daddy thank you for such a wonderful time last weekend and for helping to inspire us when we most needed it.

You're a special little boy Braden!

Joe, Jen, Coen, and Zachery Dacy.

1:11 AM  

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