When you are this little, a lot changes in twelve months. It was at this time last year that my parents came to visit us.
We've learned to really cherish Russell in the last few months. Each day he is becoming more and more his own person with likes (bananas, cheese, ice cream, his favorite Dr. Suess ABC book) and dislikes (vegetables and being strapped in the cart while at Target).
I suppose the biggest lesson Dan and I have learned the past year is the perspective of a loving parent- and the slightest glimpse of how God views us. Sometimes He allows us to test the waters of our will so we'll learn (like allowing Russell to touch our hot coffee mugs so he won't touch them again) and other times, He just keeps us from harming ourselves (like keeping plastic covers over the electrical outlets). Most of all, we've learned unconditional love for our child. There is "nothing he could do to make us love him more, and nothing he could do to make us love him less." (What's So Amazing About Grace- Yancey)
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