13 November 2010

a very special day.

today is november 13th, the birthday of not one, but two of my nephews! andrew and cooper were born one year apart on the exact same day. it is hard to put into words the joy that has since followed their births. i love living near andrew and look forward to seeing cooper soon while i'm in seattle over thanksgiving. i miss him!

three years ago today i was in argentina surrounded by a group of YAGM volunteers. upon news of andrew's arrival we celebrated with a cake, candles and happy birthday spanish-style. my sister and i reminisced earlier while watching this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qvm86HcgPAA

so much has happened since then; 2007 feels like a lifetime ago. in some ways, i suppose it was. my prayer is that it keeps getting better. that by living through heartache and loss we experience joy, beauty and contentment more fully. ah, but i digress.

it was a perfect day for a pancake party! although when analisa asked andrew what he wanted to do for his birthday, he routinely replied, "eat tic-tacs with daddy." to which she would say, "really, andrew? that is what you want to do for your birthday?" and he would confirm, "yes. with blue and green tic-tacs, please."

we celebrated the first snow of the season with three inches on the ground by 7am. it has persisted ever since.  who knows what adventures tomorrow will bring, but today's will carry me through for a good while. 

grateful for family today.

Andrew "the bugger" Gerbig and me.


  1. This picture is the best ever.

  2. I agree. Such a beautiful picture! And fun to 'meet' Cooper too in your recent post. Thank you for coming to meet Svea when we were in town! A blessing!